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// John Biddell Matthew Williamson for Osborne and Little.


Manuel Canovas.


fauna too. Strawberry thief, which first appeared in 1883 and depicts birds pillaging a strawberry patch, was apparently inspired by a real life problem for gardeners. In fact it’s the same problem I’ve recently solved at home, but however hard I look at the fabric, I can’t see the plastic netting over the strawberries. In 2011 Morris & Co. launched a series of archive collections of fabrics and wallpapers to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Morris & Company in 1861. These were an absolute delight, not only for dedicated Morris fans, but for nature lovers in general. The Woodland Embroideries collection, released in 2015, builds on the theme of nature with a most sumptuous fabric called Jasmine Embroidery, featuring a meandering Jasmine trail embroidered over a printed background of Hawthorn leaves. Woodland Tree Embroidery is a delightfully organic fabric, comprising hand-knotted trees embroidered onto a plain linen cloth, while Woodland Animal has a slightly tongue in cheek feel to it, being a charming monochromatic embroidery depicting boxing hares, squirrels and deer.


Not only has nature been influencing the domestic interior for centuries, it still is. As with everything associated with interior fashion, ideas get recycled, re-interpreted, and re-presented in a way more relevant to current trends and moods. When flock paper first enjoyed it’s resurgence in the noughties, many of the


designs were based on flowers. We were then treated to a selection of beaded floral papers a few years back, followed by a selection of fresh florals returning to a more painterly feel. Designs became less formal, with relaxed brush strokes and vivid tones that gently bleed into one another. We even have a collection of the most wonderful, huge painterly flowers, digitally printed in the richest of colours onto a sumptuous velvet fabric. It’s mad as a box of frogs, but utterly magnificent !!


And it’s not only flowers. Trees have been huge over the last few years, with designs ranging from delicate branches covered with oriental blossom, to stark silhouettes of bare trunks and boughs, reminiscent of something from the film The Blair Witch Project. And then of course there’s birds and animals. We’ve already touched on farmyard and country life scenes, but believe me it doesn’t stop there. I can offer you papers and / or fabrics with birds big and small ranging from swallows to flamingoes, and more or less any animal you can think of – horses, fish, cats, dogs, butterflies, elephants, tigers, lions, unicorns . . . I’m just waiting to see a 3 toed tree sloth – now that would be fun.


JOHN BIDDELL - JOHN CHARLES INTERIORS 349 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B17 8DL


T. 0121 420 3977 www.johncharlesinteriors.co.uk / 133


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