Cubana Collection for Osborne & Little
Inspired by the glamour and excitement of pre-revolutionary Cuba, Matthew’s latest collection for Osborne & Little conjures up an era of Hemingway and his contemporaries. The Cabaret Quarterly of 1956 summed up the country’s energy: “It is a mistress of pleasure, the lush and opulent goddess of delights.”
It’s this far-flung adventure and exoticism that the collection encapsulates. The palette includes rich shades of jade, peach, coral, turquoise and ultramarine, while the prints reference iconic catwalk looks. Colourful and sleek coordinating fabrics are available in Miramar, while Cubana Weaves can be used to upholster and complete the ensemble.
Here, Matthew talks us through key prints and their origins.
See Cubana wallpapers here.
“In Cubana, I aimed to capture the exotic, tropical landscapes, flora and fauna that I always love on my research trips and travels.”
“The palm print was first drawn and hand painted for our summer collection in 2015. I wanted a very hand-done feel with broad brushstroke effects and to create a paper which would transport you to a luscious rich jungle setting. The print was used on chiffon gowns.”
“The metallic shimmering parrots were inspired by the macaw parrots spotted from my hotel balcony in Costa Rica.”
“This was drawn in the studio from scratch and first appeared on one of our heritage DNA silk scarves. Later, it was transformed for the beach on light silk chiffon kaftans and cover-ups.”
“The Leopardo print was first designed in 2004 and printed onto jersey to create a slinky, sexy silhouette and 70s feel. Reworked it has been given a new metallic spin and pops of electric colour.”
“The pineapple print is my favourite in the collection. Each element was hand painted and I love the naive quality of this design. It’s playful and relaxed. I love how it can totally transform a room. The softer hues give a more traditional floral feel whilst the stronger tones really do give a new take on a classic and add real impact.”
Hemingway’s favourite Cuban bar is the name chosen for this sumptuous tropical floral embroidery on linen.
Named after Pico Turquino, the highest mountain in Cuba, this wallpaper is a subtle all-over pattern resembling a contemporary ikat. Animal prints are a perennial motif for Matthew, seen here in a jacquard from spring/summer 2011.
Named after the Spanish word for butterfly, Mariposa is a silk and linen jacquard of darting monochrome butterflies. They are a signature motif for Matthew – last seen in spring’s Wing Lace print this year.
Graphic lines always strike a powerful note on the catwalk. Seen here, this wallpaper print is named after Cuban dance music. The chevron stripe is set between fine metallic lines.
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