To help us bring the true colours of nature to life before our customers’ eyes at this year’s London Design Festival, we joined forces with Partnership Editions, a platform bringing together emerging artists and collectors.
Following Partnership Editions’ spirit of accessible art, our LDF events were a jubilant celebration of colour and form created right before the eyes of our visitors. Specifically, they were a celebration of 16 new hues – our Colour by Nature palette, created in collaboration with the Natural History Museum – and their sources in nature.
Helping to bring the palette to life in our Chelsea showroom was Julianna Byrne, a Partnership Editions artist whose gouache and ink pieces reference traditional botanical engravings, pressed flowers and classical influences, but with her own contemporary twist. On launch day, Julianna brought this unique approach to our showroom walls, creating a live mural to surprise and delight our visitors.
WERE THERE ANY COLOURS FROM THE PALETTE THAT YOU WERE IMMEDIATELY DRAWN TO?
I was immediately drawn to the Sap Green, it was perfect as the mural I created had so much foliage in it and it was earthy yet delicate. The other colour I loved was Broccoli Brown, people are often wary about using brown in their colour schemes but I find it adds warmth and depth, I would happily paint a whole wall in this colour.
HOW DOES COLOUR BY NATURE DIFFER FROM YOUR USUAL PALETTE?
I found the palette much bolder and more masculine than what I use in my usual practice. I often find myself using washed out blues and soft pastel colours which is why the Colour by Nature palette was a welcomed change. It was interesting using colours like Deep Reddish Brown, which I used to depict the sun, it has encouraged me to add richer tones into my palette.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS LOOKED TO NATURE FOR YOUR ARTISTIC INSPIRATION?
Yes, I spent a lot of my childhood in rural Ireland where the flora and fauna is incredible so I’ve always been drawn to wild areas and woodlands. When London gets too stifling, I try to take long walks in Hampstead Heath to get my fix, I find being amongst nature essential for my creative process.
APART FROM ART, WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE WAYS OF BRINGING COLOUR INTO YOUR HOME?
I love painting a whole room in a deep colour. I find that moodier colours can actually make interesting objects and art stand out more and make a room more interesting. My house is full of inky blues and smokey colours, so it feels very cosy. I also have an obsession with plants which may come as no surprise, so my house is a bit of a green jungle!
Photography and Videography by Harry Crowder