My appetite for decorative furniture knows no bounds. Finding the perfect lacquered chest of drawers for a romantic bedroom or an ornate console table for the most enchanting of hallways has been a lifelong preoccupation. So, when the opportunity to work alongside Roome London on an occasional furniture collection arose, it felt like a dream come true.
Working on furniture is such a great challenge as these occasional pieces often take centre stage and anchor the room. Combining function and aesthetics is always at the front of my mind when designing and it’s important to get the balance just right. These pieces are meant to last a lifetime, so they need to work well from every aspect.When designing prints, my ideas are usually inspired by nature. Working on new prints is one of my favourite parts of the design process. First, I build a clear idea of the composition in my head and try to imagine the best possible way of translating it onto the materials at hand. I then make a sketch or a watercolour to map it out on paper along with researched images or photographs to reference before refining and perfecting digitally.
For this collection I have loved working on a range of new bespoke print concepts. The prints are applied to each piece of furniture using sumptuous couture fabrics and innovative upholstery techniques.It was important to me to create intuitive pairings between the furniture and the prints for this collection. It helped to imagine each piece in its environment and how it might be used. For the Tamara Drinks Cabinet, I wanted to immortalise the sophistication and excitement of an elegant soiree, so matched it with my Sunburst print which channels the rustic charm of the rugged, jewel-toned Cala Deià, bustling with sundowners at sunset.
Roome London works with a team of master craftsmen that create the foundations of each piece of furniture from brass and wood in England. The ‘Made in England’ accolade is something to celebrate: The team makes everything to the highest possible standard, with an emphasis on craftsmanship and attention to detail. It was also hugely important to me to consider the impact on the environment of my collection with Roome London. The company only uses FSC-regulated timber, ensuring that every time a tree is felled, one is planted in its place. Working locally between London and Norfolk helps to minimise Roome’s environmental footprint and all its furniture is made to order, further reducing any waste or surplus products.