VEL­VET UN­DER­GROUND

Città’s lat­est col­lec­tion celebrates dec­o­ra­tive op­u­lence in con­tem­po­rary style.

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The ice-white skies, snow-caked trees and tiered ar­chi­tec­ture of Vi­enna all pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion for Or­na­men­tal, Città’s new au­tumn col­lec­tion. By em­ploy­ing vel­vet to de­note con­tem­po­rary lux­ury through­out the range, the tra­di­tional 18th-cen­tury op­u­lence of this tac­tile fab­ric has been reimag­ined for modern spa­ces. “Vel­vet is the ul­ti­mate lux­ury fab­ric, ri­valled only by silk,” says Imo­gen Tun­ni­cliffe, Città’s Head of Tex­tile de­sign. “It was clear that we needed to cel­e­brate it in this col­lec­tion.”

The range tunes into the de­sign world’s re­con­nec­tion with em­bel­lish­ment, pat­tern, lux­ury and “a lit­tle more fri­vol­ity”, says Tun­ni­cliffe. “Vel­vet is rich and tac­tile and draws you in to touch it. It’s a plush fab­ric that re­flects the as­ton­ish­ingly dec­o­rated and lav­ishly coloured palaces of Vi­enna.”

The col­lec­tion high­lights the en­gag­ing prop­er­ties and in­nate beauty of vel­vet. “Light re­flect­ing off the pile gives it a lu­mi­nous, lus­trous ef­fect and we didn’t want to com­pli­cate this with too much added pat­tern or em­bel­lish­ment.”

The colour pal­ette of the Or­na­men­tal col­lec­tion re­flects ideas around fem­i­nin­ity and beauty, in bal­ance with tones from the for­est. “It’s a warm, nat­u­ral pal­ette of nude, sub­tle pe­ony pink, amethyst and cash­mere. In con­trast, we in­cluded vary­ing tones of green with rich for­est, sub­tle sage and lu­mi­nous lichen grey.”

Within an in­te­rior set­ting, vel­vet el­e­gantly soft­ens the an­gu­lar lines of con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture and brings per­son­al­ity to a room. “Us­ing vel­vet cush­ions en masse is very ef­fec­tive, ei­ther mul­ti­ple cush­ions in the same tone, or tonal vari­a­tions work just as well.”

Above 'Ra­dial' side ta­ble from $490; vel­vet cush­ion cov­ers from $49.90; vel­vet pil­low­cases from $59.90; vel­vet quilted bed­spread from $359; quilted bed­head from $1490;glass vases from $59.90, all from Città.

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