British designer Matthew Williamson brings his signature whimsy and color to Obeetee’s latest line of hand-knotted rugs
Color turns into Matthew Williamson. And the British designer — who dressed celebrities like Sienna Miller and Kate Moss for 20 years earlier than venturing into inside design — confesses he’s “endlessly impressed” by the vitality and heritage of India. “I’d say that Indian design performs a component within the inspiration for all my designs; it may very well be a sample or a color mixture that I’ve at all times admired,” he tells The Hindu Weekend.
He brings this love into his newest collaboration with Obeetee. The duo has rolled out a restricted version SS21 assortment of rugs that brings collectively ikats and sun-steeped landscapes with the hand-knotting experience of the Jaipur-based carpet makers. “I’m an admirer of craft in all its types, from mesmerising woodwork to the brutal great thing about ironmongery. Working with handwoven rugs, for that reason, is a dream come true, particularly with Obeetee’s respect for provenance, authenticity and unrivalled talent,” he says.
A number of Williamson x Obeetee rugs
For the love of area
Throughout the gathering, Williamson has explored various inspirations. For instance, ‘Dawn Haze’ emulates the pastel solar rising over the Cala Deià (in Majorca, Spain); ‘Palm Springs’ seems to the fronds of the eponymous palm timber of the world; ‘Peacock Feathers’, a signature motif of his, is showcased in a uncommon large-scale type; whereas ‘Ikat’ explores how colors, and the best way they bleed into one another, add motion to an area.
“Color and sample could be such very important parts in our lives and our houses. They converse to us at an aesthetic and an emotional stage,” he says over an e-mail interplay, including that designing the gathering was intuitive. “Pondering outdoors the field, about methods so as to add vibrancy, pleasure and optimism to an area, will at all times lead you to sudden adorning concepts, and I feel rugs are the right automobile for this type of considering.”
Artisans engaged on the hand-knotted rugs
Grasp of collabs
Williamson broke away from the “relentless trend circus” (as he referred to as it in a Guardian article a couple of years in the past) in 2015 and did a deep dive into interiors. Since then his whimsical patterns and daring colors have graced every little thing from bespoke suites on the Belmond La Residencia lodge within the Majorcan city of Deià, the place he lives a part of the 12 months, and a collab with designer Bertrando Di Renzo (on a variety of textiles, tablecloths, and trays), to a wallpaper capsule for Osborne & Little, and lampshades for Britain’s Pooky Lighting. Not too long ago, he even did a product edit for Vinterior, an e-commerce platform that specialises in classic furnishings. What’s subsequent? “There’s a lot within the pipeline; it’s unimaginable to see the best way the world is reacting to inside design since we’ve been locked down. One of many subsequent launches I’m trying ahead to is a group of ornamental furnishings with a few of my quintessential colors and patterns,” he concludes.
Carpets from ₹37,800 (5×8 ft) onwards, on obeetee.com.