Well well…..there are quite a lot of interesting adverts and articles within this issue. Let’s begin with…….


…….specifically their MOSAICO Collection.

‘Bisazza is one of the top luxury brands in the design sector and the industry’s leading producer of glass mosaics for interior and exterior decoration. Over the past few years, the company has extended its decorative offerings with new materials made through processes that combine the value of design with the charm of craftsmanship’.


Natale, G. (2018) Mosaico (Advertisement) In: Spriggs, B. (2018) Bisazza: Mosaico, Elle Decoration, No 309 (May), p.21.

I absolutely adore this design by Greg Natale, it reminds me of the grain found within wood; the organic nature is transformed by the geometric nature of each individual glass mosaic tile. Could I experiment with this type of pattern as a gentle and soft background? Strangely enough I have actually undertaken some observational studies of my own within my Material Matters project…..could I maybe revisit and re-envisage this design to incorporate within my hero or possible Blender pattern?



Wishlist (Article) In: Spriggs, B. (2018) ‘Sun and Stripes: Team Moody Graphic Greys with Splashes of Sunshine Yellow for a Modern Bedroom Scheme’, Elle Decoration, No 309 (May), p.53.

Although this is not one particular brand per se, it demonstrates some of my favourite design elements:

COLOUR – ‘Citron’ Estate Emulsion by FARROW & BALL, masters of paint, interior design and colour @ Strangely enough, I have begun to really appreciate the power of Yellow; I have always opined it as rather a nonchalant colour, but now think it may be one of my favourite. Daffodils as black line and a yellow background?

LINE – ‘Forest Lovers’ print by Christopher Lorenzo @ So simple, but amazingly effective when combined with a strong colour such as the ‘Citron’ Yellow. The thickness of line also really communicates the importance of the image it contains i.e the print.

PATTERN – J by Jasper Conran towels @ Geometric patterns utilising a white line against the yellow is just as effective as the black line against the yellow. The black and yellow together communicates a harder edged (masculine?) design and the white against yellow conveys a softer edged (feminine) design; I could explore this.



Colour (Article) In: Spriggs, B. (2018) ‘Silver: Having proved it’s Mettle, this Futuristic Shade is taking a Momentum to Shine’, Elle Decoration, No 309 (May), p.82.

This got me thinking back to the lecture I had with one of my tutors, Sian, whilst thinking about our brand as a designer and which colours what be core elements of said brand; silver has always been a favourite colour of mine and what better colour to offset it against than Blue………time to play………….



Strangely enough there actually wasn’t any article that piqued my interest within this issue, but rather I was drawn to a few of the adverts!! Anyone who knows me understands how much I hate adverts on TV and in magazines, social media and billboards, but on this occasion I was drawn to these 3 advertisements.


‘Excess yarn is re-carded and re-spun in India and upcycled into a new material for the one-of-a-kind rugs from the Alchemy collection. The spontaneous bursts of color evoke the artistic sensibility of a painter’s brushstroke, where traditional motifs are transformed into contemporary designs through color and the recycled yarn becomes futuristic creations with an eco-conscious perspective’.


carpet & home, abc. (2018) Alchemy (Advertisement) In: Compton, N. (2018) ‘Alchemy: Experience the Genesis of Design’, Wallpaper*, 229 (April), p.75

WOW!!!! I need a spare £8000 to purchase one of these for my new digs in Nottingham!! Donations welcome ; )

I was instantly drawn to the incredible pattern and colour within this rug, which in turn gave me the idea to possibly turn all my linear floral drawings into a fluid spectrum of my chosen colour palette, creating a natural fluidity seen within the above rug. Could I then create a beautiful background of both harmonising and contrasting colours to offset my linear florals? Would I be able to achieve this on Photoshop/Illustrator? Looking at advertisements for inspiration has really opened my ideas to the possibilities of gaining inspiration from the least likely sources.


‘Our new wallpaper collection ‘Tresco’ has been designed by artist Hugo Dalton and curated by our team of colourists.

The Tresco collection is a new, beguiling wallpaper collection inspired by the artist’s time spent in Tresco, a private island located in the Isles of Scilly. 

Encompassing a mixture of traditional and digital printing techniques, the new wallpaper collection features eight unique designs printed in a multitude of colourways taken from the existing Paint & Paper Library colour palette’. 


Dalton, H. (2018) Buds – Rufus (Advertisement) In: Compton, N. (2018) Tresco: A New Wallpaper Collection in Collaboration with Artist Hugo Dalton, Wallpaper*, 229 (April), p.101.


Dalton, H. (2018) Buds – Rufus. Available at: (Accessed: 12 April 2018)

‘An all-over motif depicting small protea buds. Full of promise and optimism, the arrangement of the chalice-shaped flowers is reminiscent of Grecian wall paintings. Found in the gardens at Tresco, this protea bud is depicted exactly to its original scale, capturing an element of life-like quality in the design. The buds have been coloured in a range of graduated neutrals and tones of natural colouring to reflect its former surroundings. An additional bold colourway has been incorporated for a more impactful and dramatic scheme creating strong contrast. This traditionally printed paper offers a design that could be used on one wall as a stand alone or all around a room. The flexibility of this paper offers great scope for use within a variety of different spaces’

There is something so sumptuously delicious about this simple, yet highly effective floral design….maybe I don’t have to create a fabric/wallpaper that contains all these gimmicks and motifs. Could I create a wallpaper of my own and beat my own path? But would my tutors argue that this looks like a Secondary pattern? The colour blue used within this design is one of my all time favourites….TIMELESS and CLASSIC. The blue is offset, contrasted and harmonised all within the same context by the metallics…..BRONZE and GOLD.



Palomba, R & L. (2018) Zen 230 (Advertisement) In: Compton, N. (2018) ‘Screen Time: Elegant Ways to Divide and Conquer’, Wallpaper*, 229, (April), p.274.

Unfortunately their website was extremely difficult to navigate around, so trying to find much information about the company was rather impossible. However, I did manage to fathom that the company is pushing the boundaries when looking at the context between indoor/outside design.

‘The fragrance of an outdoor space conceived in harmony with nature, permeated by an atmosphere of well-being. A place in which to immerse oneself, enveloped by the warmth of a design that lives through its relationship with people and their needs, offering them the experience of a different way of discovering the outdoors’.

You maybe wondering why I chose this particular design? It gave me the idea to incorporate my florals against the backdrop of a trellis, something that William Morris incorporated a lot within his work. Could these cohesive interlocking trellis ‘bricks’ softly accentuate my linear floral drawings? Could they be the colour needed to make sure I stick to one of the core elements of the brief? We shall see….