PROFILE: LOUISE JONES Botanical motifs and explosions of colour highlight this designer’s vibrant range of upholstery textiles
Botanical motifs and explosions of colour highlight this designer’s vibrant range of upholstery textiles.
In an interiors landscape still loitering over the concepts of Minimalism, it’s refreshing to see a designer intent upon richly intricate design. Melbourne designer Louise Jones has made a career of it, creating meticulous botanical motifs teeming with movement and life. “At the moment, design feels very Minimal,” she says.“I have an appreciation for Minimalism as well, but I also love a splash of pattern.” A former graphic designer, Jones began focusing on pattern full time in 2014. One of her early designs, Tropical — a medley of vines, staghorn ferns, strobilanthes and green foliage — would become her Layla: the work everybody wanted. It has been featured everywhere, from cushions to wallpaper and furniture, and printed onto glass for her 2017 collaboration with Italian lighting company Torremato and designer Francesco Favaretto. Jones and Torremato are now working “My mum has always had a beautiful, flourishing garden of flowers,” she says. “There’s no real theme; just clusters of colourful fullness in different shapes and forms and textures. Growing up, I was surrounded by that.” Her often botanically leaning designs — from the lush foliage in Tropical to the delicate florals in her latest design, Dreamscape — seem to reinterpret that early exposure. Her life, too, has shifted towards a place that’s more magical and nature-focused than her previous dwelling in suburban Melbourne: she moved to the nearby picturesque Dandenong Ranges last year. “[My family] has always wanted to be surrounded by greenery,” says Jones. “Up here, there are a lot of ferns, mountain ash, beautiful gum trees and heaps of different flowers. Everything grows so well here and I get so inspired by it.” To fuel that inspiration, Jones explores her local neighbourhood, seeking out what’s in bloom. Taking photographs, she returns to her home studio and either depicts what she’s seen in watercolour or plays with the captured imagery on her computer to create a design. Working with a local print studio, she has her designs printed onto thick, heavy Belgian linen, and lately has taken to having the fabric upholstered onto vintage furniture, making for one-off pieces sold on her website. “I’m a chair enthusiast, so I always keep an eye out for any interesting, vintage, mid-century-style chairs,” says Jones. “I store them away for a while and think about what will look good on them.” The resultant chairs — some with rambunctious curves, others all neat, clean lines — seem to work seamlessly with the Dreamscape fabric and its Art Deco feel and pastel tones. “Pattern just makes me happy,” says Jones. “I’d like to give people an appreciation for it — and for flowers, of course.” Visit louisejones.com.au
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