MARTHE AR­MITAGE

THE BRI­TISH TEXTILES DE­SIGNER WORKS WITH JO MALONE LON­DON AND COMES UP SMELLING OF ROSES.

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The Bri­tish textiles de­signer works with

Jo Malone Lon­don and comes up smelling of roses

IN A WORLD OF com­puter-aided de­sign and dig­i­tal print­ing, Bri­tish de­signer Marthe Ar­mitage still painstak­ingly draws, cuts and block-prints all her wall­pa­pers by hand. The oc­to­ge­nar­ian, who has just worked on a limited-edi­tion col­lec­tion for Jo Malone Lon­don, has al­ways proved the ex­cep­tion to the rule. Ar­mitage be­gan de­sign­ing in the mid 1950s while her chil­dren were at school, but it wasn’t un­til just over a decade ago that her prints gleaned sought-af­ter sta­tus. “Every­thing had been very sparse and min­i­mal and then sud­denly peo­ple were in­ter­ested in pat­tern,” says Ar­mitage over tea at the Jo Malone Lon­don head­quar­ters in Maryle­bone. Among those in­ter­ested were de­signer Ilse Craw­ford and New York dec­o­ra­tor Miles Redd — and Ar­mitage even re­calls model Stella Tennant and ac­tress Tilda Swin­ton saun­ter­ing up the gar­den path to her Thames-side west Lon­don home stu­dio (where she works with daugh­ter Jo Broad­hurst) to pick out wall­pa­pers for their re­spec­tive Scot­tish homes. The col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jo Malone Lon­don brings to­gether two very Bri­tish aes­thet­ics, and Ar­mitage was in­spired by some of the fra­grance house’s more fa­mil­iar notes to cre­ate the mo­tifs that grace a small se­lec­tion of prod­ucts. “Roses are al­ways a joy to draw,” she ex­plains. “The pear was a nat­u­ral be­cause of its fruit and blos­som, honey is de­picted by the bee­hives at my al­lot­ment and the lion is from Chiswick House near to where I live.” Named af­ter nov­el­ist Henry James’s two favourite words in the English lan­guage, Sum­mer Af­ter­noon will be avail­able from 5 June.

clock­wise from be­low: Marthe Ar­mitage in her stu­dio. The Sum­mer Af­ter­noon range in­cludes scented drawer lin­ers and can­dle, soap col­lec­tion and Nec­tarine Blos­som & Honey bath oil in an etched glass de­can­ter.

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