Matthew Williamson x Vinterior
For Matthew, one of the most important parts of achieving a unique, special place to call home is filling its rooms with beautiful things. For such accessories and furniture, Williamson believes that the world of antiques and vintage can unlock new potential for your home, an undiscovered personality that will reflect its owners’ unique lives, passions, humour and style. His collaboration with antiques and vintage online marketplace Vinterior provides just that. The specially-curated series of Edits will help you find exactly what you’re looking for to create a one-of-a-kind, totally personal living space. A new edit will launch each month, beginning today with The English Home.
“No one wants to live in a magazine cover. Vintage furniture and antiques break that down and afford layers of interest that you won’t find by shopping ‘new’.”
“Through my online design Edits, I’ll be highlighting pieces (that I’ve had my eye on!) available from Vinterior’s thousands of sellers all over the world to give you some guidance as you start your journey into the world of vintage and antique furniture and accessories. Consider these Edits a digest of style and taste that you can bring into your own home, from my wishlist to yours.”
“I am a firm believer that interior design is a life-long process. It is about the journey and the thrill of finding something you love and that never has to stop because you feel your home is ‘done’ once the pictures are hung and you’ve chosen your furniture. Never stop searching, always give in to your curiosity and if you love something, bring it home.”
Discover and shop the first edit here and read on for his tips and ideas for the home…
Why is it that contemporary pieces of furniture and accessories can pair so well with vintage and antiques?
“Juxtaposition is so important in any kind of design, from food to fashion, from dance to painting. Most importantly, there is no principle more important than juxtaposition in interior design. The magical contrast you can achieve by pairing historical and contemporary furniture and accessories in the home is undeniable. There is aesthetic friction between the old and the new that is incredibly pleasing when you, for example, position a decorative Willow Pattern Chinese vase from the fin de siecle on a sleek mid-Century modern table or put a fantastically ornate vintage sofa in front of a highly stylised modern wallpaper. My home is a traditional Spanish Finca and features a mash-up of crafted, local items like handblown glass and ceramics and more traditionally English pieces of furniture. This might sound like horrific hodge-podge to purists, but I believe the most exciting interiors are the ones that break the rules.”
“There is no principle more important than juxtaposition in interior design. The magical contrast you can achieve by pairing historical and contemporary furniture and accessories in the home is undeniable.”
Should furniture always be decorative/have a decorative element?
“I do believe everything in the home should have some aesthetic value. I certainly aspire to this in my own home. Naturally, some items will possess more of a decorative quality than others, but the look and feel of your home should be considered at every stage. For example, if you’re looking for storage boxes, consider a slightly weathered trunk or ottoman instead of perspex boxes. This is invariably a slower method of finding what you need, but once you have it, you’ll love it forever.
“Buying less and buying better is the key here. Not only will you feel more in tune with your home, but you’ll be contributing to sustainable shopping.”
What do you first notice about a room when you first enter it?
“When I first enter a room in a friend or family member’s home, I am always drawn to the pieces of furniture or accessories that possess a sense of authenticity or tease at their own history. These are pieces that draw on different cultures or eras; they have character and age, visible craftsmanship and skill. This could be anything from a sofa to a vase, a painting to a coffee table.”
Do you draw on historic designs/art for the creation of your own products?
Historic art and design is a constant source of inspiration to me, especially with regards to my wallpaper designs. There is something colonial about the tiger foliage motifs in Tiger Grove (pictured above), an Arabian influence in Celestia, the wildflowers in Deya Meadow (below right) are pre-Raphaelite in essence. However, throughout the design process for every new product or collection, I never look to time periods or aesthetic movements too deeply, as this can spiral into pastiche or parody. To keep my designs eclectic and unexpected, it’s important to combine both historical influence and vivid imagination.
If you could bring any design era back to the mainstream, what would it be?
The 1970s was a truly iconic decade for both fashion and interior design. I think the 70s is making a comeback of its own accord, but I want more. The rich fabric, tight patterns and texture overload of a metropolitan 70s home is a real feast for the eyes, while the dreamy Mediterranean beach clubs of the disco era feel fresh and exciting, ahead of their time in many ways.
Discover Matthew’s first edit for Vinterior here.
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