Hip London-born artist Quentin Jones has collaborated with Habitat to create an exclusive debut range of cushion and rug designs, which launch on June 4. As an illustrator and mixed-media artist who has worked with Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Victoria Beckham, Jones is known for her contemporary take on surrealism, which she explores in this collection by reworking her graphic artworks as hand-finished textiles.
The aesthetic is bold – fusing primary colours with fluid lines – and typography is juxtaposed with figurative elements (eyes and faces) echoing Jones signature artworks in which illustrations are layered over photography and video. “I love simple, monochromatic and primary palettes that echo the Bauhaus and constructivism,” she says. “Figurative elements have always played a central part in my work as I reassemble the human body through a mix of collage and illustration.”
The Eye-Eye 1 and 2 embroidered cushions (£60 each) depict a single eye – one open, one closed – in bold brushstrokes, and the Tunnel Vision embroidered cushion (£60) features a hand-painted eye superimposed onto random lettering. This design and the My Love embroidered cushion (also £60) become part of a bigger story when placed alongside their counterpart – the Eye-Eye, My Love rug (£450) – uniting them as a complete design.
The punchy Antrausic rug (£450) is used by Jones as a canvas to present her art large-scale – the design mirroring the torn-paper edges of her collages and setting bold typeface against a fluid, hand-painted chevron to suggest a sense of movement. This dynamism is underscored by the rug’s construction – the use of looped and cut pile and hand-carved detailing, for instance, creates three-dimensional depth.
Typography reappears on the Wordpool rug (£500) – the letters in the design chosen for their shapes rather than meaning. The pile is intricately hand-carved around them to create layers of height and interest. Like all Jones’s art, the collection is immediately impactful, bold and fresh.