Orla Kiely & Harlequin


New Harlequin wallpapers presentation with stunning signature designs by Orla Kiely for Harlequin.

Founded in 1995, the Orla Kiely brand has become a byword for inspirational design, quality and visual innovation which is driven by Orla’s love of pattern, colour and texture.




News Flash


OMG Leah Bradley from James Dunlop and Sue Bushell from the WDL have just been to the grand opening of Ronald McDonald House in Newtown.
Frances Fraser of Honour Creative has done an amazing job as the Interior Designer. This was no “paint by number” installation. Frances has  a great eye for colour, design and proportion….Absolutely gorgeous… an all-round inspirational project.

Colour Reignites the Industry

ART__SOUL_Wellington Design Library

Stronger colours are emerging this season, although one can still sit comfortably with pastels, modern versions of shell, pink and grey.

Lots of interesting combinations such as strong yellow golds with charcoal. Fushia and navy, tangerine with aqua or jade. Interiors colours always mimic the fashion industry.

This month at the Wellington design Library we have seen some astonishing collections:

Unique fabrics have launched their new Zimmer Rohde home collection, inspired by the cultural diversity of urban living. The Ardecora collection Les Années folles, state of the art twenties inspired collection, view on the Unique website.

Unique fabrics also showing their new UV pro collection and extensive well coloured indoor /outdoor range.

Trimtex have released new tiebacks, exciting range of upholstery fixings, diamond studs and new fringing for your cushions or curtains.

James Dunlop have had huge success with their Art and Soul collections, breathtaking example of digital printing, reproducing them across velvets, canvas and linens and wall art. Their Mokum brand released a new collection designed by Catherine Martin.

This has been inspired by Catherine`s passion for the flora and fauna of her native country Australia, sparked in part by her extensive research for the design of Baz Luhrmann`s film Australia

Just this week we saw the very latest from the Sanderson, Zoffany group distributed in NZ by Textilia.

Chris Warren the export manager for the group was here from the UK, speaking passionately about the new collections. Richmond Hill from Sanderson. Showcasing the skill of the Sanderson design team and Zoffany Town and Country, sophisticated mineral inspired colour palette, beautiful and luxurious quality such as wool satin, silky velvets, tweeds and prints, both have fabric and wallpaper collections.

Also a mention new Textilia stock collections, stylish, refined and timeless widewidth drapery.

Looking forward to the up and coming launch of the latest Andrew Martin represented by Unique fabrics. Always an innovative stunning collection. If you get a chance, look at the latest edition of the Andrew Martin design review book, very inspiring.

Bye for this month,




Zoffany and Sanderson


Chris Warren UK based export manager for Zoffany and Sanderson. Launched the new collection Richmond Hill for Sanderson and Town and Country for Zoffany. It was an entertaining and informative day with Chris here in Wellington. ( images on webite for Zoff and  Sanderson)

David Shaw

Up Chair ar Wellington Design Library

I travelled to Auckland to attend the the release of new brands available through David Shaw: Roda, Tonon and Henge
We are lucky to have the very smart Up -Chair by Martin Ballendat for Tonon (See Pic above)  as a sample in the WDL.
Their new showroom in Auckland is fabulous, fun night to be part of.

Unique Fabric Launch

Zimmer and rohde WDL

This week Unique fabrics launched new Ardecora, Zimmer &  Rohde, Hodsoll McKenzie, Urban Rhythm – Les Annees Folles –Lineage . These leading edge 2012 spring collections are now all available to view at the Wellington Design Library .

Famous Style and Design Quotes

Charles and Ray Eames
Photo: Charles & Ray Eames

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun – Mary Lou Cook

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose  – Charles Eames

Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury – Coco Chanel

Remember, color is not just color, but mood, temperature and structure – Van Day Treux

Interiors speak! Rooms emphasize whether one exists or lives, and there is a great difference between the two! – Van Day Truex

I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right – Dorothy Draper

Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style – Billy Baldwin

Good dressing is largely a question of detail and accessories – Elsie de Wolfe

Beauty is the quality of harmonious relationships. A formula to produce it does not exist – Frank A. Parsons

The essence of being fashionable is to be neither too early or too late to follow the trend – Lord Byron

Summer Blues

Summer Blues Wellington Design Library

For the summer months are complimented by shades of Blue…
Classic Blue White and Indigo. With inspiration from blue and white china, oversized and expressive blooms,plant inspired patterns.These hues never go out of fashion, there are many emerging patterns taking inspiration from the past.

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