Friday, 30 March 2012

No minimalists allowed: House of Hackney

While researching my A-Z of pattern, I came across The House of Hackney, who do brilliantly classic and very English designs, but with an eccentricity that is totally in harmony with their upper-class old school style. The patterns are available as wallpapers, fabrics, ready-made upholstered products plus china and lighting.

Dalston Rose features a classic navy blue English rose against an antiqued nude background, but it has a contemporary gradient effect across the base of the wall (as seen in photography), which gives an ombre, even dipdyed effect, and adds real edge to what could otherwise be just another boring print your mum would love. (Your mum would still love this.)

Wild Card wallpaper is not for the fainthearted:

Hackney Empire, a miraculous menagerie of otters with fans, badgers with cocktails and sloths with hookah-pipes:

And how better to show it off than with the ultimate in indulgent furniture?

This is still my favourite, though, in canary yellow. Everyone needs a harmonica-playing squirrel.:

In their own words:

House of Hackney takes the concept of British home wares and turns it on its head subverting traditional products with playful and irreverent prints and imagery to appeal to a new generation.

After a decade of bland minimalism and disposable furnishings House of Hackney is on a quest to take the beige out of interiors. Described as ‘Colefax and Fowler on acid’ the wallpaper, bed linen and furniture label is characterized by prints and products that are steeped in tradition but are bold and non -conformist.

Hell yeah!

all images from House of Hackney website

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