Kate Moss does wall­pa­per – and it’s gorge

Kate Moss has struck gold with her new wall­pa­per de­sign

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - CONTENT - de­gour­nay.com Talib Choudhry

CALL ME A CYNIC, but when I heard that Kate Moss had launched a wall­pa­per I was ex­pect­ing to be un­der­whelmed. I was wrong. Moss’s de­sign for de Gour­nay is as be­guil­ing as the model her­self.

A favourite with in­te­rior de­sign­ers, de Gour­nay pro­duces ex­quis­ite hand­painted wall­pa­pers that grace ho­tels, restau­rants and pri­vate houses around the world. The wall panels are made to fit the ex­act pro­por­tions of each room and its cre­ative team, led by Jemma Cave, pro­duces be­spoke de­signs.

Cave spent time with Moss at her north Lon­don home, de­vel­op­ing a de­sign de­pict­ing cas­cad­ing anemone blooms against a dark back­ground – dubbed ‘Dusk’, Moss’s favourite time of day – which now hangs in the su­per­model’s art-deco-in­spired bath­room.

‘I re­ally en­joyed the peace­ful af­ter­noons with Jemma,’ says Moss, ‘She’d come over with her paints – I es­pe­cially loved her lit­tle pot of gold! – and we would sip tea and Seedlip cock­tails. I was sur­prised at how sat­is­fied I felt un­rolling the first fin­ished panel.’

Once de­signed, the papers are painted in de Gour­nay ’s Shang­hai work­shop us­ing a tra­di­tional two­brush tech­nique, which takes years to master and cre­ates feather-fine de­tails. Con­tem­po­rary chi­nois­erie pat­terns with del­i­cately ren­dered flow­ers, birds and an­i­mals are the best­sellers.

The Kate Moss Anemones in Light pa­per is to be­come part of de Gour­nay’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, al­low­ing anyone to chan­nel the boho dec­o­rat­ing style she has de­vel­oped work­ing with the in­te­rior de­signer Katie Grove. ‘We both love de Gour­nay and ap­proached the brand with the idea of a col­lab­o­ra­tion,’ Moss ex­plains. ‘I like that ev­ery el­e­ment is so care­fully con­sid­ered from a sin­gle well-placed bird or flower. Wall­pa­per adds warmth, tex­ture and drama to a room. It can trans­port you to an­other place. It lifts the soul.’

Right Kate Moss with her hand-painted wall­pa­per de­sign, Anemones in Light, now hanging in the su­per­model’s art­deco-in­spired bath­room

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