When Decorex launched in the 1970s, interior design wasn’t exactly looking its hottest - that’s me working it in exhibit A above! Whilst we can proudly take a moment to go misty eyed about our design heritage, it’s also an exciting time to look forward and give our current independent design talent a woop woop and a big hug of encouragement. Here are some of my current British indie favourites, cheerful design to brighten up even the most grismal of days.
Helen Stevens is the owner of Surfacephilia, based in the North East, she creates contemporary bohemian patterns for the interiors and homeware market. The brand offers a modern edge and luxury to interiors, using layers of illustration, painting and collage to form highly decorative textures and surface patterns. Surfacephilia’s debut collection ‘Navajo’ currently consists of digitally printed wallpaper, fine china, greeting cards and a recently launched luxury cushion range. The theme of ‘Navajo’ draws inspiration from native American and natural sources such as birds, feathers, earth stones and embroidery handicraft.
Designer-maker Jane Blease is based in Manchester and creates innovative and sustainable interior products which range from accessories and lighting to furniture. Her products sit well both in commercial and domestic spaces. Jane's eye-catching designs combine simple elegant forms with elaborate pattern. Sustainability is at the core of Jane's designs, minimising waste through imaginative and efficient use of
Rachael Taylor Designs
Rachael Taylor is a designer and textile artist based in Leeds. She creates 'patterns to make you happy' and developed her early signature style of layering, textures and quirky hand drawn linework to set up her label Rachael Taylor Designs, selling her products online and in stores across the UK. She‘s also secured licensed product ranges sold worldwide. Rachael recently launched a groundbreaking e-course called 'The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design'.
roddy&ginger’s vintage and folk style textiles and prints are handprinted and handmade in the UK. The London company was started in 2009 by graphic and textile designer Virginia Armstrong and they’ve now added wallpaper to their range. Their logpile wallpaper is printed in three woodland themed colours: woodsmoke, silver birch and moss yellow and the range also includes co-ordinating cushions, pillowcases and teatowels.
Anne-Louise Charlton is a freelance design consultant and project manager, based in Manchester. She recently worked on the interior design and fit-out of the BBC’s awardwinning new HQ at MediaCityUK, from concept to completion. Anne-Louise’s design blog is studio a-lc.