Three designer collaborations born of chance encounters and serendipity
Hitting It Off: Three Interior Design Collaborations We’re Excited About
Lulu Lytle of Soane Britain and fashion designer Duro Olowu
It was Olowu’s Instagram post of a window display in Soane’s Pimlico Road shop that sparked this collection of punchy modernist weaves and swirling prints. ‘Soane makes fantastic textiles and furniture using small and dedicated British manufactures. I love the combination of thoroughly modern design with a respect for traditional and painstaking techniques,’ explains Olowu. ‘And how I have been able to bring my own international pattern and print sensibility into the Soane aesthetic.’
Lytle: ‘It’s his fearlessness with colour and pattern that really appeals to me. He has a certain irreverence and is happy to break with convention.’ Duro Olowu for Soane Britain, from £140 p/m. soane.co.uk; duroolowu.com
Holly Howe of Howe London and lampshade maker Rosi de Ruig
‘The Urn lamp, an old Howe design, disappeared from our collection almost accidentally,’ explains Holly Howe. ‘Ten years later we happily bumped into one in Bath while photographing an interior project, and knew we should dig out our old patterns and set about making it again’. What eluded Howe, however, was the perfect shade; until a client, Harding & Read, suggested shade maker Rosi de Ruig. ‘Nicola Harding, who has a devil of an eye for good colour, introduced us to Rosi de Ruig, a master shade-maker, who uses materials with a natural quality and, in the case of the marbled papers, take me back to the beautiful papers I discovered lining the drawers of some old Georgian chests my father has bought over the years,’ says Howe.
De Ruig makes everything herself, even down to the trim, cutting long strips of fabric on the bias and applying tape to create a fold. ‘It’s a labour of love,’ laughs de Ruig. This attention to detail and hand-crafting perfectly suits the Howe aesthetic. ‘Finding a properly made and inspiring lampshade for a reasonable price is a real challenge, so meeting Rosi and her flamboyant, swirling hand-marbled paper was the beginning of a perfect collaboration.’ Urn lamp, £850. howelondon.com; rosi-de-ruig.myshopify.com
Arlene McIntyre of Ventura Design and Trinny Woodall
A leading name in interior design in Ireland, Arlene McIntyre was the obvious go-to when Trinny Woodall’s team planned a roadshow event in Dublin for her Trinny London beauty brand. Ventura Design created the pop-up in a Dublin townhouse and the two struck up a friendship. ‘She has such a confidence, which I love,’ says McIntyre. ‘She said people would be queueing round the street to get in and she was absolutely right.’ As well as interiors, McIntyre designs and manufactures furniture for clients at her London Ventura showroom at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.
‘I wanted to design an elegant chair that reflected Trinny’s personal style as well as displaying pops of her signature colour. I think we have created a smart and extremely comfortable armchair that will work well in both contemporary and classic interiors.’ The result is a feminine tub-style chair featuring a ‘Trinny London’ bright yellow trim and dove-grey neutral linen. Trinny chair, £1,440. venturalondon.co.uk; trinnylondon.com