When Swedish interior designer Beata Heuman came across a vintage photograph of Lee Miller in bed, it was the rug hanging behind her that grabbed her attention. “I thought it looked so romantic – the perfect mix of bohemian and chic,” she says of the Jean Cocteau design. It’s an idea Heuman has since used in her own schemes: a throw of a leopard and tiger against a crimson background is wrought into an elegant headboard in a Notting Hill bedroom, while a Matisse-like throw is hung with raw edges in an east-coast US seaside home, complementing a series of the artist’s Blue Nude cut-outs.
Los Angeles-based brand BFGF makes throws focused around the female form, designed by artist Lilian Martinez. “They are an accessible way to introduce art into everyday life,” says Martinez, whose paintings are sold through LA gallery Ochi Projects. Heuman has included a BFGF blanket in the interior design of a traditional Sussex cottage. Placed behind a sofa, it adds a contemporary yet tactile element that doesn’t feel out of place with the vintage finds.
“Throws give the room warmth,” says Laurence Leenaert, the Belgian founder of Marrakech homewares brand LRNCE. “The lines of our designs are created with hand embroidery,” she says. “I like how they’re a kind of naive, spontaneous drawing.”
And, of course, these blankets look just as striking when thrown over sofas and beds.
In her Chicago studio, Dee Clements designs graphic cotton throws inspired by artists such as Lee Krasner, and highlights how the weaving process creates different colourways on either side. From $190, studioherron.com
Los Angeles designer Marc Hendrick produces jacquard cotton throws in collaboration with creatives such as Barcelona-based illustrator Carolina Monterrubio and Ukrainian artist Anastacia Sholik. $230, slowdownstudio.com
Digitally printed designs are inspired by Martinez’s art practice – with tropical plants, basket balls and bunches of bananas cropping up as recurring motifs. $200, bfgf-shop.com
Handwoven in Morocco from cotton and wool, Leenaert’s designs combine abstract lines with graphic symbols. From $195, lrnce.com
The New York brand’s tapestries are woven on a jacquard loom in monochrome patterns and colourful abstracts. €190, visoproject.com