Spotlight on: Durbar wallpapers by Matthew Williamson
Inspired by a memorable trip to India, the renowned fashion designer Matthew Williamson’s Durbar fabric and wallpaper collection for Osborne & Little exudes Indian glamour with a modern, vibrant twist.
Never one to shy away from colour, Durbar displays an intense palette of cerise, teal, turquoise and jade, contrasting with calming neutrals and modern metallic accents.
Azari is a stylised recreation of Matthew Williamson's infamous peacock designs. He wanted to capture the essence of the peacock print but with solid blocks of colour and a more intricate design, similar to that of a fine woven lace, to give a glamorous bohemian look.
‘Bold’, ‘bright’ and ‘beautiful’ were Matthew Williamson’s three buzz words for the Mughal print. The design is a dense web of foliage, hiding a garden scene of Indian temples and tigers. The playful and vivid wallpaper design looks incredible on a large scale, ideal for a maximalist scheme.
Named after a native Indian butterfly, the Narissa design is a photographic collage of Indian artefacts and framed butterflies which Matthew Williamson collected over the years at London’s Portobello and Kempton markets. The wallpaper was a real passion project for Williamson as the butterfly motif is an iconic symbol of the brand. The staggered, thick framed pictures bring drama to this faux picture wall and the pattern repeat is large enough to keep the design unique when used as panels. Pair with a fabric that highlights the exotic Indian colourings, such as Yamuna, a finely embroidered paisley design.
Described by Matthew Williamson as a ‘network of hearts, butterflies, insects and flowers snaking and interlinking across the design’, Managerie is the pinnacle of the Durbar collection. The psychedelic design is available as a wallpaper and a printed fabric and has also made appearance’s in Matthew Williamson’s fashion lines.
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