Celia Birtwell ‘Classics’ Wallpapers
The design houses of ‘Celia Birtwell’ and ‘Blendworth Interiors’ have come together to re-launch Celia Birtwell’s ‘Classic’ designs.
A capsule collection of three wall coverings offered in ten glorious colour ways are surface printed to evoke the feel of block printing.
A true bohemian and one of the most important and iconic textile designers of her generation, Celia ‘is the face that launched a thousand prints, enchanting and inspiring her fans across the globe for the past five decades’. Designing with a desire to amuse herself and her audience, her unique, innovative witty style is timeless, yet like many true artists she sought to find a mentor who could help her realise her vision and goal, bringing her ‘Classic’ designs to a wider audience, hence the creative synergy with Blendworth began.
CBE, muse of David Hockney and partner of the pioneering fashion designer Ossie Clark, Celia’s bold, romantic and feminine style has had a major influence on both the fashion and interior scenes. Her iconic designs have featured in both British and International exclusive hotels as well as catwalks for couture brands such as Valentino, who have called upon her design expertise to create seminal and exclusive prints.
Drawing inspiration from the life around her, the V&A, Kew Gardens, life in Notting Hill and more recently the Shropshire countryside that she retreats to, Celia has created amongst many others, the papers below which form part of the Celia Birtwell ‘Classics’ Collections in collaboration with Blendworth.
During the reign of James I of England (1566 – 1625) and his wife Queen Anne of Denmark, a major collector and great patron of the arts, emerged an extravagant and luxurious style of decoration. This was known as the Jacobean period and was heavily influenced by the latest European and Asian designs. The interest for interior prints of this nature was specifically established by James I’s son and other sophisticated courtiers that he associated with.
Celia has always loved the block prints from this era, taking inspiration from one she came across during a visit to the V&A, she created Jacobean. Tumbling foliage was entwined with her signature hearts, dots and insects creating a multi-directional scrolling historic design.
Beasties was inspired by a similar design called ‘Little Animals’ drawn from an embroidery circa 17th century in the V&A.
Celia fell in love with the animals and every day would visit and sketch another, adding her own charm and personality to each one. The foliage within the design was inspired by a tapestry from the same period.
Medieval pictoral fabrics of this type, which were mostly tapestries or wallhangings depicted subjects that were inspired by illustrated manuscripts of the time. Hunting scenes were big with stylised heraldic animals such as stags, dogs, lions, Griffins, unicorns and enfields. By the end of the 17th century this style of design had become even more spectacular remaining in vogue in different formats ever since.
Designs featuring stars are famous world wide whether on ceremonial or national flags, representing astrology, astronomy or created to to represent excellence.
Classical Star as with Milson was taken from a more complicated design called Manon and was inspired by historical paper mache and ceremonial stars. Customers were calling out for simplicity, so a new star was born and has been one of Celia’s most successful and iconic interior designs ever since. Its’s versatility means it can either be viewed as a geometric, a floral or just a star.
Colour ways are quintessentially British with mystical, midnight and uniform blues sitting perfectly with valentine and lipstick reds. Mimosa yellows and aqua shades of south seas compliment each other, Medieval, Baroque and Tudor blacks and golds adding drama along with compassionate and patisserie pinks. Paste Casablanca whites on scoured grounds evoke soft shades for a chic, simpler style of interior.