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Style Library - Trends in design 2017

Guest Blog: Style Library – Trends in design 2017

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To mark another successful London Fashion Week and the beginning of the interiors events season, Style Library Contract share four things they see having the greatest influence in global hospitality trends in design in 2017…

More than ever before, hotel operators aim to create memorable destinations. Wanting good off-the-shelf designs and more. Interiors need to captivate, inspire and perform. Whether it’s a recolour of an existing design or developing something completely new, with Style Library Contract clients have the creative freedom to curate products that are uniquely theirs, created by the worlds most loved interior brands.

“Just like our clients, we’re obsessed with great design, attention to detail and quality. So, we work together to celebrate our passion and create beautiful commercial spaces”, says Style Library Contracts Sales Director, Carolyn Mitchell.


Boutique Chic
Harlequin Momentum is an eclectic mix of design styles, which have been inspired both by architecture and by abstract interpretations of natural forms. It combines elements of matt and shine, texture and tone. The weaves and wallcoverings represent a diverse mix of qualities and techniques: conceptual; geometric; painterly; multi-directional, light-reflecting embroideries; even appliquéd laser-cut circles.

They work together effortlessly to create a cohesive and achingly chic whole. Successfully capturing the essence of the most sophisticated international boutique hotels, Momentum translates this allure into a tangible, accessible collection of products for everyday living.

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Claire Vallis, Design Director, expands: “This launch really encapsulates the cosmopolitan spirit of sleek, boutique hotels and glamorous townhouses, whilst still retaining its approachability. Targeted at both the domestic and the contract markets, the fabrics and wallcoverings exude an architectural, structural feel, but in an accessible, understandable way.”

The compelling colour palette enhances the designs, mixing organic shades and fashion hues: oyster and pearl; slate and chalk; mineral and zest; jet and crystal; pearl and paprika; rose gold and flint; sepia and teal; peacock; rose quartz; antique rose, blush, dove, moonlight, porcelain; jute; domino and emerald.

Natural Spirit
Scion is the essence of the ‘good life’ vibe – forests, fresh air, fjords, food, freedom and fun – are all encapsulated in the latest collection, Noukku. Named after a species of Finnish wildflower, Noukku is totally in tune with the life-affirming ‘Hygge’ trend: it’s a versatile, spontaneous collection that invigorates your senses and encourages you to step away from your busy lifestyle. Scion Designer Hannah Bowen explains how Noukku evolved, “Noukku is brought to life through an invigorating colour palette and use of textured effects inspired by natural elements. I wanted to create versatile and spontaneous designs which invigorate your senses and encourage you to step away from your busy lifestyle, an ideal backdrop to escaping away to a contemporary hotel.”

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Zoffany’s beautifully curated compendium of show-stopping prints, weaves and embroideries crafted through a mixture of yarns and techniques, for the creation of inspirationally luxurious and unique interiors. The new Boleyn collection captures the faded elegance of time worn fabrics and wallpapers, each with their own captivating story to tell. It is the skilful reinterpretation of these heirlooms and the dramatic harnessing of nature in abstracted form that elevates the collection to poised perfection.

Style Library - Trends in design 2017

The rich moody greens of ‘Moss’ and ‘Khaki’ are punctuated with shots of ‘Greenstone’. ‘Faded Amethyst’, ‘Hollyhocks’ and ‘Sunstone’ add warmth. Soft mineral colours are offset against the jewel tone highlights of ‘Amber’, ‘Tigers Eye’, ‘Cinnabar’ and ‘Koi’ adding jewel tone highlights. Peter Gomez, Zoffany Head of Design explains: “Our aim is to create unique interiors with artistry, sophistication and integrity. We love to utilise our extensive archive for inspiration, each yarn, each brush stroke, each process is meticulously considered during the design process”.

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Product Spotlight: Two collections added to Harlequin brand

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Style Library Contract add two fashion forward collections to their Harlequin brand, Momentum ‘7’ and ‘8’.

One suitable for drapes which comprises of 14 contract suitable designs and the other for upholstery, featuring two contract suitable designs, alongside a compendium of tactile, crib 5, water-repellent velvets.

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The fabrics are complemented by ‘Momentum Wallcoverings Volume 4’, a cornucopia of extravagant textures coupled with sparkle and grit effects: the wallpapers create the perfect foil to the fabrics, whilst making profound statement in their own right, taking the concept of couture-for-walls into a new dimension.

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Inspired by architecture and abstract interpretations of natural forms, this range combines elements of matt and shine, texture and tone. The weaves and wallcoverings represent a diverse mix of qualities and techniques, all presented in a compelling colour palette that teams organic shades and fashion hues, to create a cohesive and achingly chic whole.

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Please visit to view the full collection and order samples. Visit us at the BCFA open from the 28th – 29th of March at the Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR

Product Spotlight: Harlequin adds two designs to bone china range

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In Spring 2016, Harlequin joined forces with fine china manufacturer Churchill China, applying its fabulous fabric and wallpaper prints onto a range of china tableware.

Following the success of the Amazilia collection, two more sumptuous and sophisticated motifs have been added to the range: Eglomisé, derived from the Leonida collection, evokes the spirit of faded grandeur and distressed opulence; the epitome of nostalgic elegance, but with a sleek, contemporary appeal.

Harlequin adds two new ranges to bone china collection

Perfect for entertaining in style, this elegant dinner service comes in an oyster colourway; it comprises plates and bowls in a variety of sizes, tea cups and saucers, a milk jug and a gift-boxed mug. There is also another gift-boxed mug in the popular Cranes in Flight motif, from the Palmetto collection. The mug is perfect for personal usage or as a very well-considered gift.

Translucent and durable, the fine bone china body is lightweight, pure white in colour. It is dishwasher and microwave safe and will be available from selected stockists from the beginning of September.
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Product Spotlight: Harlequin adds four new designs to collection of contemporary rugs

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The Harlequin rug collection is a comprehensive compendium of on-trend, versatile and eye-catching rugs, which have been adapted from best-selling designs in the company’s extensive portfolio.

The range is produced in conjunction with innovative Dutch rug manufacturer, Brink & Campman. Exquisitely crafted, these eye-catching wool rugs are hand-tufted to emphasise their sumptuous textures and mouth-watering tones. Each individual piece makes a statement in its own right, as well as acting as the perfect complement to Harlequin’s stunning fabrics and wallcoverings.

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For 2016, Harlequin will be launching four exquisite designs inspired by the Fauvisimo fabric collection. With a fashion-forward feel, the artistic designs will be sure to complete any interior space.

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Floreale: a painterly floral design of oversized peonies, foxgloves and foliage, available in three striking colourways of Fuchsia, Maize and Marine.
Paletto: cheerful and bold, featuring irregular, painterly daubs reminiscent of an artist’s palette, available in Berry and Shore colourways.
Trattino: an abstract brushstroke motif in confident colourways of Berry and Sea-Glass.
Verdaccio: a vibrant flora and fauna design in Coral and Pewter colourways.

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The contemporary rugs are hand-tufted in 100% wool and come in three sizes (140 x 200cm £375, 170 x 240cm £499 and 200 x 280cm £749). In addition, a bespoke service for all the new rug designs is available, should a specific size be required, with prices starting at £209.

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Full of joy and verve, this effortlessly elegant collection of sumptuous rugs will add a stylish statement to your interior scheme. The rugs will be launched at the end of September, and will be available nationally and internationally via a network of stockists.

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Ladybird House
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Loughborough, LEICS
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Product Spotlight: Standing Ovation collection by Harlequin

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Continuing Harlequin’s rich tradition for producting stunning feature wallcoverings, the Design Studio has taken the concept into a new dimension with its latest, aptly-named collection: Standing Ovation.

A fashion-inspired, couture collection, Standing Ovation is assertive and flamboyant, oozing with vivacity and sophistication. A consummate celebration of pattern and colour, Standing Ovation comprises nine confident designs, over a total of forty options. Drawing on both existing best-selling fabric designs and on original artwork, the collection represents a mix of subtle silhouettes with an extravaganza of full-on colour and pattern.

Retailing from £50.00/roll, Standing Ovation’s wallcoverings come in either standard or wide-width, depending on the motif. They offer an aspirational yet affordable designer look and are guaranteed to bring an added verve to even the most understated scheme.

Bella Stripe: A recolouring of this design from Anoushka features ribbon stripes of varying widths in a stunning array of colours
Coquette: A welcoming paradise of silhouetted flower stems, billowing florals and leaves, in a peaceful monochrome colourway
Doyenne: Immerse yourself in a glorious world of overblown flowers and leaves, in a riot of delicious colours
Epitome: Exotic and embracing, a stylised interpretation of pine cones, complete with prickly needles and flowers

Exuberance: A watery wonderland of painterly, expressionistic florals, appearing as though they are just drying on a corrugated cardboard background
Floreale: A deliciously beguiling painterly floral motif featuring overblown peonies, foxgloves and foliage
Persico: A glorious representation of British birds perched on branches
Quintessence: An opulent 140cm wide x 3m long digitally-printed panel depicting oversized seedheads, artichokes, figs, pomegranates and other exotic fruits: wall art at its best!
Salice: A magical backdrop of graceful and elegant sprays of pussy willow depicted in an abstract painterly manner to dramatic effect

The mouth-watering palette of colours, judiciously enhanced by hints of metallics, comes in a glorious array of shades: turquoise, emerald and navy; tangerine, coral and fuchsia; copper, gilver and gold; lemon, sepia and cornflower; ochre, stone and olive.

Standing Ovation will be launched at the beginning of September, and will be available nationally and internationally via a network of stockists.


Tresillo by Harlequin

Product Spotlight: Tresillo from Harlequin

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Tresillo is the new, fashion-inspired collection of eclectic fabrics and wallcoverings from Harlequin, which will be launched mid-August 2016.

Vibrant and uplifting, the collection has an effortless flow that reflects its name: ‘Tresillo’ is a type of rhythm in Cuba and this free-spirited essence of Latin America, its dance, music, climate, people and lifestyle, resonates throughout the collection.

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Tresillo is a modern collection of soft, geometric motifs, subtle but statement patterns and effortless organic designs that have been inspired by global finds and international style. Tresillo’s vibrant fabrics and wallcoverings, with their strong emphasis on colour and pattern, will enliven and invigorate interior schemes: the motifs lend themselves particularly to floor to ceiling windows, loft living or fashionable townhouse conversions.

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The curtain fabrics comprise three digital prints, an ikat semi-sheer, a woven jacquard and four embroidered fabrics. The prints include overlapping, ikat-edged disks, overblown abstract watercolour flower-heads and a ‘ribbed effect’ stripe; they achieve a sophisticated nuance of shade and tone through layering, further enhanced by a polished chintz finish.

The graphic-look jacquard features distressed, almost pixelated lines and embroideries include zingy, multicoloured narrow chevrons, triangles forming stripes and a mosaic tile effect. They are complemented by a core range of ten embossed, vinyl wallcoverings, some of which are wide-width. The embosses replicate a number of natural effects, including rope, raffia, bubbles, linen, tweed, crepe and canvas, which emphasise the motifs such as drying plaster, dragged brushstrokes, frescoes and deconstructed-looking chevron stripes.

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Some of them are further enhanced by a watery, almost block-printed, appearance, metallic finishes, strié effects and ombré washes. The collection is accompanied by two upholstery ranges. Tresillo Velvets is a sumptuous range of lustrous, thick pile, slub-effect velvets in 32 glorious colourways, whilst Viscano Upholsteries features three easy-to-use geometric designs and a tactile textured plain.

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There is a further book, Otomis, a chunky basket weave plain in 22 colours, with a mix of hues blended in the yarn resulting in a two-tone look. Sturdy and durable, Otomis is suitable for upholstery but could also be used for curtains if desired.

Tresillo has a lively and imaginative colour palette, grouped together in evocative combinations such as: rust, ruby and Nordic blue; damson, viola and blush; sky, emerald and zest; denim, nude and sky; tangerine, emerald and mint; pomegranate, slate and fig; mist and fawn; raspberry and caper; sea-glass and ochre; fuchsia and coral.

The collection will be available both nationally and internationally via a network of stockists from mid-August 2016.

Harlequin, Harlequin Contract and FR One
Ladybird House
Beeches Road
Loughborough, LEICS
LE11 2HA

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Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Product Spotlight: Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

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Clarissa Hulse is widely acknowledged as a luminary of British design, well known for her distinctive hand and her passion for colour and texture. Her initial collaboration with Harlequin in 2011, Kallianthi, was a runaway success and remains a best-selling collection; so it is no surprise that she has teamed up with the company again to produce another mouth-watering range of fabrics and wallcoverings.

Clarissa draws her inspiration from a variety of influences including her enduring passion for plants, flowers and landscapes happened upon during long country walks, a nomadic childhood and her half-Greek heritage. For Callista, which means ‘most beautiful’ in Ancient Greek, she has created an enticing and entrancing collection of woven fabrics, printed silks and wallpapers that display to breath-taking effect Clarissa’s trademark style: contemporary botanical designs coupled with intense colour.

Product Spotlight: Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

According to Clarissa: “Working with Harlequin has proved one of the most rewarding collaborations of my career. I was delighted to be invited to work with the brand on a second collection, and I believe that Callista features some of my most exciting work to date. I feel privileged to have been given free rein with both colour and scale, whilst Harlequin’s access to advanced printing technology has allowed me to explore innovative metallic effects and textures.’

The exquisite fabrics include a silk and cotton mix jacquard weave, silk dupion prints and a beautiful voile that has been dip-dyed then embroidered and hand embellished. They showcase to perfection Clarissa’s flair and aptitude for interpreting the natural influences that inspire and enthuse her.

Product Spotlight: Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Her delightful wallpapers make an impact both individually or when used in conjunction with her fabrics. They are all printed on non-woven paper, which can be applied directly to a ready-pasted wall, making it very easy to hang.

Callista includes Angeliki – giant fennel silhouettes, first spotted by Clarissa on a deserted hillside in southern Greece; Kalamia – spindly reeds traversing bright silks; Filix – tessellating lady ferns pressed whilst on holiday in Grenada; Espinillo – acacia leaves found on Highbury Fields; and Meadow Grass – layers of swaying Wiltshire meadow grasses. English and Greek horizons are painted in bold watercolour lines to create the Harmonia Stripe design, as well as represented in the subtle ombré backdrop against which many of the flora are silhouetted. The collection also includes Hortelano, large digitally-printed panels that can be cut to fit a wall, creating a whimsical vista of goose-grass stems.

Product Spotlight: Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Clarissa rejoices in colour, celebrating its understated, natural tones and embracing its confident, vibrant shades with equal success. Her love for colour is reflected in the Callista collection, where rich emerald, moss and forest greens are introduced to complement her trademark shades of kingfisher, neon pink, paprika, slate, turmeric and zinc. Metallics lift so much of the collection into the sublime, providing shimmering gritty texture in some and smooth reflective surfaces in others.

Callista will be launched in early Summer 2016 and will be available via Harlequin’s network of stockists both nationally and internationally.

Amazilia by Harlequin

Curtain Focus: Fabrics by Harlequin

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The Harlequin Studio has produced Amazilia, a stunning collection of fabrics and wallcoverings based on extravagant tropical motifs in magnificent colourways.

The prints characterise the collection, encompassing delicate hummingbirds, botanically-drawn butterflies, fashionable feathers, glossy oversized leaves and etched elephants in stately procession. They are completed by ikat embroideries, trellis-style weaves and a stunning, mosaic-like tapestry weave depicting tessellated tulips.

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Fauvisimo is a stunning collection of fabrics, comprising dramatic and painterly designs, inspired by the vibrant colours and bold brushstrokes of the early 20th Century’s Fauvist art movement.

Its prints, which feature British birds, flowers and landscapes, are stunning in their spontaneous, liberated interpretation of the beauty and intensity of colour found in nature. The layering of rich, contrasting tones develops warmth and energy against the cooler backdrop of natural cloth.Harlequin 2016 Fauvisimo_20_LR

The powerful colour palette ranges from cobalt blues and deep magentas to moody greys, sultry black and on-trend mustards, and includes softer highlights of muted greens, blush pinks and honey shades. Including embroideries, jacquards, weaves and prints, Fauvisimo’s refreshing fabrics, with their strong emphasis on colour, will add ebullience and character to any interior scheme.
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