Interior Insight | Fridamania
An exhibition about the life and style of Mexican icon Frida Kahlo has captured the imagination of the interiors world. The ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up’ exhibition, which is currently open at the V&A in London, showcases hundreds of extraordinary artefacts from the artist’s home which have never been seen outside of Mexico. The exhibition focuses on Kahlo’s work as well as her personal style, both of which were influenced by traditional Mexican culture. Kahlo’s love of bold prints, vivid colours and craftmanship are highlighted in the exhibition and have led to the emerging trend of Mexican-inspired interiors.
Botanicals | As well as being a talented artist, Frida Kahlo was also an avid gardener who used her garden as a key source of inspiration; Kahlo’s paintings famously featured native Mexican plants such as cacti, Colocasia and Dahlias. In recent years, the tropical trend in interiors has gained huge popularity and this season the trend is evolving to encompass more of a tropical twist. Prints include exotic birds, monkeys and tropical fruit, reminiscent of some of Kahlo’s most notable paintings which she based on native wildlife. The botanical trend can easily be embraced in the home, from making a statement with large leafy wallpaper to adding subtle accents like palm-print cushions.
Mind the Gap Orangerie Wallpaper £150 / each,
Mind the Gap Birds of Paradise Wallpaper £150 / each
Colour | Frida Kahlo was perhaps most famed for her love of colour and the vivid pigments she used in her work. Kahlo’s use of colour was expressive and stimulating, with fuschia pink, sunshine yellow and azure blue among some of her favourites. Taking inspiration from this bold colour palette, British brand Andrew Martin has launched its new ‘Hacienda’ collection. Drawing on themes from Mayan heritage and Mexican wildlife, the collection blends warm colours with dusty tones to represent the different types of Mexican landscape. The fabrics are perfect for making a bold statement in a neutral room and can be layered up with textured throws and pompom cushions for an authentic Mexican look.
Andrew Martin Cruz fabric £59.90 / metre
Print | Much of Kahlo’s work was based on the ‘naïve folk’ art style, with imagery depicting indigenous flora and fauna. Andrew Martin’s ‘Hacienda’ collection pays homage to this with an eclectic mix of prints featuring both bold geometrics and delicate folk motifs. Popular designs include ‘Maya’ and ‘Tiki Tiki’ which depict birds and beasts in a traditional Latin American folk style.
Andrew Martin Pelican fabric £133 / each,
Andrew Martin Hacienda collection
Also embracing traditional Mexican prints is Scion with its newly launched ‘Nuevo’ collection. This sumptuous range of fabrics focuses on retro Mexican design, with curvy cactus motifs and angular prints in a palette of on-trend colours. Mixing bold prints with natural materials will help create an artisanal feel and will tie an otherwise busy scheme together.
Scion Nuevo fabric £27 / per metre, Scion Arizona £41.00 / roll