With an abundance of research material season on season, the V&A’s archive is always a plentiful source of inspiration. The possibilities are infinite. The Autumn / Winter 2018 Collection saw our lead designer draw upon two key themes – Classic Floral’s & Arts & Crafts.

We take a look at the archive pieces that inspired our latest collaboration with the world renowned museum.


Classic Florals

CHINESE BLUEBIRD FLEURI

The V&A archive is home to a spectrum of floral designs, from romantic chintz patterns used in home furnishings to hand-painted wallpapers from the Georgian era. For A/W 2018, the Chinese Bluebird design drew inspiration from an early 20th century wallpaper pattern in the chinoiserie style.

Featuring an abundance of exotic birds and lush blossom trails, this style has always been at the height of interior fashion and gives a sense of tranquillity to any room. Developed in two colourways; aqua and multi with matching curtains and accessories working together to bring a presence of history into your interior.

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FLEURI

The V&A archive is home to a spectrum of floral designs, from romantic chintz patterns used in home furnishings to hand-painted wallpapers from the Georgian era. For A/W 2018, the Chinese Bluebird design drew inspiration from an early 20th century wallpaper pattern in the chinoiserie style.

Featuring an abundance of exotic birds and lush blossom trails, this style has always been at the height of interior fashion and gives a sense of tranquillity to any room. Developed in two colourways; aqua and multi with matching curtains and accessories working together to bring a presence of history into your interior.

Fleuri is based on a watercolour design for a printed textile by Arthur Wilcock, a 19th century British designer who worked for leading manufacturers of fabrics and wallpapers such as Liberty of London. Featuring a naturalistic floral pattern on a soft grey ground, this subtle design is suitably light yet refreshing with pops of pink, violet and yellow. The perfect classic floral for a contemporary home.

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