‘There’s always something fun about blowing up the scale of things,’ says Jordan Mould, creative director of Kirkby Design, ‘and we found it was no different with fabric.’ He’s discussing the brand’s standout new collection ‘Volume’, with its oversized, extreme textured weaves. A departure from the company’s usual graphic patterns, these pieces have a ‘visceral quality and explore technical details, making you want to touch every design.’
The launch is a response to the recent appetite for touchable, fluffy furniture. Upholstery in snowy white bouclé – Pierre Frey’s ‘Louison’ bouclette being the perfect example – has been spotted in a number of boutique hotels. While new from Raf Simons for Kvadrat is ‘Argo 2’, a lustrously deep-pile fabric of glossy mohair that begs to be stroked, and comes in striking shades such as acid yellow, flamingo pink and a Cookie Monster blue.
For Kirkby’s ‘Volume’ collection, Mould decided that ‘with such intense textures it was important to select colours that did not overpower the fabrics’. Hence the 11 designs are available in usable hues of pale pastels, Hunter green and versatile greys.
The talking points in the range are ‘Snug ’, a large quilted herringbone, the plush velvet ‘Jumbo Cord’,‘Roses’ featuring quilted, cushioned flowers, ‘Brush’, with the quality of a sheepskin coat and ‘Cricket’, a tribute to the classic sporting jumper, constructed from cotton yarns recycled from the fashion industry.
Who knows what the winter will bring in these unpredictable days, but luxuriously ‘extra’ textiles can certainly help cushion the blow. ‘Volume’ collection, from £125 per m kirkbydesign.com. ‘Louison’ bouclette, £547 per m pierrefrey.com.
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This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration November 2020
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