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We love revealing Deirdre’s new rug designs at Maison & Objet every January but by contrast, Deirdre’s annual UK collection launch, held here in the intimacy of our Kings Road gallery, is by far the highlight of our year.
The evening gives Deirdre a chance to catch up with valued friends of the brand as well as clients old and new and introduce her carpets in person whilst guests can touch and feel the incredible quality of the finished designs, see the lustre of the silk and the true colours which are always best viewed ‘in the flesh’.
This year’s collection inspired by the hues and patterns of birds and their feathers, is a riot of colour and contrast and provoked much admiration and discussion. As did Deirdre’s first carpet artwork, UNBOUND, created in a limited edition of three and intricately handwoven in 32 colours of wool and silk.
UNBOUND was recently included in The Luxury Cave launch event at the Design Museum and was so overwhelmingly well received that Deirdre is now working on another limited-edition wall piece, more details to be revealed soon.
Flowers by Clayton at Strudwick Flowers provided the perfect backdrop to the evening’s festivities. Deirdre had requested natural arrangements with fluid forms reflecting the designs on display and Clayton fulfilled this brief perfectly, picking up the reds in both HARLEQUIN and UNBOUND on the first floor and the golden and buttery tones of GOLDEN PHEASANT and BURLESQUE on the ground floor.
This year guests enjoyed lavender cocktails selected by Edison to compliment the purple found in Deirdre’s new QUILLS rug design, Champagne and Dyson wine together with delicious canapes by Aquashard such as mushroom arancini, steak tartare and mini fish and chips. Guests were extremely well looked after by Aquashard’s John Wiltshire and his team.
The gallery, designed by Architect Timothy Hatton (pictured) comes in to its own at night and the wonderful atmosphere led to a very special evening celebrating another stellar rug collection by Deirdre.
Deirdre Dyson’s Design Library includes a bespoke rug design for any interior style and as all our carpets are custom made; design, size and colour can be altered to suit the most exacting requirements.
Colour, in particular, can be dialled up or down and introducing bold colours in an interior can really embolden a space and anchor a room.
Style is of course the most subjective of things, for some interiors more is more and designs and colours that would apparently fight with each other when juxta positioned can be really effective.
This excess of pattern and bold colour is known as Maximalism and is a trend that is having a resurgence.
Deirdre’s rug designs can really lend themselves to this maximalist style – for instance GOLDEN PHEASANT, is a vibrant riot of pink and orange wools, shot with petrol blue silk and would stun in a busy setting or what about LIME JUICE? A super simple design but bursting with juicy greens that just scream excess.
This year’s SLIVERS has been our most popular design by far – bold nuggets of graded blues, purple and green silk would sit equally as a striking centre piece in a more pared back space or likewise hold its own when surrounded by bold graphic artwork and busy pattern.
Contact us to arrange your appointment at our gallery to be inspired by Deirdre’s designs and explore your inner Maximalist with our selection of over 5000 wool and silk colours.
The Athene Festival is an annual event which brings together leading figures from the UK and Chinese arts industries for five days with the aim of promoting and encouraging cultural exchange with China.
The festival culminates in the Athene Guild Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner which was held at the Guildhall, London last Friday.
Deirdre was surprised and delighted to receive the Arts Ambassador award for her work as a fine artist and award winning carpet designer. The award also acknowledges her broad contribution and support of the arts, which includes being an amateur opera singer and author and art collector, whilst Sir James Dyson also received the inaugural Master of Engineering Design award.
A very special evening acknowledging both Deirdre and James contribution to the arts, albeit in different areas.
Watch the film produced to accompany Deirdre’s award here.
In 1919, Walter Gropius became the director of a new institution created from the merger of two art schools in Weimar. This new school, the Staatliches Bauhaus, was to be known simply as the Bauhaus. Even though Gropius was an architect and the term ‘Bauhaus’ literally translates as “construction house,” it did not solely concentrate on architecture, it was a school encompassing all elements of art and design.
Gropius aim was “to create a new guild of craftsmen, without the class distinctions which raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and artist.” Combining influences from modernism, the English Arts and Crafts movement, and Constructivism, Gropius promoted the idea that design was to serve the community and exist in its purist form, epitomised in the Bauhaus principle ‘Form follows function’.
The interdisciplinary nature of the Bauhaus realised the concept of “Gesamtkunstwerk,” or complete work of art, meaning the visual arts, graphic design product and furniture design as well as architecture combined to create a cohesive environment comprising simple, elegant geometric shapes, solid colours and minimalist spaces.
Having moved over the course of its existence from Weimar to Dessau and finally Berlin, the Bauhaus was closed by the Nazis in 1933 for producing ‘degenerate art’. Despite this suppression, the Bauhaus lived on and it’s ideologies spread as many of its staff and students fled Germany bringing the school’s idealistic concepts with them, influences that continue to have an impact on design today.
Despite being known as a minimalist discipline, The Bauhaus felt an understanding of colour was of paramount importance and colour theories taught as part of the school’s foundation course by artists Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Josef Albers formed the basis of contemporary colour theory. This included expanding the colour wheel, developing ideas of colour contrast, exploring the psychological effects of colour and their spiritual and transcendental nature.
Other Bauhuas luminaries included Josef’s wife Anni Albers, Hinnerk Scheper, Georg Muche, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Joost Schmidt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Gunta Stölzl and Oskar Schlemmer, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Like any colourist, Deirdre Dyson’s designs inadvertently pay homage to the Bauhaus concepts and artists, with both the application of colour theory and form but some of Deirdre’s rug designs really do make a more obvious nod to the movement, none more so than ANGULUS with its stark geometry and solid colours.
Several of Deirdre’s designs or bespoke reworkings never make it to the loom, so for a bit of fun, we’ve trawled through the archive to find some other Deirdre Dyson designs which illustrate Bauhaus principles of form and colour, here’s what we’ve found.
The hand knotted carpets create connection in what would otherwise feel a vast space. Each background is in the same coloured Tibetan wool (a neutral grey) and the bar detail on each use the same selection of Chinese silks (six in total) comprising a dramatic cobalt blue, beiges and silver greys.
The easy option would have been to use the same rug design in each area but Deirdre has cleverly used the same colour palette and similar design components in very different ways so the carpets reference each other but each stands alone as a unique design.
As you enter the salon, the music/library area features a bordered carpet edged with alternately sized vertical bars to allow space for the dramatic large circular coffee table in the centre (cleverly connecting with the curved staircase and marble in the hallway)
The classic ATTITUDE carpet, a signature rug design, which clients gravitate towards again and again, centres the TV area, topped by an Yves Klein coffee table, which Deirdre referenced when selecting the blue of the blue silk bars on each design.
In the seating area, which focuses on the specular views of the New York skyline, the final design, MOVING BARS, features a border of horizontal bars which loosen and ‘escape’ towards the centre, where another Yves Klein coffee table sits, partnering the one at the other side of the room.
These three carpets create a suite of designs that quietly connect the three areas in this vast space and link together in a subtle and harmonious way.
Deirdre Dyson has unveiled her finished oil on canvas featuring bulrushes, a painting which will eventually hang in the Cancer Care Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath which is currently being rebuilt and is due to open to patients in 2023.
The inspiration of rushes in the lake for this detailed painting also gave rise to the carpet of the same name, hand knotted and graded in a silk/wool mix with silk rushes.
The intricately wrought painting includes further organic motifs favoured by Deirdre and seen in her rug designs, including leaves (seen in SCATTERED LEAVES , FALLING LEAVES and WINDSWEPT) stones featured in designs such as GRAPHIC PEBBLE, grasses (RIBWORT PLANTAIN and HAIRY SEDGE) together with water utilised in designs such as LILYPOND, SEA WASH, SEA MIST and SEASCAPE and scattered sticks (seen in carpet designs like ATTITUDE and SCATTER).
This sublime work gives a real understanding of the link between Deirdre’s artworks and her carpet designs and the clear connection between the two disciplines.
Deirdre Dyson is one of the exclusive brands selected by Rinck Paris for their curated collaboration At Home with a Connoisseur #chezunconnoiseur, a space filled with the best of contemporary art and design selected by Rinck in collaboration with tastemaker, and Deirdre Dyson French representative, Julia Van Hagen.
Having recently opened a showroom in nearby rue des saints-pères, Rinck selected two of Lady Dyson’s rug designs from this year’s LOOKING GLASS Collection – the bold and graphic SLIVERS and vibrant, organic TRANSPARENT, both hand knotted in Nepal in the finest Tibetan wool and Pure silk.
The curated space includes the latest addition to Rinck’s Félicité collection, a monumental bronze ceiling light, suspended above a table from the same collection. This is juxtaposed with a period 1940s sideboard, typical of a late Art Deco style that brought the house such success in the post-war period. Above the sideboard are a further two wall lights from the Félicité collection, uniting these two Rinck designs separated by seven decades of history.
Facing this sideboard, Savannah Bay Gallery contributed contemporary stools by the Zieta Prozessdesign Studio, home of Polish architect Oskar Zieta. Constructed in sculptural stainless steel with the studio’s Heat finish, they are an inspiring combination of technological innovation and contemporary design. This Paris gallery, always on the lookout for truly dedicated designers, also supplied two table lamps in laminated dichroic glass, the work of Buzao Studio.
The interior was painted by the skilled artisans of Argile and features two of the Paris specialists’ custom shades, Atelier Red and Scala, creating the perfect bold backdrop for the beautiful objets on view.
The exclusive wallpaper is from celebrated English company Fromental, “The Classicist Sketchbook” is a collaborative new design, inspired by full-scale sketches from Rinck’s design archive.
To enhance the space imagined by Rinck, Julia Van Hagen chose a series of potent modern works, with a photograph by Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil, a mixed-media work by New York painter Borden Capalino, a canvas painted in malachite ink by Californian Matthew Brandt and a painting by Jonathan Monk.
This unmissable design event, co-inciding with Paris Design Week takes place from 3rd – 24th September at 21 Rue Bonaparte in Paris by appointment. To arrange your visit please contact email@example.com or take an in-depth virtual tour here!