Matthew Williamson is an award-winning British fashion designer renowned for his use of bold colour, intricate patterns and natural motifs. A graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins college, he showed his critically-acclaimed, debut catwalk collection, Electric Angels, in 1997. In recent years, Matthew’s design DNA has translated seamlessly from fashion into interior design, with commissions that include the courtyard garden at Blakes Hotel in London and Suite 67 at Belmond La Residencia in Mallorca. Now he has collaborated with rising design duo, Laura and Caroline Allnatt, founders of ROOME LONDON, to create Kaleidoscope, a dazzling collection of furniture, including a London Connoisseur exclusive: the Cordelia cabinet in Floral Urn.
As the Kaleidoscope collection illustrates, sisters Laura and Caroline share an exciting vision for imaginative furniture design. After working for twenty years in the fashion and art worlds respectively, they decided to pool their experience, knowledge and passion to create the ROOME LONDON concept. Exquisite prints created by world-renowned fashion designers and artists are translated into panels of sumptuous, couture fabrics and then applied to furniture shapes that lend themselves to showcasing these artworks to extraordinary effect. ROOME LONDON works with a British team of master craftsmen and specialist upholsterers to make each piece individually to the highest specifications. Each print has been refined over many months in collaboration with the workshop, elevating bespoke pieces of furniture to works of art. Unique commissions can also be undertaken.
They had long admired Matthew’s work, drawn to its exuberance and the narratives that form the backbone to his collections. The result is an equal collaboration, bringing together Matthew’s print stories with their own furniture shapes. Four of the designs in the collection are exclusive to ROOME LONDON: Sunburst captures the saturated colour and rugged landscape of the Cala Deià in Mallorca; Floral Urn is directly inspired by historical, hand-drawn botanical prints from India; Ikat is a direct result of Matthew’s fascination with the natural world, while Palm Springs is inspired by exotic jungle foliage. He drew on his extensive archive for the fifth design, Menagerie. In all there are six furniture pieces, each of which can be commissioned in any of the prints. While the artworks are the undoubted focal points of the designs, all frames, legs and handles are expertly crafted from quality materials such as lacquered oak and brass. The result is furniture that really does feel as beautiful as it looks.