Matthew Williamson on his latest interiors collaboration

Marie-Claire Chappet
·3-min read
Photo credit: Courtesy.
Photo credit: Courtesy.

From Town & Country

The iconic fashion designer Matthew Williamson has now long been a mainstay of the interiors world, famed for his bold prints and rich patterns. Launching today is his latest capsule collection with the British furniture brand Roome London. Williamson brings his signature touch to four new and exclusive hand-painted silk textile designs, which form the ‘Kaleidoscope’ collection. The arresting patterns will be seen across cabinets, screens and sideboards.

He talks to Town & Country about his inspiration for the collection:

Photo credit: DAVID LEVENSON
Photo credit: DAVID LEVENSON



How did the collaboration come about?

“I wanted to work with a new medium within my product portfolio, so this collaboration was a dream project for me. The British brand appeals as everything is made in England to the highest possible standard with an emphasis on craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

How did you go about selecting the prints for each piece and what was your inspiration?

“Each print selected works well on the classic furniture shapes and will double up as one of a kind artworks for the home. The inspiration was travel – the places that I love the most such as England, India and Spain – my home in a small coastal village in Mallorca and my archive collection of fabrics and prints.”

Photo credit: Courtesy
Photo credit: Courtesy

How did you select the pieces you wanted to include in the capsule collection?

“I worked closely here with Laura and Caroline Allnat at Roome London, taking their lead. We chose classic shapes from their range, such as the super-long sideboards, the dresser cabinet and the chest of drawers, as these are really useful and practical pieces of furniture.

“The screen was added as it’s a really versatile piece and can be used in so many ways throughout the home. We designed the nest of tables as these can be made in five different prints, featuring monkeys, parrots and butterflies, so you can make up your own combinations to bring a whimsical and personal tropical touch to your space.”

Do you have a particular favourite?

“The sunburst print is my favourite in the collection. I live in the mountains in Deia, Mallorca and take walks to the Cala as often as I can. I love the area and in particular at sunset where the landscape is breathtaking. The print reflects the area and I took an abstract approach with painterly patchwork sections pieced together in deep jewel like tones. The print has been designed for a drinks cabinet so I added a large hand drawn golden star for a touch of gilded glamour as I imagine this piece working well in bars and lounges for chic pre-dinner cocktails.”

Photo credit: Courtesy
Photo credit: Courtesy

It seems we are all really embracing maximalist styles in our interiors now. What are your thoughts on that?

“Maximalism has long been part of my design DNA. I’m naturally drawn to schemes that demonstrate a harmonious mix of styles and genres. The artful curation of colours, patterns, textures, furniture and objects can be poetic, personal and comforting, which are all qualities we want from our homes now more than ever. Moving forward, I’ll be looking to refine and hone in my interior style and make design choices that are both practical and spark a bit of joy, too.”