Introducing CARNIVAL, Winter ’17 collection by Kate & Kate in collaboration with Arent&Pyke
A long-held love of texture, prints, natural materials and the desire to inject joy into the everyday… It’s these individual and shared passions that have brought to life, CARNIVAL, a Winter ’17 collection, by Kate & Kate devised and designed in collaboration with our founders Juliette and Sarah-Jane of Arent&Pyke.
The CARNIVAL collaboration team – Kate Pascoe Squires, Juliette Arent, Kate Pascoe, Sarah-Jane Pyke
“Our mutual love for textiles, print and colour has always connected Juliette & I, and really became a foundation of the Arent&Pyke aesthetic from day one,” says Sarah-Jane. “We talk a lot about layering in our interiors, and the softness of beautiful fabrics is always so key to achieving depth in any scheme.”
“The aesthetic and tactile experience of our everyday life is inextricably linked to fabric,” says Juliette, “the clothes we wear, the place we rest our head, the furniture that we lounge on. To work with the “Kates” was such a wonderful experience – we were given creative freedom to explore bold print, delicious colour combinations and beautiful yarns that would bring joy into people’s homes.”
The convivial delights of a shared table, a picnic outdoors, the gathering of family and friends, the comfort of daily rituals… and how we are inspired to ‘live a beautiful’ life are what the spirited CARNIVAL collection captures. With names such as Floss, Festive and Fireworks, the ‘Carnival’ spirit is weaved through the collection bringing warmth and wit to the winter season.
The collection features cotton and alpaca blankets, throws, linen napery, leather cushions and hand woven bedspreads and a mix of classic geometric shapes, relaxed stripes, and painterly prints, created in a contemporary palette of muted pinks, olive, navy, charcoal, burnt orange and black and white too.
Sarah-Jane and Juliette share a passion for natural materials, textiles and print.
“I love the tactility of textiles that are made from natural fibres – wool, silk, cotton, linen, cashmere” says Juliette. “Our studio is known for its use of bold print and colour in projects, but with CARNIVAL we incorporate the wildly expressive Fireworks print (seen on cushions, linen throws, tablecloths and napkins) in monochromatic black and white to dramatic effect. This paired with the cotton and alpaca blankets is the key to the collection – which expresses a mood of both whimsy and sophistication.”
“Linen has a special place in my heart!” enthuses Sarah-Jane.”I love every weight, from super-fine to chunky, slubby weaves and everything in between. We were thrilled to work with all our favourite materials in this collection – linen, cotton and super soft alpaca.”
The love of print for the Arent&Pyke studio is evident in the layering approach with a masterful balance of daring and restraint.
For Sarah-Jane, her favoured print choice could be “anything dynamic – it could be a strong geometric or a gorgeous soft floral – but it’s the movement and interest that catches my eye. I especially love prints where the hand of the artist is evident.”
Juliette says “I adore beautiful colour blocked printed fabrics, but for myself in my own home I opt for neutral schemes with punctuations of black and white, hence the idea behind the fireworks print which is conceived as the signature print in the collection.”
Click on some of our favourites from the CARNIVAL collection, below to pre-order from Kate&Kate with delivery early March.
The moodbards from Arent&Pyke that inspired the colours and prints for CARNIVAL collection in collaboration with Kate & Kate…