Gong Xi Fa Cai or Gong Hei Fat Choi – it’s Chinese New Year! For many of our readers and for many businesses across the globe this means a holiday and lots of time for food, family and general celebrations. Last year I was living with a Chinese family in Singapore so I got to take part in the fun and learned a lot about their traditions at this time of year. At WIN we are of course still hard at work in the office, however we’ve been in contact with some great designers who have an oriental influence in their products and there’s one in particular that stood out for us. A New Year can symbolise a fresh start in many different ways, so why not a fresh start in the home? New wallpaper in particular can completely transform a room and with an amazing new collection from designer Steve Leung and Graham & Brown there’s no excuse not to start transforming your house.
Steve Leung is a Hong Kong based designer best known for his beautifully designed hotels, restaurants, club houses, show flats and retail spaces. He has also won the Best International Interior Designer Award an unprecedented ten times at the Andrew Martin International Awards. His wallpaper collection for Graham & Brown features seven contemporary designs, inspired by the Orient with a distinct Western influence. The range includes hand-drawn climbing florals, stylised geometrics and classical stripes in a balanced palette of auspicious earthy shades, sultry metallics and cooling neutrals. Delicate glitter embellishments have been added to give the wallpapers a delicate sheen. We’ve chosen some of our favourites for you below.
Juan uses a simple geometric pattern, with charcoal and bronze colours. An enhanced glitter and metallic effect reflects the beauty and simplicity for which Oriental design is renowned. This wallpaper is charming and we think it would look particularly great in entrance halls, workspaces or the bedroom.
Eastern design inspires Ling with its trellis effect, another geometric wallpaper from the collection. The mix of textures and heights within the design give a stunning three dimensional effect and the metallic highlights add a touch of decadence. The beige and green tones blend really well which will add warmth to your home. This is definitely one for the kitchen or dining room!
Jiao is a beautiful floral wallpaper. The background is light blue with a white floral design that has shimmering highlights, producing a three dimensional effect on the flowers. It coordinates with some of the plainer wallpapers in the collection and so could be combined, perhaps using Jiao on one feature wall for maximum impact.
Finally there is Bao. This elegant geometric design is inspired by screens from the Orient, combining the traditional with the contemporary. Its clever use of tones and heights give a sophisticated three dimensional effect and again it uses metallic highlights. This wallpaper gives a particular air of elegance and decadence and works well with minimal furnishings and colour schemes of red, black and white.
There are many more designs in the collection and we’re certainly feeling inspired, looks like a weekend of planning my new bedroom! We hope the New Year brings lots of luck for everyone, especially those entering our WIN Awards 2014! For those of you celebrating, we hope you have an amazing time and to everyone else have a wonderful weekend. Until next time!