Time to shine a spotlight on creativity once more....
Osborne&Little's Palazzo Collection (out now), is diverse, eclectic, bold and beautiful.
Venice and the magnificent palazzi on the Grand Canal constructed in varying styles at different periods of the city’s history are the inspiration for this collection of opulent printed and woven velvets. It is also evocative of different periods of art history associated with Venice from the early Renaissance to the Peggy Guggenheim collection.
FALDA has a fantastic energy. This discharge printed velvet is an evocation of floating squares as if in a modernist abstract painting. Falda is the Italian word for flake as in snowflake.
COSIMO is poetic. Cosimo de’ Medici, great patron of Renaissance art and culture, lends his name to this richly coloured cut velvet jacquard floral with the appearance of a carpet. The cut velvet design is further enhanced by a digital overprint.
PELLESTRINA is sumptuous. The chiaroscuro colourings of this floral bouquet are printed on velvet. A dual purpose fabric with a high Martindale abrasion (100,000). Named after the island at the edge of the Venice Lagoon.
The Palazzo Collection also includes a stripe, geometric designs and abstract prints. Each highly creative and original.
Let's celebrate the creative genius of MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
Williamson is a British icon, known for his design flare; a colourful, expressive approach, flamboyant pairing of patterns, and a rich elaborate interior design style. His work refuses to go unnoticed on fashion catwalks and in homes and hospitality interiors.
Williamson last year released his fifth wallpaper and fabric collection with Osborne & Little. And each collection he has produced since 2013 is an entirely unique celebration – a rich tapestry of creativity.
He's described by Osborne & Little as a master of print, embellishment, attention to detail and kaleidoscopic colour. His collections reflect a refined yet spirited sense of glamour inspired by global and artistic influences.
Above we've included an image from LA's The NoMad Hotel, located on the corner of 7th and Olive Street. This hotel is an incredible design spectacle, residing in the historic building, Giannini Place. Originally built in the 1920s as the headquarters for The Bank of Italy. The interior design concepts throughout honour the building's rich history, and Matthew Williamson is a perfect fit.
CHRISTOPH NIEMANN –
ANOTHER CREATIVE WE LOVE.
If you haven't already spotted the work of Christoph Niemann on Instagram, or by his work's appearance on the cover of The New Yorker and other publications, then check it out. We love the original thinking that is evident in his creations. Often playful or thought provoking, his ability to visually tell stories in inspiring. His works seem to capture not just moments in time, but the emotions of a situation or the feelings and thoughts associated with an everyday encounter. His work is beautifully executed, funny and clever in nature. His Sunday sketches (which you can follow on Instagram @abstractsunday) is a weekly treat and definitely a celebration of original thinking. See more on his website.
PHOTO CREDIT: Christoph Niemann from http://www.christophniemann.com/
We encourage you to feedback your thoughts, share your insights and show us examples of original thinking that you love. You can do this by emailing us or posting comments on our Facebook and Instagram updates.
This month as we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Osborne&Little, we’re shining a spotlight on Original Thinker, Nina Campbell.
Not only do O&L bring us highly creative and original collections year-on-end, they also collaborate with original thinkers to bring us further fantastic designs with their collections from Matthew Williamson and Nina Campbell.
Campbell’s collections are inspired by Italy, France and England.
Her latest collection Les Rêves, won Best Fabric Collection at the Brittish Homes & Gardens Fabric Awards, 2017. This stunning collection is inspired by the works of Henri Matisse, who was himself a master of creative collaboration as well as original thinking.
Confined to a wheelchair and his bed in the later years of his life, he swapped his paint brushes for paper and scissors, and working with studio assistants, went on to create some of his most well-known and loved works, that at the time were truly original. It is these paper cut-out works, or as Matisse referred to them, ‘works sculptured with scissors’, that inspired Nina Campbell.
Matisse grew up in a small French town known for fabric milling. His mother painted ceramic plates which hang on the walls of his childhood home and he went onto to have an art filled life in which he created small and large-scale works, on paper and canvas as well as large scale murals and stained-glass windows.
Collioure, from the Les Rêves collection is described as – an arrangement of colourful hand-painted pots printed on pure cotton. Named after the Mediterranean coastal town in the Pyrénées-Orientales where Matisse often worked. Nina says 'I love the Collioure print featuring decorative pots, it's like stepping into one of Matisse's still-lifes.'
ANOTHER COLLABORATION WE LOVE
"The Chain" is a song by the Fleetwood Mac, released on their best-selling album Rumours. It is the only song from the album credited to all five band members (Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood).
And although the whole group were given credit, when you listen to the lead vocals in this song, the exchange between two people is very real. You can sense all of the emotions being felt as you are swayed between the voices of Nicks and Buckingham. Have a listen.