Above: Maze II in hand knotted Tibetan wool with bamboo silk
There is nothing that thrills us more than seeing our rug designs installed in a final interior scheme. For our latest project, we collaborated with London-based designer Laura Stephens to create two bespoke rugs for a lively family home in Wimbledon. Responding to her flair for colour and extraordinary eye for detail, we experimented with tone, pattern and scale to design pieces that are elegant, fun and contemporary.
We recently caught up with Laura:
1. What was your brief for this project?
The space was already beautiful but was calling out for some finishing touches. It needed rugs, lighting and upholstery to make the space feel more homely, warm and personal. The living space attached to the kitchen was large but needed a rug to ground it, add colour and define the area. The living room had a lovely scheme of greys but needed a rug to add colour and depth, while tying together key pieces of furniture.
2. When designing a room, what elements do you start with first?
I set myself a series of questions based on the practical functions of the room, such as - What is the room used for? Is it an adult space or a family space? How many seats are required? What ‘mood’ does the client wish to achieve in the room? When those questions are answered I set about designing a layout, which is then key to the entire process. The client is consulted to ensure it works for them. Then I start putting together a scheme based on their style, ideas and around key pieces they might already have such as artwork.
3. What are your main considerations when choosing a rug for a space?
I usually start by considering if we want the rug to be the ‘star of the show’ or to blend and complement what is already there… In the living space next to the kitchen, I really wanted the rug to be the centrepiece and the strong Maze II design really worked for that. Added to which, my client loved the design and the geometric aspects of the rug, which really complemented the angles of the space. We had already decided that the gorgeous pair of Italian chairs would be upholstered in an aqua blue fabric with yellow piping. We then decided we wanted to draw out the yellow of the piping with the rug. Jennifer helped to pick out the tone of the golden silk and a grey wool that worked with the soft grey of the wooden flooring beneath it.
The more abstract design of the Treetops was perfect for the living room as the room was already ‘finished’ so the rug needed to blend and complement what was already there. The stunning lilacs, blues and greys added soft colour without overwhelming the scheme. The silk and reflection of the light added an extra dimension to the room so that it no longer appeared ‘flat’. It just lifted the whole space. The rug also served to tie together all the existing pieces of furniture that the client wanted to keep. However, we had to change the heavy block coffee table for the gorgeous brass and glass one as it seemed such shame not to see the rug beneath it!