There are rare occasions when you come across an interior that lets you mouth wide open in astonishment and awe. This is what happened to me when I saw the images of the Kings Head Members Cub in London which opened in early 2013. Back in June 2012, the Kings Head design team approached Vanderhurd asking for wall coverings. Vanderhurd is an internationally acclaimed design studio and bespoke textile design firm created by Christine Van Der Hurd, which has amongst many others projects designed and manufactured collections for the Italian furniture company Cappellini and for Liberty’s of London.
Vanderhurd adapted two different hand printed fabric designs, Flower Cut Out and Flower Stencil, to create an entirely new design for them using the golden yellow/terracotta and dark green colors which were found in the tiles on the floor. The ceiling which could simply not be left white was painted the same golden yellow and ties the different patterns together. The daylight passing through the colored glass window panes and appearing on the walls adds it’s own touch of magic to this unique room inhabited by wildlife cats, zebras and a polar bear.The Cordoba fabric design was also recreated using the African colors red, yellow, green and black creating a spectacular backdrop for the parrot taxidermy collection. A flat weave Dhurrie carpet with a green dominant and a Moroccan lantern add further interest to this eclectic ensemble which is the favorite of the two I am showing today.
All the fabrics were backed with paper for easy and effective hanging on the walls. All the moldings and door frames were kept white creating a visual separation between the patterns. Despite the busy patterns used, their combination doesn’t feel overwhelming in a place that is intended, don’t overlook it, for entertaining.
What do you think of the Kings Head design? It can’t let you insensible. Have you recently had a design crush you’d like to share here? I look forward to hearing from you!
* All photography by Oskar Proktor courtesy of Vanderhurd