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‘Nina brings us an “English coun­try house” look, whereas Matthew’s col­lec­tions come straight from his cou­ture de­signs – I jumped at the chance of work­ing with both of them,’ says Osborne. His al­liance with the two de­sign­ers is still go­ing strong – the brand’s re­leases for au­tumn/win­ter 2017 in­clude a mix­ture of Camp­bell’s hand-printed linens, which are made in In­dia, with Wil­liamson’s in­tri­cate, colour-filled cre­ations.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Osborne’s own home in Not­ting Hill mir­rors the vi­va­cious de­signs that com­prise the brand’s pat­tern books. ‘My house is dec­o­rated ex­clu­sively in Osborne & Lit­tle,’ he ad­mits. ‘Most re­cently, I put in Matthew Wil­liamson’s ‘Dragon­fly Dance’ – with the bronze back­ground – go­ing up the stairs, and I had a door made to match. I also have a very eclec­tic mix­ture of fur­ni­ture. I love For­nasetti and Mem­phis Group pieces – it’s all quite busy, and I keep chang­ing it.’

Osborne seems a lit­tle sur­prised at his com­pany’s longevity. ‘Some­times I think it’s a mir­a­cle to have sur­vived from those times at all,’ he muses, thumb­ing through press cut­tings from the brand’s launch. Yet, while times may have changed, dig­i­tal print­ing has al­lowed the col­lec­tions to be­come in­creas­ingly in­tri­cate and ex­per­i­men­tal – cue Kit Miles’ hy­per-de­tailed ‘Rain For­est’ pat­tern, which is dec­o­rated with ex­otic birds. Osborne’s ethos has re­mained the same through­out it all: ‘To be cut­ting edge, ad­ven­tur­ous and at the fore­front of de­sign’. It’s this at­ti­tude that has car­ried the brand through five decades, seem­ingly with­out hav­ing aged a day.

Pat­terns, from top ‘Dragon­fly Dance’ wall­pa­per in ‘04’, £70 per roll; ‘Orangery’ fab­ric, £70 per me­tre, both by Matthew Wil­liamson at Osborne & Lit­tle (os­borne­an­dlit­tle.com)

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