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In this issue: we talk to Maxine Hall of Blackpop about her design inspiration, Pattern Trend: Painterly Style Part 1…
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Welcome to the January issue of Inspiration Unrolled. Everyone could do with a little extra spark at this time of year so this issue is about colour and using it well. We hope it will add a little joy to your day and would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.
Going from screen to rug is effortless with our online 480 colour palette, complimentary sample service and for our trade customers our exclusive 480 Colour Box. Get started by searching by colour on our website.

Colour Trend: Multicolour


When we were thinking about the skilful use of colour Jamie Drake and Kit Kemp immediately sprung to mind. Launched in 1978 by Jamie Drake, Drake Design Associates; soon to be Drake & Anderson, have always delighted us with their colour artistry.
 
Kit Kemp; joint owner of Firmdale Hotels with her husband Tim have always maintained, "Hotels should be living things not stuffy institutions". This ethos is apparent in her playful yet deft use of colour and pattern to create rooms which are dazzling but eclectic; a combination which somehow shouldn't work but does; conveying luxury while eschewing the stuffy formality which often accompanies it.

Pattern Trend: painterly style part 1 - vibrant watercolours


Painterly style patterns have had something of a resurgence these last few years. In particular, semi-abstract, highly coloured watercolours have proven extremely popular in both digital imagery and fabrics. This Carly cushion from Boeme Design is a beautiful example. www.boeme.co.uk
 
Combining this trend with opacity are Anthology with their carefully selected range of painterly style contemporary voile's which feature bursts of contrasting colour to great effect. On trend is their Yuti pattern available in Emerald/Saffron/Stone (shown here) and autumnal Oxide/Amber/Plum colourways. www.anthology.uk.com

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed @rugcouture for a first look at our second pick in this series.
 

Customer rug gallery


A large expanse of a single colour, if well chosen, can be extremely powerful. This large, plain rug was commissioned by Hunter's Contracts on behalf of their client Land Securities in The Strand. It was to be situated on the third floor, in their LandBite area and picks up the colour used in the LandBite logo to sumptuous effect. View our customer rug gallery here »

Take the guesswork out of colour matching…

Whether you want to match existing furnishings or experiment with colour combinations we have 480 colours available as standard online which we can deliver as complimentary sample poms anywhere in the world so you can see for yourself the colours you have chosen before you purchase your rug.
For trade customer's we have our exclusive 480 Colour Box (unveiled at Decorex last year) in which you will find nearly all of the RAL K7 Classic, many Pantone and other industry standard colour matches.

Designed and developed especially for Rug Couture, the impressive rigid clamshell box design, was hand made in the UK. Covered in tactile, yet durable, rayon Wicotex in timeless black set off by golden yellow Colourplan edging. A stylish addition to any studio, the 480 Colour Box will impress your clients and will allow you to search for and instantly demonstrate colour matches from our standard 480 range of colours; saving you time and money. We are also able to dye bespoke colours to match fabric, wallpaper, paint, RAL or Pantone colours.
 
Request Colour Box Details Here »

Inspirational Designer: Maxine Hall of Blackpop


Maxine Hall, the designer/director behind Blackpop, has been designing digitally for thirty-five years. Her UK made range of elegantly distressed wallpapers and fabrics, are testament to her creative process, which has developed alongside the digital revolution. Maxine launched her first Blackpop collection at Tent, part of the London Design Festival in 2013. Since then, she has gone on to beat over 400 exhibitors to win the ‘Best New Product’ award at last years Decorex International for ‘Elizabeth’. A super luxe velvet and wallpaper with a stunning chartreuse green ground from ‘The Tudors Deconstructed’ collection.
 
Based in Derbyshire, Maxine says her inspiration comes from the rich tapestry of the past. "I like the quote by Eadweard Muybridge, it goes something like this: "When we walk we leave one step in the past and stride the other towards the future, the gap in between is in the present." And so my designs rework a hybrid of ideas but in my heart and in my head I'm interested in creating patterns for the moment and classic wallpapers and fabrics for the future”.

Prior to creating this second, award winning collection she had originally thought it would be inspired by artists such as Miro, Kandinsky and Pollock. Citing “staple sources of inspiration as coming from the art world.” Maxine tends to “pick up on things when they wow! If the timing is right I add them to the mix. I have many post cards pinned up around the studio so I don’t forget!”. So when the opportunity arose to work with The National Portrait Gallery alongside their ‘Making Art in Tudor Britain’ it was perfect. The Gallery was able to supply images of the paintings made using photo-microscopy, x-radiography and infrared techniques.
 
“Working with the team at National Portrait Gallery and these amazing paintings has been a complete privilege. Being able to examine and re-imagine over twenty works to create abstract, contemporary patterns has been a creative’s dream. The richness and depth of the colour palette alone gives these new designs an edge and a stand out wow factor that I am very excited to call our second collection”.
 
These are just some of the images and inspiration Maxine worked from to create the 'Mary' design from the ‘Tudors Deconstructed’ collection. Her palette consisted of digital images of the Tudor Collection, portraits and zoomed in details and her drawn graphics some of which were inspired by “The Nightingale's Song at Midnight and the Morning Rain” by Joan Miro, 1940.
 
The award winning ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Mary’ are available in wallpaper and fabric. For more of Maxine’s breathtaking work and for stockists please visit the Blackpop website: www.blackpop.co.uk

Shown below: Edward VII inlaid mahogany salon sofa upholstered in 'Mary' - stocked by Liberty.

Productivity: myPANTONE


Inspiration can strike at any time; often you see a floral border, a piece of porcelain or street scene and want to capture the colours but you may not always have a sketchbook and materials to hand. This for us is myPANTONE's greatest strength; you can quickly take a photo with your smartphone and instantly see the colours as swatches within your chosen Pantone swatch book. These can serve as an excellent starting point for ideas and experimentation. Available for iPhone via the App Store and Android via Google Play. For more information please visit: www.pantone.com

Quote of the month...

"Man needs colour to live; it's just as necessary an element as fire and water". Fernand Léger.

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