Matthew’s home features on the cover of this month’s Living Etc magazine with a full article entitled ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Read on for an extract….
“Organised bohemia,” is how fashion designer Matthew Williamson laughingly refers to his interiors style, as he points to the hallway painted in a sea of neon pink. ‘This place has great scale and bones, which I found immediately attractive when I first saw the apartment three and a half years ago,’ he says. ‘It might look like it’s all been thrown together, but actually, everything is in its place.’
Matthew admits his taste is “very highbrow/lowbrow – I do like a bargain!” he says. He thinks nothing of teaming a simple table with a lavish-looking velvet buttoned sofa, or a Venetian mirror and intricate Turkish wall sconces with geometric flooring. And there’s always a touch of Matthew’s own handicraft, from the découpage of Fornasetti-inspired butterflies disguising a boiler cupboard in the bathroom to some dip-dye fringing, left over from a dress in one of his collections, used to edge a lamp shade bought from John Lewis. ‘My background is from making ends meet,’ he says of his humble Mancunian roots. The Williamson family may have had little, but “my mum always looked richer than she was – in a high-street shirt, but with her nails always beautifully painted,” says Matthew, proudly. “She was like a peacock in a sea of grey.”
See the full feature with photography by Paul Raeside, production by Mary Weaver and interview by Fiona McCarthy in this month’s edition of Living etc (April 2016).
His home is like a “living and growing moodboard”, where Matthew is drawn to pieces instinctively. “I don’t know if they’re right or wrong – they just have to make my heart race.”