SILKEN FAVOURS: Illustrated silken flava
As it's February, I thought we all needed a bit of a vitamin D boost - and what better way to bring a bit of tropical warmth into your home than with these gorgeously kitsch, silky pineapple cushions? There are Nevada desert-style cacti cushions too, as well as an array of tropical fruits, cats, dogs and parrots. . . all hand-drawn and printed onto silk by Vicki Murdoch, founder of London-based Silken Favours. I think her products are beautiful, particularly the silk fringe poncho that my red-afro-lady is wearing today! That's right, Silken Favours also produce ready-to-wear, accessories and wallpapers all printed with Vicki's artwork; her animals, plants and fruits scaled down and repeated to create beautiful, retro-inspired surface pattern designs. . .
Talking of pineapples, I have a penchant (unsurprisingly) for 'tropical kitsch'. Think Hawaiian shirts, cheese plants, palm trees, tiki bars and pineapple ice buckets - the latter of which I have standing proudly on a shelf in my living room. . . .
Which brings me on to a certain high-rise flat in Peckham, South London. 'Nelson Mandela house' to be precise. Anyone know where I'm going with this?
It's the lovely home of Only fools and Horses' Del and Rodney Trotter of course! Don't you think that Del-boy would have just LOVED some Silken Favours soft furnishings? Especially the silk leopard cushion or the cheese plant and song-bird infested jungalicious wallpaper? If you remember, Del loved having cocktails at his 'bar' in the living room - and had a lurrvely pineapple ice bucket just like mine! Although most of the Trotter's tacky 1970s/80s interior styling was meant to offend, if you're a retro fan like me you probably enjoyed the mismatched, kitschiness of it all! The hanging artificial fruit in the kitchen (my Granny Daisy had it), the 'bamboo' print wallpaper (I had it in my old high-rise flat) and the cocktail 'bar' always made me smile.
Another design studio that comes to mind, who are all about funky foliage-inspired prints, are House of Hackney . Check out their 'Palmeral' and 'Tarovine' collections, reminiscent of those vintage bamboo/palm prints from the 1970's, but a little more uptown and oppulent.
AND THEY DO PINEAPPLE TABLE LAMPS!! And believe me, these are everything.
So after all this, I felt I needed to give the Peckham palace a little, erm, 'makeover'. . . a bit of silken flavour!
Just need to do something with that carpet. . .
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