Moving into Spring is a sure sign that it’s time to think about refreshing and re-energising our homes with colour and textures that herald the summer months.
It’s also when we think about venturing outdoors and reclaiming our outdoor spaces and preparing them for sun-filled days and warm evenings.
It’s timely to note that Maximalism was front and centre at this year’s Milan Design Week. Luxurious materials and textures, ambitious silhouettes, clever details, bold colours and vibrant patterns were to the fore.
These visually enticing and emotionally evocative furnishings are making their presence known here as local design showrooms start releasing their new ranges that celebrate all that is good about this time of year.
Textiles from Seneca
Seneca’s showroom Spring Fling in Parnell was a heady display of vibrant colour, beautiful patterns and a myriad of textures.
Fabrics and accessories from Romo Black and Elitis were a treat for the senses. Opulent velvets, soft chenilles, glamorous silks, refined and rumpled linens, tactile wools and metallic effects create a fusion of natural and contemporary qualities.
Patterns and designs had a strong feeling of intertwining layers of the past and present with intricate layering and innovative colouring.
Florals presented a contemporary interpretation of still life paintings, digitally printed with vibrant flashes of colour to enrich the designs.
Geometrics were also strong, in the form of patterns seen through a kaleidoscope, random mosaic designs or irregular pixelated patterns. Colours were bold and strong or exotic and evocative.
Outdoor furniture from David Shaw
David Shaw recently hosted an evening in their Parnell showroom where Duilio Zaffaroni from Roda presented the latest designs and innovations in their outdoor furniture ranges.
This Italian company designs versatile, Mediterranean flavoured outdoor ranges, which focus on high quality and durability. They strive for innovative combinations of natural and high tech materials in their pieces.
Their Teka range caught my eye, it uses Teak timber for the frames and Canatex fabric for the seats with an excellent choice of finishing details.
The durability and malleability of Teak is crafted into in a prism-shaped geometry that presents a striking form while still maintain a sense of lightness.
It’s a flexible range to use, as it comes in modular sofas, chairs, tables and low tables so can be used in a variety of settings and configurations.
Handcrafted rugs from Armadillo & Co
The Ivy House launched their new Parnell showroom recently which showcases the beautiful artisan range of handcrafted rugs from Armadillo & Co. Their main ranges are made from sustainable natural fibres and wools using Fair Trade practices.
They also offer an Indoor-Outdoor Collection of hard wearing multi-purpose synthetic rugs which are perfect for giving texture and presence to any space.
These rugs are hand woven from 100% recycled polyester fibres while still reflecting the same design aesthetic and textures of the natural fibre rugs.
There are three designs in this range, Horizon (mimicking a simple knitted stitch), Tide (alternating vertical lines in similar shades for discrete patterning) and Quills (echoes the horizontal lines of feathers).
All of these rugs come in a selection of enticing neutral colours and are ideal for creating a softening island to centre an outdoor furniture setting on.
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