Mimi Pickard only started studying textiles in 2016, but has since gone on to establish her own, eponymous wallpaper and fabric brand. Inspired by the avant-garde Bloomsbury Group, her designs emulate the natural, and almost naïve, feel of the decorative style, as well as having a strong sense of colour and shape. There are three collections to choose from – Lily, Charlie and Jack – all of which take inspiration from the English landscape.
Boutique wallpaper brand Common Room was launched by London-based artist Kate Hawkins in 2014, with a modest range consisting of just four designs. Sarah McClean joined her a year later, with the duo now selling a selection of contemporary and archival prints, most of which they commission from current artists such as Fee Greening, as well as inaugural designs from the V&A archives, including Lioness & Palms by Voysey – an interior designer favourite.
A London-based Dutch design house founded by Ottoline de Vries, this brand is known for its playful use of colour and composition, as well as its unique and contemporary patterns inspired by nature, historic styles, culture and art. During her time as a lawyer in Amsterdam, Ottoline developed a passion for restoring antiques and decorating them with paint and wallpaper. When she couldn’t find the patterns she was looking for, she set about creating her own.
Originally from Yorkshire, London-based designer Jessica Osborne launched her wallpaper and fabric business barely three years ago. After studying textile design at Central St. Martins and the University of Leeds, Jessica began her career as a producer and agent at a photographic agency in West London, where she worked with some of the country’s leading fashion and still life photographers. Known for her bold use of colour and pattern, her wallpapers are all printed in England using both traditional and digital techniques.
The natural world, primarily the landscape of her native California, is what inspires the imagination of designer Alexis Hartman. Wallpaper patterns are translated from her paintings and hand-carved blocks, first into silkscreens before they’re printed onto linen and clay-coated paper. The result is whimsical, gentle floral designs in joyful colours.
A true family business, Marthe Armitage Prints is an artisanal design company producing exclusive, hand-printed wallpapers and co-ordinating screen-printed fabrics from handmade linocuts. The intricate, signature designs are created by artist Marthe Armitage herself at her studio in Chiswick, using the traditional technique of lino block printing with the help of her daughter Jo Broadhurst, who is an artist and trained architect, together with Marthe’s youngest grandson, Jacob. More recently, a high-end range of digitally printed wallpaper has also been introduced.
Willow Crossley x Barneby Gates
In March this year, floral stylist Willow Crossley collaborated with wallpaper brand Barneby Gates. The result was two eye-catching, botanically inspired designs, each available in two colours. Willow’s wild and seasonal approach to flowers is depicted in Botanica, which was inspired by Mary Delaney’s botanical collages. She also has a deep love for the colours of India and was keen to explore this in the second design – the Maharani Block Print.
Jessica Russell Flint X Lick
Paint brand Lick have just launched a small collection of wallpaper, including a new collection by fashion designer, illustrator and artist Jessica Russell Flint. If you gravitate towards anything astronomical, love the heritage of chinoiserie or fancy injecting some jungle tropics into your home, Jessica’s creative, colour-loving collaboration is well worth checking out.
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