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Zoffany
Spotlighting Kensington with an exquisite new range

Famed for its town-meets-country feel, world-class museums and cosmopolitan vibe, Kensington is an escape from the frenetic pace of the city. This season, fabric and wallpaper specialist Zoffany introduces a snapshot of this west London neighbourhood, expressed as three design stories: Eastern Palace, Paradise Row and Artist’s House. The Kensington Walk collection’s eight wallcoverings, seven prints, two weaves and embroidery are all produced using the finest materials, artisan techniques and modern processes.

 

Kensington Walk is a partnership between craftsmanship and technology, and how they combine to make something new,’ says Peter Gomez, head of design at Zoffany. ‘The scenic designs in this launch are an interpretation of Kensington life, using a pictorial narrative and international flavour. From Tyndall’s cascading canopy to Long Water’s turning brushstrokes, the prints and panels have a fresh and versatile colour palette, across a range of new and archive designs. Once again, we’re excited to collaborate with Sam Wilde whose striking Eastern Palace artwork shares the symbolism of Japanese culture.’

 

The Kensington Walk collection’s eight wallcoverings, seven   prints, two weaves and embroidery are all produced using the finest materials, artisan techniques and modern processes

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Celebrating the diverse international background of its inhabitants and the glory of global travel, Eastern Palace takes its design cues from Japan. Royal College of Art graduate Sam (he first worked with Zoffany on the Palladio collection last year) has created a delicate drawing which chronicles the country’s four main islands: Shinto shrines, temples and castles are interspersed with endemic flora and topiary as well as native animals such as sleeping giant kami, samurai crabs and stone turtles. Other patterns in this story include Akaishi, a woven textural wallpaper inspired by the southern Japanese Alps; Taisho Weave, a glorious representation of lotus leaves; and Floating Mountains, a classic Chinese scene of rolling waterfalls and towering peaks based on an archive document and illustrations on an ancient hanging scroll.

 

Paradise Row is an elegant story of greenery and gentry, hidden arts and leafy royal parks. Influences for the eponymous fabric – which is hand-drawn on fine linen – are botanical studies and flora gathered from around the world. Meanwhile Arion, a satin, references the horses that rode the centuries-old bridleways of London’s Hyde Park and Kanoko is inspired by a 1930s Japanese kimono from the archive, produced using shibori dying methods.

Finally, Artist’s House focuses on Kensington as a haven for creatives – and specifically Holland Park Circle, a series of houses with studios at their heart. Typically palatial and filled with works of art, archives and treasures sourced on voyages to far-flung lands, this story includes designs such as the whimsical Copes Trail (named after Holland House, formerly Cope Castle) which nods to the old orchards that surrounded the Jacobean residence and Persian Tulip, a modern take on a traditional motif from the 17th century with colours that echo the riches of Leighton House.

 

With its richly pigmented and diverse palette, Zoffany’s signature Alchemy of Colour – hues created from natural plant dyes and crushed minerals, based on pigments from silks and documents in the archive – is in evidence throughout the Kensington Walk collection.

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