Did you have a chance to see The Great Gatsby over the weekend? The movie and the book are all about excess, both tangible (the fabulous cars, houses, clothes and jewellery) and intangible (Gatsby’s obsessional love of Daisy).
Oh, did I mention that I won Mix’s trendspotter competition at Pulse a couple of weeks ago? Pulse is an industry event showcasing new products in the interiors and gift world. OK, it’s not a Time Magazine global award but I’ll take any prize I can get.
So here are some of my finds on the pattern overload trend at Pulse:
Wallace-Sewell is a textile design studio based in London which finds its inspiration from many sources, including the Bauhaus and Colourist painters. Their fabrics are vibrant with the confident use of colour and pattern.
Another home-grown talent, Joy Bates of Seven Gauge Studios uses knitwear to create complex patterns in colour.
Deryn Ralph is a knit-wear designer from Hampshire whose products are unashamedly exuberant in colour, pattern and texture. She finds inspiration in nature and in retro design.
And now for something completely different, lest you think this trend is a British design phenomenon…
Tokidoki is an Italian lifestyle brand that is influenced by Japanese pop culture financed by Americans. They tend to sell mostly clothes but I had to include this fabric and the chair which are such fabulous examples of excessive pattern.
What do you think? Excessive colour and pattern – is it ever good?