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British invasion

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Anglophiles are celebrating vintage patterns and tweaks on tradition from furniture and lighting to wallcovers and dishware by young British designers.

There are porter’s chairs, for instance, from the rebel luxury brand Jimmie Martin. While the classic chairs’ interiors are upholstered in luxe velvets and leathers, the cowl-like hooded backs are covered in graffiti. The effect is a little rococo, a little rock ‘n’ roll.

There are lighting fixtures from Lee Broom, who began his career as a teenage protégé of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. The Carousel pendant’s ring of gunmetal or brass cylinders is tipped with opal glass diffusers

Glasgow design house Timorous Beasties is known for avant-garde takes on traditional patterns for wallcoverings and fabrics. There’s Bloomsbury Garden, a lush flora and fauna pattern that celebrates the fashionable and famous London neighborhood. Get it in wallpaper, fabric or cushion form. Here too is the Thistle pattern, with the Scottish flower’s tufts and spikes placed against saturated hues like crimson, aubergine and earth.

Lancashire legacy wallpaper firm Graham & Brown also was inspired by Bloomsbury when creating its paper of the year. In this case, it was the Bloomsbury set, a group of early 20th century artists, writers and thinkers who pushed against the constraints of Victorian and Edwardian society. Bloomsbury Neo-Mint is a lush, country-garden floral print on a soigne, pale green background. A complementary paint color has also been created: Adeline, a deep bottle-green (named for Bloomsbury group member Virginia Woolf, whose first name was actually Adeline.)

Mosaic maker New Ravenna has launched the Bright Young Things collection, inspired by the glamorous, jazzy exuberance of London’s social scene in the 1920s. Patterns evocative of art deco and the boemian spirit of the era are translated into tumbled, polished stone trimmed with brushed metallics.

Even teacups have been given a refresh. Royal Worcester , one of England’s oldest porcelain makers, has Hannah Dale’s whimsical Wrendale Designs collection, inspired by the artist’s Stoke-on-Trent studio home. Woodland bird and animal watercolor drawings are printed on fine bone china.

Source: Associated Press

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