Belvoir Collection for Osborne and Little
Today marks the launch of Matthew’s fifth collection of wallpapers and fabrics, Belvoir. Created in collaboration with Osborne & Little it evokes the English country house style with a contemporary twist. It is named in honour of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland.
“I can just imagine my muse for the collection stepping out from a party at Belvoir Castle. It is a summer evening with a clear night sky.”
The wallpaper collection is available to shop from our online boutique. The collection of fabrics is available from Osborne & Little stockists worldwide. Here, Matthew talks us through key prints and their origins.
This wallpaper started with plates sourced from Portobello and Kempton markets in London. Each was photographed individually and then customised further in the studio, bringing out colours or in some cases adding hand-drawn motifs like a flamingo, peony or butterfly.
“I was struck with the porcelain on display at Belvoir Castle on my first visit. There was such a variety of styles which had been in the Rutland family for years.”
A flourishing British garden springs to life in this hand-painted print which was first seen on gowns and skirts in the Matthew Williamson summer collection. Inspired by the Duchess Garden at Belvoir Castle, the studio set to recreating its colour by painting by hand.
“I loved the chinoiserie wallpapers and Asian-influenced King’s Rooms at Belvoir. These line-drawn fans began with that same style as inspiration,” comments Matthew. The fans were drawn with pen in the studio for this wallpaper, with colour added in ink.
This wallpaper is an ode to the traditional orangeries typical of country houses. Ornate framed cages were drawn by hand; they house tropical birds and orchids, painted in thick brushstrokes of acrylic. The background is a delicate lace pattern, based on a vintage English design.
“I always love visiting the orangeries of stately homes: the light and space are strikingly beautiful, and the scents of exotic, tropical plants and fruit are unmistakable.”
This lattice framework of creepers and dog roses is an ode to the English summer garden. Dragonflies and butterflies, with tips highlighted in metallic, flit in between and settle on the delicate florals of this wallpaper.