Taking inspiration from Puglia, a southern region of Italy, making up the heel of Italy’s “boot” in fact and known for hill towns, age-old farmland and situated between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea, it has more than 800 kilometres of pristine Mediterranean coastline.
The collection features a beautiful neutral colour palette but how do you feel its strong textural qualities bring a new dimension to a space?
Sophie Paterson: “The cushions are all very tactile and have great textural contrasts – beautiful printed linens against velvets and weaves with a mix of different brush fringe trims and glamorous piping options. It’s about understated luxury with an earthy grounded aesthetic. I didn’t want to do anything glitzy but something that aligns with my personal taste – rustic chic meets contemporary classic. These cushions are a great way to update your interior with subtle colour and pattern and will instantly lift your sofa or bed.”
So, how did the collaboration come about?
Sophie Paterson: “I’ve used Andrew Martin products in my projects for years and know all the team there. Martin came to the launch party of one of my very first collections with another brand, he’s someone I respect hugely in the industry along with CEO Mike Durbridge and Design Director David Harris and all the team. So when we got chatting at the party it was obvious pretty quickly there was a lot of synergy and we wanted to do something together. Mike asked me where I felt there was a gap in the market and what my followers would like and straight away I knew it had to be luxurious cushions – the type we make bespoke for our clients but that aren’t readily available in the retail sector. Andrew Martin have a great selection of cushions and at great prices but we wanted to take it to the next level with luxurious trims and design our own fabrics for these together.”
The collection comprises of 34 cushions in a tranquil and calm neutral colour palette, evocative of the whitewashed towns, and finished with luxe trims and fringes.
How did you come to the delicate patterning that you decided on for the collection – from herringbone to geometrics?
Sophie Paterson: “I love small scale patterns – they are a brilliant way of adding interest to a room, especially when you layer them up as you can with this collection. David and I collated images of patterns we both loved and sketched out some ideas of patterns we felt would work. We both share an obsession with herringbone and I’ve wanted a fabric for years that is a loose, organic herringbone print on a slightly larger scale.”
Do you have a favourite design from the collection and why?
Sophie Paterson: “I love the Monte and Fasano in almond. The Monte is such a chic, strong geometric that is great for cushions but also upholstery – I can’t wait to do a headboard and armchairs in this one and the Fasano is a fresh take on herringbone so it’s always going to be a favourite. I love the almond colour way as it adds warmth to any scheme and is one of my favourite palettes to work with right now.”
And now a few photos from the evening, including of course Sophie Paterson and Martin Waller and their teams as well as David Harris, Peter Humphrey, Rebecca Clark, Charlotte Street and Noor Charchafchi…
Images: Naomi Gabrielle Photography