Precious Cargo – JUST LANDED

St Leger & Viney’s latest collection has just landed and is now available.

Precious Cargo from St Leger & Viney is an exquisite collection of statement prints inspired by the rich fabrics transported by tea clippers that plied global routes in the 19th century.

Magnificent Tree of Life designs in Jacobean styles and beautiful large scale ikats were sent from the East to the burgeoning capital cities of Europe and the Americas. These patterns quickly became favoured and the epiphany of sophistication.

Today more than ever, a global outlook on interiors is more relevant. With Precious Cargo you can revel in splendid Jacobeans like Madura, a trailing tree of life on a subtle leopard print background. Other highlights include Artisanship, an exquisite printed flame stitch design with a rich embroidery detail, Skywalk a design inspired by Navajo blankets and Kashmir Paisley, a beautiful flowing paisley design in indigo.

Also in the collection is Summit, a herringbone fabric in a number of useful colourways.

Take a global view on your next interior project and unpack your own Precious Cargo.

Boråstapeter Launches Eastern Simplicity

The Eastern Simplicity wallpaper collection pays homage to the Asian tradition of handmade patterns, simplicity and authenticity. Boråstapeter has chosen to interpret the trend in a modern, Scandinavian way. Presenting wallcoverings that bring to mind textiles and traditional craftmanship, organic patterns and mythical landscapes.

We live our lives with an emphasis on time. Consider how important it is therefore to have a place to take a mindful breath. To create a peaceful and authentic home, where the imperfect is beautiful and time passes by. A balance between refined traditions and stylish trends is found with the perspective of a slower pace.This collection has a muted colour scheme that creates a beautiful harmony in your room. Create a backdrop for the style-conscious home with a timeless feeling.

“We have been inspired by Asian tradition and craftmanship. The work of the hand, simplicity, authenticity and beauty. Eastern Simplicity is simplicity with a modern Scandinavian perspective. We have made patterns and colours that give harmony and decorative beauty over a long period of time. Our Scandinavian style has a lot in common with the Japanese and Asian trends of today. Minimalist, clean and naturally simple. Nature is always present, the materials are tactile and the imperfect is beautiful” says Ingela Wingborg, Senior Designer, Boråstapeter.

Eastern Simplicity is available in stores from the end of September. The wallpapers are made in Boråstapeter’s own factory in the textile city of Borås where sustainability is in focus. Production takes place completely without hazardous substances and with the least possible environmental impact. All colours used are water-based and the material comes from sustainable forestry in Northern Europe.

St Leger & Viney: Spotlight on David Ralphs and Peter Gordon

The world of fabrics is continually evolving. Each season we see a new display of colours, textures and more that influence our interior styles. In keeping with the latest trends in fabric offerings, we chatted to the leading innovators from St Leger & Viney about the inspirations behind the brand.

Let’s hear from the innovators behind this phenomenal brand. We asked David Ralphs, managing director of St Leger & Viney, and Peter Gordon, creative director, about what influences and inspires the brand today.

  1. What is your go to classic colour choice?
    David: Most recently a living room that I did at home was in a combination of neutrals, knocked back teal blue, tarnished gold with some yellow thrown in. The combination is vibrant but relaxed and I’m really enjoying it.
    As an all-time colour choice I have always found the combination of green and white to be wonderfully uplifting.
    Peter: I love blue. I wear blue, I have a blue study and I’m passionate about blue and white porcelain both old and new pieces.
  2. Is there a hotel, interior or building that most inspires your work?
    David: For timeless sophistication and a combination of bold colour, beautiful fabrics and superb craftsmanship I would say the Oyster Box in Umhlanga. For me it is reminiscent of gracious hotels on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
    Peter: I find an eclectic mix of cultures and styles a huge inspiration and I’m particularly moved when they are confidently combined in a seamless stylish interior. The Ham Yard Hotel in Soho London is the epitome of chic style and eclectic sophistication.
  3. A place you like to visit.
    David: I love to visit Arniston, a beautiful coastal village on the Western Cape coast.
    Peter: I’m always excited to visit London.
  4. Where do you go to spot new styles?
    David: My work with St Leger & Viney takes me to London Design week and to Paris Deco Off each year and it is here that I am exposed to the latest trends and styles. Also important is the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
    Peter: I have a background in trend forecasting so I follow tends and fashion online but most importantly I look to develop ranges that are trend relevant but most importantly resonate with our brand.
  1. Do you have a favourite restaurant?
    David: La Boqueria in Johannesburg for its eclectic décor and delicious food. In Cape Town I enjoy Black Sheep on Kloof Street and its quirky sidekick, Dark Horse.
    Peter: Anywhere where I can enjoy good food and good company.
  2. Who or what is your biggest design influence.
    David: I am inspired by the design philosophy of the Mediterranean. I admire luxurious yet restrained interiors. The contrast of sophisticated colour and strong silhouettes creates a soulful contemporary style.
    Peter: I’m very influenced by ethnic designs and the stories they tell. Each motif or design has a story, a tradition or significance. That’s what we do today, we create the threads for the tapestries of modern stories.
  3. Any interesting projects and designs you are working on?
    David: We are putting the finishing touches on an exciting new St Leger & Viney decorative collection.
    Peter: We’re working with designers and mills locally and internationally to curate future collections – I can’t wait to share the exciting new collections we have planned. Watch this space.

Reality Escape By Rebel Walls

Rebel Walls new trend collection Reality Escape offers wallpapers and wall murals that turn your room into something that plays your mind a bit of a trick, helping you escape reality for a while – if needed.

The design team was inspired by the current uncertainty and doomsday atmosphere that the raging pandemic has planted among many of us, and the need to take a break and letting your mind start wandering away.

“We found inspiration in sci-fi films and the gaming industry, where it’s easy to create your own alternate reality, for a well-needed escape from everyday life. These places offer us a chance to live in a fantasy, not to mention getting the freedom of making our own rules and influence our environment. – Johanna Jansson, Designer at Rebel Walls.

Welcome to Dystopia – or anti-utopia if you will! Inspired by the gaming industry and sci-fi films, this wall mural has got it all. So whether you want to set a scene for a gaming room, a luxury niche hotel, or a bar, this wall mural won’t let you down – even if society will.

The most skilled artist truly is Mother Nature herself. This sheer wall mural creation makes us think of sand ripples, waves, or perhaps a flowy ballet skirt.

This sheer hand-drawn piece of artwork will cover your walls like sea foam washing up towards your feet on a Sunday beach stroll. The wall mural adds a soft, organic touch to the modern style home, or why not a fine dining restaurant?

An oh so ah-maze-ing terracotta dream of a wall mural, where you’ll soon find those eyes wandering trying to find the way out. The inspiration was found in platform games – how about having one on your walls?

The contrasts in Rebel Walls’ trend collection bring a lot of possibilities for your walls. You’ll find light, airy, and sheer organic elements from nature, fantasy themes with floating whales and diamonds in the sky, as well as darker sceneries of abandoned cities with an Armageddon feel. So whether you want to set a scene for a gaming room, a luxury niche hotel, a bar, or a kid’s room, this collection won’t let you down.

“The designs in this collection create striking backdrops that can help you stay more focused, allowing you to maintain your work- or studying flow, or to keep up your creativity”, says Irene Gimmersta, Creative Director at Rebel Walls.