Completely catching my eye last week at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre were the new rather glamorous fabric and passementerie collections in the Zimmer + Rohde showroom.
Sister company Ardecora launched their ‘Milano’ collection at Focus 13 and, until now, I hadn’t had the chance to look at it in any detail. Until last week that is and I’m really glad that I did.
The fabrics are elegant, beautiful, sumptuous…. they undeniably possess overtones of baroque but have their own, unique take on that style that seems to retain the richness but lose the heaviness. I also absolutely loved the blue colour-way in this collection – it is a sort of Wedgewood blue which again, has a real presence but also a lightness about it. I know that I normally joke that, whilst a lot of the new collections look great in London, most would struggle in Farnham – but not this. I think this could be part of interior designs pretty much anywhere (I’m thinking my sitting room in particular)!
Also at Z+R, the new Travers passementerie collection is worth a look and the showroom has done well to showcase how the collection can be used on soft furnishings and upholstery. Gorgeous patterns that you genuinely think you might never tire of are so useful in livening up a plain cushion (that you have tired of) or in smartening an occasional chair or seat cushion. At Isabel Ballardie Interiors we are always looking at ways of upcycling existing possessions and this is on the list!