Looking for someone to dress your home fashionably? Who better than Raf Simons, the creative director of Dior? During his former role as creative director of Jil Sander he discovered the glamorous upholstery fabrics produced by Danish textiles specialist Kvadrat and memorably used them to create suits and coats in his autumn/winter 2011 collection. That remarkable decision led to an invitation from Anders Byriel, Kvadrat’s CEO, to design a seasonal collection of textiles and accessories for the home, the first of which is now available.
This luxurious 11-piece collection (textiles from £95 per m, cushions from £91, throws from £209) bears all the hallmarks of Simons’s acclaimed fashion designs. There’s the quest for innovation, a strong interplay between colour and weave, and an emphasis on tactile surfaces and sculptural shapes. Indeed, the intense colour gradations of the Tronic throws (£445), the silky, fur-like allure of Astor (£203 per m, bottom cushion in first and third pictures) and the sparkling bouclé of Pilot (£192 per m, top in first picture and bottom in second picture) all relate to patterns and textures explored by Simons in recent fashion collections.
As a passionate collector of contemporary art and modern design, Simons is much inspired by the work of midcentury-modern furniture designers such as Jean Royère, Pierre Jeanneret and Hans Wegner. And this influence is evident in the highly textured qualities of Argo (£375 per m, top in third picture), a woven mohair whose opulently deep pile is reminiscent of sheepskin, Pillar (£352 per m, middle in second picture), an exquisite, ethically sourced mohair velour, and the tactile, speckled bouclé fabrics Sonar 1 and 2 (each £196 per m, middle in first picture; top in second picture).
Simons is clearly excited by the potential of these textiles to add glamour and drama to interiors. “We are making fabrics that are like a blank canvas for designers,” he says. “They are waiting for input from the furniture designers – we don’t control the design they will use the textiles for, so we try to leave it very open. These fabrics should be multifunctional.” Just add a hefty dose of imagination, and your home will soon look catwalk-hot.