5 MIN­UTES WITH… Print de­signer Anna Glover

The print de­signer and win­ner of the 2016 House Beau­ti­ful Ed­i­tor’s Award is known for merg­ing tra­di­tional and mod­ern tech­niques to cre­ate in­tri­cate wall­pa­pers. Now she has plans for your wardrobe…

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WHAT MADE YOU DE­CIDE TO OPEN YOUR OWN STU­DIO?

I’d been work­ing in fash­ion, but I wanted to de­sign on a much big­ger scale – when pro­duc­ing gar­ments you’re lim­ited to dress size. I was con­vinced there was room for some­thing new and ex­cit­ing at the lux­ury end of the in­te­ri­ors mar­ket and set up my stu­dio in 2013.

I now have four de­sign­ers work­ing with me on bespoke global projects. We’re lo­cated in Hack­ney Wick, east Lon­don, in an old, canal-side ware­house op­po­site the for­mer Olympic sta­dium. We have a huge ta­ble for paint­ing and rolling out the wall­pa­pers, plenty of com­put­ers, and art­work on all the walls to con­stantly in­spire us.

WHERE DO YOU FIND THE IN­SPI­RA­TION FOR YOUR MURALS, PRINTS AND WALL­PA­PERS?

Be­cause the projects I work on are so var­ied, I have to be re­ally flex­i­ble. I’ve al­ways looked to the work of Ja­pa­nese mas­ter painters and wood-block prints for ideas, and I spend a lot of time re­search­ing con­tem­po­rary and his­tor­i­cal art, fash­ion and plant life.

HOW HAVE YOU MAN­AGED TO COM­BINE HAND-PAINT­ING TECH­NIQUES WITH DIG­I­TAL TECH­NOL­OGY?

Paint­ing by hand gives my work a rich, time­less qual­ity. Com­bin­ing it with mod­ern com­puter tech­nol­ogy al­lows me to cre­ate small pro­duc­tion lines, for in­stance, when I’m work­ing on a de­sign for a sin­gle wall. Also, with tech­nol­ogy there’s no limit to your colour and tex­ture choices – you can cap­ture ev­ery sin­gle brush mark and all of the very sub­tle de­tails that add depth to a de­sign. Peo­ple of­ten think my pat­terns are hand-painted di­rectly onto ev­ery piece of silk!

YOU NOW HAVE A FASH­ION COL­LEC­TION WITH H&M. HAS THIS BEEN IN­SPIRED BY YOUR DE­SIGNS FOR THE HOME?

Yes, H&M wanted me to trans­late the depth and sto­ry­telling found in my wall­pa­pers into prints that peo­ple could wear ev­ery day.

The first chal­lenge was the huge dif­fer­ence in scale. The sec­ond was the fact that when I de­sign for the home, I work with a static ob­ject, whereas a gar­ment is fluid, which will make the same pat­tern look very dif­fer­ent. There are lots of cross­over tech­niques though. And it helped, of course, to have a back­ground in fash­ion.

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LEFT The dark teal and del­i­cate gold de­tail­ing of the Float­ing Gar­denwall­pa­per by Anna Glover, avail­able this Septem­ber, adds some Art Deco style to the Sin­gle Der­wentwall light and Round Tilt mir­ror from Drum­monds

FROM TOP Anna Glover in her east Lon­don work­place. The Span daybed by Tem­per Stu­dio is up­hol­stered in el­e­gantly pat­terned silk de­signed by Anna. She hand­paints all of her de­signs, which are then dig­i­tally up­loaded, with even the finest de­tails trans­ferred onto her wall­pa­pers, fab­rics and clothes for H&M

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