GOOD COM­PANY

Prov­ing that two heads are bet­ter than one, th­ese three cre­ative part­ner­ships fuse artis­tic skill, crafts­man­ship and tech­nique

Homes & Gardens - - CONTENTS - WORDS EMMA J PAGE PHO­TO­GRAPHS MEL yates

Three de­sign part­ner­ships with a dif­fer­ence.

MARTIN WALLER, FOUNDER, AN­DREW MARTIN, & KIT KEMP, DE­SIGNER & HOTE­LIER

Founder of Fir­m­dale Ho­tels, Kit Kemp has col­lab­o­rated with life­style brand An­drew Martin to pro­duce six fabric and five wall­pa­per de­signs, each in 15 colour­ways.

“What was the start­ing point for the project?

Martin: Kit has a strong back cat­a­logue of much-loved de­sign from her work in ho­tels rang­ing from Ham Yard in Lon­don to The Whitby in New York. We have tried to bot­tle that and of­fer the crit­i­cal build­ing blocks of her style, en­abling peo­ple to bring home the ro­mance and magic of her ho­tels.

Kit: The in­spi­ra­tion was the An­rep Room in the Whitby Ho­tel, which fea­tures a wall­pa­per called Myth­i­cal Land. It brings fan­tas­ti­cal crea­tures to­gether with Amer­i­can folk art in a spe­cial way. Martin loves crea­tures in his de­signs and I love colour, so that was our blue­print.

How does the new col­lec­tion com­ple­ment An­drew Martin?

Martin: Kit’s work en­cap­su­lates ev­ery­thing that I think is im­por­tant in de­sign, in­clud­ing per­son­al­ity, a multi-lay­ered ap­proach and a sense of re­laxed style.

Kit: I think a fruit­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion should re­sult in some­thing that is greater than the orig­i­nal con­cept. That’s what hap­pened here – we’ve pro­duced de­signs that work well at home and can also be used on a big scale in larger ar­eas.

Visit an­drew­martin.co.uk.

HAY­LEY MCAFEE, BRAND MAN­AGER, VILLA NOVA, & FRANN PRE­STON-GAN­NON, CHIL­DREN’S IL­LUS­TRA­TOR

Fabric and wall­cov­er­ing spe­cial­ist Villa Nova’s first chil­dren’s range, Pic­ture Book, has been cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with three book il­lus­tra­tors, in­clud­ing Frann. Hay­ley tells us more about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind it...

“How did this col­lab­o­ra­tion come

about? We fell in love with the beau­ti­ful draw­ings of three renowned chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tors: Frann Pre­ston-gan­non, Christo­pher Corr and Yu­val Zom­mer. We knew they could help us cre­ate a col­lec­tion of fab­rics, trim­mings, cush­ions, rugs, wall­cov­er­ings, mu­rals and wall stick­ers spot­light­ing won­drous crea­tures, ab­stract pat­terns and far­away scenes.

What was the start­ing point for the

de­signs? Frann’s de­signs ex­plore an­i­mals in their habi­tats (as seen here with her won­der­ful wall mu­ral); Chris has cap­tured the in­trigue and excitement of ad­ven­tur­ous travel; while Yu­val was tasked to ex­press his love of na­ture, wildlife and in­sects.

What were the chal­lenges of work­ing in

such a dif­fer­ent medium? The size of the de­sign for a fabric is vast com­pared with the pages of a pic­ture book. For­tu­nately, our team has a wealth of knowl­edge when it comes to trans­form­ing an ini­tial il­lus­tra­tion into a re­peat­ing fabric or wall­cov­er­ing. We worked closely with the il­lus­tra­tors – the fi­nal de­signs re­flect ev­ery hand-drawn el­e­ment and painted brush mark.

Visit vil­lanova.co.uk.

MATTHEW BOURNE, CO-FOUNDER, CHRISTO­PHER FARR, & LUCY SWIFT WEBER, THE JOSEF AND ANNI ALBERS FOUN­DA­TION

For over a decade, Christo­pher Farr has been work­ing with Lucy Swift Weber to bring to life the cre­ative en­deav­ours of 20th cen­tury mod­ernists Josef and Anni Albers. Matthew tells us more about the range of rugs, papers and tex­tiles.

Ò Tell us how your col­lab­o­ra­tion

came about. Over the years, we have pro­duced over 200 hand­made rugs fea­tur­ing de­signs from Josef and Anni’s archives, and then we turned our at­ten­tion to fab­rics. Anni is well-known for her weaves, but less so for her print de­signs. How­ever, we found them to be ex­hil­a­rat­ing and ahead of their time. Our two new fab­rics, Orches­tra and Tem­ple (launch­ing this month), use scale in a won­der­ful way and bring a new di­men­sion to the cloth col­lec­tion. How do the mod­ernist de­signs com­ple­ment Christo­pher Farr? Anni Albers had a strong fo­cus on crafts­man­ship and de­sign in­tegrity, which cor­re­sponds to our val­ues. Her work has brought a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to our col­lec­tion and will soon be cel­e­brated at the Tate Mod­ern’s Anni Albers ex­hi­bi­tion.

What are the ben­e­fits of col­lab­o­ra­tions like

th­ese? The ca­pac­ity to look back, res­ur­rect work and make it rel­e­vant and ac­ces­si­ble to new au­di­ences. Most peo­ple can’t af­ford an orig­i­nal piece by Anni or Josef Albers, but they can in­vest in a beau­ti­ful up­hol­stered chair or a hand­made rug. It goes back to the Bauhaus ethos of good de­sign for all.

Visit christo­pher­far­rcloth.com. Anni Albers, Tate Mod­ern, Bankside, Lon­don, 11 Oc­to­ber to 27 Jan­uary 2019; tate.org.uk.

Martin Waller, left, and Kit Kemp. Fabric (on ta­ble) Hedgerow in Cerise, £80m; Great Plains in Nat­u­ral; Over The Moon in Char­coal Grey; Psy­cho Sprig in Trop­i­cal Blue and Trop­i­cal Yel­low (Kit hold­ing), all £74m. (On lad­der) Friendly Folk in Be­fore Dawn, £50m. Wall­pa­pers (hang­ing on wall) Wy­ch­wood, £60 a roll.

Hay­ley Mcafee, left, and Frann Pre­ston-gan­non. Be­hind them hangs the Dusky Ama­zon mu­ral and on the floor is the Lily Pad rug in Jun­gle, both Pic­ture Book col­lec­tion at Villa Nova.

Lucy Swift Weber, left, and Matthew Bourne. Matthew holds sam­ples for a rug called Re-edi­tion of Wall Hang­ing 1926, des­tined for sale at Tate Mod­ern; on the floor is the DRVII rug; on the ta­ble is the Orches­tra fabric in Ochre; hang­ing is Tem­ple in Green.

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