Trend - Marbling

Marble as a trend has been around for a while now but recently we've noticed a move on from this. Hand marbling seems to be having a moment. Hand marbling is the technique of applying ink to a liquid and transferring it to a material resulting in kaleidoscopic and quite mesmerising patterns.

Susi Bellamy's collection of fabric and wallpaper is a fabulous example of this and includes a range of cushions and lampshades allowing you to experiment with the trend in your home without making a big commitment. Clarke & Clarke have just launched a new marbling inspired design with their Pavone fabric. The Upperlands Collection by Earthed by William Clark is actually inspired by the force of water but their Torrent fabric has the same inky aesthetic and lends a contemporary twist to traditional Irish linen. A bold take on the look is Muraspec's Lava wallcovering with an oversized foil print or for something more subtle look at Designers Guild's Lustro range.

This trend works for a variety of applications be it a striking statement wall, a quirky feature chair or just a quick colourful refresh with some new scatter cushions. If you're feeling really creative why not visit artfulparent.com and maybe even have a go yourself!

Image taken from the  Susi Bellamy  Home Collection look book. 

Image taken from the Susi Bellamy Home Collection look book. 

Top 5 at Decorex 2017

There were a lot of interesting new products, fabrics and finishes shown at this year's Decorex in Syon Park, London. In no particular order, here are our Top 5 from the show.

Faolchú - Tasgal tall stool.


This was a stunning item of furniture, a piece of quality craftsmanship with a modern edge. We particularly liked the consideration of the metal strip on the foot rest to prevent the timber from getting worn over time.

Giopato and Coombes - Bolle chandelier.


There were a couple of things that attracted us to this piece. We thought the overall shape was stunning and we especially liked that there were no visible lamps. This deliberate design decision allows the viewer to appreciate the simplicity of the form as well as the lovely glow achieved by the lamps within the glass bubbles.

Earthed - Faded Grandeur.


It was lovely to see some printed fabric which looked like something we hadn't seen before. The textural, beaten appearance of the Faded Grandeur really appealed to us. The colourway Sperrin Jewel caught our eye, with its golds and garnet making it stand out as something a little bit special.

Naomi Paul - Cave Wall.


Naomi's crochet shades were not only attractive and tactile but provided a beautiful glow when illuminated. The wall light we thought was particularly special - the combination of the waxed brass arm and hand crafted shade, gave it a modern retro feel.

Fenella Elms - Porcelain artwork.


From a distance we initially thought that this was a textile piece but as we got closer we noticed that this work was made from tiny petals of porcelain. The forms created have so much movement and intrigue they become quite irresistible and hard to take your eyes off.