Press releases seldom lift my spirits but I was properly cheered by Kirkby Design’s latest update. I didn’t read the copy; what registered when I opened up the attachment was colour. Sharp and clean, it cut through the early morning mist surrounding my work hut and turned my thoughts to summer time.
It is widely believed that the light in Britain is too cold for strong colours, and it’s certainly true that the scorching shades that work so well in the Mediterranean lose their impact when set against our toned down skies. But that doesn’t mean we Brits have to stick to beige and pasty pastels. As Kirkby’s 2015 fabric collection proves, cooler pastel hues can be fresh and pulse-quickeningly vibrant – particularly when mixed together in unexpected ways. I love this combination of brilliant, gloss red and sugar sweet, mottled pink and this bravely bonkers mixing of baby blue, pink, olive and bronze.
(image shows, clockwise from back: Swedese sofa in Signal Tomato, stool in Leaf Lemon, cushion in Arcade Sky, stool in Leaf Soft Jade, Original 1227™ Desk Lamp by Anglepoise®; stool in Cell Aluminium, stool in Cross Sulphur; stool in Cross Blossom; armchair in Boost Navy; cushions in Brick Aluminium and Signal Peach; Poliform armchair in Sahara Pool piped with Sahara Abyss; floor lamp by Tom Dixon for Abyss. All fabrics are by Kirkby Design.)
And it’s not just Kirkby Design pushing this look. It’s there on the front cover of April’s edition of Elle Decoration and in one of in the latest projects designed the ever fashion-forward Yoo Studio. (Aqua, yellow, ochre and baby blue in one zone, nice!) I sense a trend coming on.
Words: Charlotte Abrahams, writer, curator and co-editor of the Selected Journal.
Images 1-3 © Kirkby Design, Image 4 © YOO