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.

VOGUE Living Australia - - Contents - By VL FREYA HER­RING

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 louise­

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