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LIVE 24-SEVEN


JOHN BIDDEL L BRING ON THE GUESTS


As I’ve often said in my editorials, I love my job. Not only do we get to meet such lovely people, but we are entrusted to make their visions a reality. At John Charles Interiors we operate in the middle to upper end of the interior design trade, so have the opportunity to work with the most beautiful fabrics, wallcoverings, carpets and lighting on the market.


You get to know each manufacturer’s handwriting and style. You know what colours you can expect from a particular company’s latest collection. You can predict whether it will be bold and exciting, or gentle and deliciously tonal. So it’s always refreshing when a well-known design house launches a new collection in collaboration with a guest designer, and the mix gets stirred up a bit. Well, this spring two of my favourite companies have done just that.


If I was forced to choose my all-time favourite design house, Designers Guild would certainly be in my top three – or probably two, or maybe . . . Contrary to what many folks think, it didn’t start life as a guild of designers who all got together to produce some fabulous products, but is a company founded in 1970 by a delightful lady called Tricia Guild, who has I believe one of the most creative minds in our industry.


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The relationship between Designers Guild and John Charles interiors goes back many years, and was only potentially blighted in 2008, when I was very pleased to be invited, along with a select group of design professionals, to the launch of their splendidly sumptuous Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. I took a glass of fizz off the edge of a waiter’s tray, causing him to lose his balance and deposit the rest of the tray’s contents onto Her Maj’s carpet. Not my best move, but I did manage to avoid a spell in the Tower of London.


Their latest collection, entitled Picture Book, is launched under the banner John Derian for Designers Guild. It sits perfectly well with Tricia Guild’s design ethos and style, yet is something new and different. John Derian Company Inc was established in New York in 1989, creating beautiful decoupage plates, platters, paperweights, coasters and bowls, all of which are handmade in John’s New York City studio, where a small staff of artisans assist with production. He is known the world over for his innovative and sensitive style which infuses his extraordinary objets d’art with stationery, lighting, furniture and other ephemera. I’m told his New York shop is a veritable treasure trove !!


Picture Book perfectly captures John Derian’s inimitable style. With access to his extensive archive of vintage decoupage prints, comes an endearing and exquisite new collection of fabrics and wallpapers that is wonderfully evocative. Packed with vibrant florals (check out Variétes de Gloxinia, and The Rose), beautifully drawn birds (particularly Chimney Swallows), and the odd playful surprise (Captain Thomas Brown’s Shells, and the exquisite Mixed Tones) it really is a collection to get your design juices flowing.


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John Biddell - John Charles Interiors


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