Lady Deirdre Dyson is a consummately British designer, inspired by the English countryside and the natural environment: for 2019’s intricately knotted Plumes collection she has taken a variety of British domestic birds, from pheasants to Mandarin ducks, and abstracted the patterns of their feathers and colours.
Lady Dyson studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art (now part of Central St Martins) and Wimbledon College of Art and her background as a fine artist informs everything she designs. Her unparalleled eye for colour is particularly evident in her graded carpets, especially in the Horizons collection, in which she creates dramatic sea and skyscapes in wool and silk. Horizons was launched last January at Maison & Objet in Paris and for this collection Lady Dyson played with scale – the biggest carpet measures seven metres in width – which also gave her the chance to showcase the incredible skill of the company’s Nepalese weavers. Horizons was so well received that several designers tried to buy one of the designs, a large-scale dramatic sunset vista called Skyscape, from the wall.
Deirdre Dyson’s background as a fine artist informs everything she does. Her unparalleled eye for colour is particularly evident in her dramatic graded carpets
Another high point last year was the inclusion of one of Lady Dyson’s designs, Unravel, in the (RED) Suite at the Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel, personally curated by Sir Terence Conran. The graded hues in Unravel made it the perfect centrepiece to the scheme and the carpet sits with design classics and (RED) collaborations to benefit the Aids charity established by Bono and Bobby Shriver. Lady Dyson’s largest project last year, however, involved the creation of carpets for 15 rooms in a listed Georgian townhouse in Mayfair. Through her use of bold, geometric designs and colour, she successfully developed a scheme, which not only defined and enhanced each room, but also sat comfortably with remaining period features of the house while at the same time complementing the architects’ reworking of the building.
Deirdre Dyson has also gone from strength to strength internationally. Last year, the company was commissioned to create a series of carpets based on the Sandtrail design for a pair of suites at a boutique hotel in Monaco. The brand has also expanded its reach in the US, designing a bespoke, highly intricate mosaic carpet for the main public salon of a high-profile project in New York. Perhaps most exciting of all, though, was creating a version of Lady Dyson’s Skyscape design for a private jet. For Lady Dyson and her team perfection lies in the bespoke process, embracing every design challenge thrown at it. A recent project on Park Avenue, New York, is a perfect illustration.
Lady Dyson studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art (now part of Central St Martins) and Wimbledon College of Art
The commission was to create carpets for almost every room in this private home, featuring dramatic views of the New York skyline and Central Park. For the bedrooms, Lady Dyson selected one design, Sea Mist, and created custom grades in different hues, giving each room its own colour palette, which crucially, didn’t fight with the spectacular views. The result was so successful that the client has chosen to custom-dye chairs in key colours from each design.
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