Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fashion designer does boho home decor collection for CB2

Crossover designer Matthew Williamson describes his new London Eclectic collection for CB2 as “controlled bohemian” with “no hard and fast rules.” I would call it refined boho rather than controlled, which seems in conflict with “no hard and fast rules.” Its also moody and glamorous—so refined glambo?—elegant and edgy without being stuffy or overly formal.

Particulars of wording aside, the furniture and accessories riff on the dark, moody interiors trend we’ve been seeing more of lately, as well as inspirations from nature, destined to be big in 2017. Okay, the peacock thing may be a little cliché—after all, didn’t Pier 1 do it about five years ago?—but Williamson’s interpretation is less cartoonish while still including a few made-for-fun pieces among its five items of furniture and more than 20 home décor accessories.

“Everything I've designed is intended not to match perfectly but to sit together in harmony, to add flair and personality to any room,” the British designer adds, and that it does. And lest we classify Williamson as merely a fashion designer, his collaboration with CB2 is not his first foray into interior design. He recently launched a bespoke collection of upholstered furniture with Nottingham-based sofa manufacturer Duresta. And his growing wallpaper and fabric lines through Osborne & Little have been around since 2013. Interestingly, many of these items blend well with London Eclectic.


Williamson’s 3 faves


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Williamson reimagined his iconic jungle print, Mother Amazon, for the Avec Apartment Sofa. The 100-percent cotton fabric is a slightly distressed rainforest of blue, green and purple. The slim-lined sofa with its elegant brass stiletto legs is scaled for smaller spaces, with cutback retro arms and a low tufted back. The Mother Amazon version retails for $1,999, but the sofa can also be ordered in 57 other fabrics, ranging in cost from $1,499 to $1,799.


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He’s also partial to this cheeky Stoneware Parrot in brilliant blue, which works as a bookend or on its own and sells for $19.95. Polly want a giftcard?


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But his absolute, number-one favorite, he says, is the Peacock Black Candelabra, an ornate flourish of feathers and scrolls sure to add some drama to any table or mantel. I can imagine a pair gracing a dining table. I also like how the black pops with the teal candles used in the photo. It is, however, a bit pricey at $99.95 (IMHO).


Now for MY faves…


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My heart’s aflutter for the Butterfly Lamp. I think I could love it for its stunning green-silk shade alone, and I’m already imagining how that would diffuse light in an even darker, moodier deep teal room. The base is hand-painted, with a funky butterfly decal applied. Combined, the look is sultry, glamorous and fun. And I think it’s priced reasonably at $159.


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Next, I'm gaga over the crazy and cute Flamingo Catchall ($29.95), pictured here alongside that parrot, as well as other items from the collection: the Peacock Hearts Teapot ($19.95), the Palm Tree Gold Taper Candle Holder ($49.95), and the Dragonfly Storage Box ($24.95).


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What’s so crazy and cute about this flamingo is the back lifts off for storage!


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My #3 pick is the collection of textiles.


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Mostly I love the Rainbow Snake print interpreted on a pouf and in an area rug. The 30-inch diameter pouf is a linen-and-cotton blend and retails for $199. The wool-and-nylon blend rug is available in two sizes—5-by-8 feet and 8-by-10 feet for $299 and $599, respectively.


But wait, there's more...


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The 100-percent wool Butterfly Wheel Rug is available in 6- and 8-foot rounds for $399 and $699, respectively. It pairs well with other pieces in the collection, including the Mother Amazon Dining Chair, which reinterprets the sofa print on a black Queen Anne-style chair. I like how the medallion part of the pattern is centered on the chair back...


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...and how it looks just as snazzy from behind. Each chair sells for $449. The hide stools pictured are also new to CB2, though not part of Williamson’s collection. Follow the link for more information about them.


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You already saw the Peacock Hearts Teapot, but in this shot it’s shown with its companion White Teacup and Rainbow Snake Saucer. Hardly anyone uses saucers anymore, but that cute print at the bargain price of $9.95 may change my mind! Another bargain is the Lizzy Royal Purple Teapot for $14.95. Its sculptural shape and purple silicone-over-porcelain finish means your guests won't be able to keep their hands off of it.


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And what would a furniture collection be without accent tables? The two-piece Bronze and Atol Bunching Table Set sells for $678 but is $649 for a limited time. The frames are aluminum coated in brass, and the taller-but-smaller in diameter table has an enameled top that resembles an agate slice.


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I’m also more than a little partial to the Peacock Linen Throw, which measures a generous 76 inches and costs $179. I especially love the black-and-white patterned banding between the Peacock Heart repeats.


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The collection also includes bedding, a gaggle of throw pillows, and a coloring book that features the collection as well as some of Williamson’s fashion designs. I’m guessing the latter, at $24.95, is for those of us who won’t be ordering those dining chairs anytime soon.

Oh well! It’s almost as fun to look and dream, right? ALMOST, but not quite. Now where did I put my crayons?


If you want still more…


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