Bird of Paradise Wallpaper & Fabric
Back from Bali in the spring, the tropics were fresh in Matthew’s mind. This vision of an island paradise inspired his second collection for Osborne & Little, Samana. The island has a clear emperor of its skies in the Bird of Paradise printed wallpaper and fabric.
See Bird of Paradise wallpapers here.
A long-term symbol for the house, Matthew looked to flitting hummingbirds for the spring 2003 Flamingo Bay collection. Later, traditional eighteenth-century birds inspired the Chinoiserie print of winter 2006. Finally, the parrot print of our collaboration with H&M, seen here modelled by Daria Werbowy. Suzy Menkes even saw the allusion with the opening of our London store in 2004:
“Williamson’s arrival at No 28 Bruton St is like a bird of paradise fluttering into a brick-and-mortar London street.”
The print started with brushstrokes in the studio in watercolour shades, from kiwi and jade to cerise and fuchsia. For the metallic wallpapers, a sheen of metallic paint was added by hand with lustre pigment. Then to the print press ready to be rolled.
Set these birds free to swoop through your wallpaper or fly over your curtains. Visit the Osborne & Little website for a list of stockists, as well as the full range of 4 colours of fabric and 7 colours of wallpaper.