‘Doodle Art for Interiors’ is the new fabric launched by Kirkby: it’s a manic, in-your-face and highly colourful collaboration with designer Jon Burgerman and represents a complete departure from their usual hard-wearing textured weaves, plain wool felts and cottons.
I confess that I don’t know much about the ‘doodle’ art movement but I now know that Jon Burgerman is recognised as the leading figure in it. His aim with this collection was to bring art into interiors but in a fun, energetic way. His designs use all sorts of art medium: paints, crayons, marker pens, paper cut-outs (my kids would have been in heaven) and, in each one, he creates a different world. ‘Rainbow Scrawl’ is a hit of bright colour within which you can find many faces, characters, shapes and, well, scrawl! Of this design Jon says “I wanted to make a really colourful and slightly manic design that captures a real sense of movement and energy.” In that I think he has been successful.
In all seriousness I can see the demand for these fabrics. We so often get asked to design ‘kids’ rooms’ where children can chill out: we seem to be out of the pretty nursery stage and into the ‘hanging out’ stage of big sofas and beanbags, pool tables, TV screens and comfort. These designs would add a fun dimension to that kind of space and I think the kids could persuade the grown-ups to go with a bit of Burgerman – even in Surrey!
The full ranges of 46 fabrics are also presented as an exciting range of cushions. Launching in the UK September 2015 and available worldwide from January 2016.