Well, the weather forecasters always tell us that it’s the first day of spring on the 1st of March. Meteorologically speaking this is correct although the March equinox falls on March 20th. But whatever the weather, it always feels that Spring is arriving when the first Snowdrops appear, when trays of colourful Primroses fill the flower markets and when the Daffodils beat the cold to bloom.
From the Tulip-inspired couture of Galliano to the cult of the Liberty floral, flowers bring a sense of life and joy to design. Liberty prints appeal to classic good taste but also exert an abiding contemporary presence. Taking something so timeless as a flower and making it modern captures this season’s mood for big and beautiful botanicals.
FRONT London brings florals to our floors giving an innovative twist to this natural theme. Hortensia, is new rug by award-winning designer Michaela Schleypen, the creator of many original techniques and materials including her unique filigree sculpture.
A classic English garden flower has inspired this contemporary full-blown floral. The authentic powdery blue and grey shades developed by Michaela are identical to a new species of Hortensia that she discovered in her garden where she did the actual colour pom matching. Each blossom is hand carved in four layers to give a three-dimensional sense of depth. Contrasting materials of New Zealand Wool and Lustre Cotton are used to give definition.
Other cutting-edge florals feature Hamman Deluxe, inspired by traditional Moroccan tile patterns and mosque paintings. The magnificent curls are created with a filigree sculpting technique. Floral Garden in Delft blue, which was hand-drawn by Michaela to evoke thoughts of summer past draws slim lines in relief that play with light and shadow. Moroccan Garden follows a decorative border of Moroccan ornamentation around a secret garden hiding vibrant blossoming flowers.
Botanical beauties may line the catwalks but flowers are blossoming in a myriad of new ways in interiors too.