SPOTLIGHT ONORLA KIELY
Spotlight on Orla Kiely
Jennifer Morgan,-Interiors Editor

IT’S BOLD, BIG ON RETRO PATTERN AND EVEN APPEARS ON CHOCOLATE BOXES WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE NEW EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS BY ORLA KIELY

Few designers are as instantly recognisable as Orla Kiely, OBE, otherwise known as the ‘queen of prints’. Her bold, playful designs have graced cushions, bed linen and – of course – handbags, but with her new exclusive collaboration for John Lewis & Partners + Orla Kiely  her pattens have found a some new homes.

‘I’m so keen to see the prints translated onto new product types,’ says Orla. ‘We’ve created an exclusive range of prints and have even used them on lighting and food gifts, such as boxes of truffles, something we’ve never released before now.’

Spotlight on Orla Kiely

Table lamp, £75

Spotlight on Orla Kiely

Curtains, from £54; cushions, from £40

The idea for such a collaboration came about after Partners & Head Buyers Anna Rigby and Anna Berry visited Orla’s Life In Pattern exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum, London, where they saw the breadth of prints from the Orla Kiely archive. ‘Both of the Annas were keen to see more of our archive and see how we could translate these designs for John Lewis & Partners,’ says Orla. ‘It felt like such a great opportunity to showcase our products to a range of customers – old and new. I really hope when people see the designs they find something uplifting, refreshing, and also perhaps a little unexpected from the Orla Kiely brand.’

Spotlight on Orla Kiely

Use the prints and pops of colour to experiment and bring a little burst of joy into your home

Orla Kiely,-Designer

In this new collection, you’ll find Orla’s trademark prints on bed linen, cushions, tablelinens, ceramics, rugs and more. ‘I really want to have a strong representation across all things home,’ says Orla, ‘I loved being able to design lamps and shades within the collaboration.’

Orla’s very excited to see the pieces displayed together too – and it’s going to make quite an impact, with its clashing retro colours creating a sense of nostagia and ‘comforting familarisation’ that people love to connect with. Her favourite piece? Well she’s torn: ‘I’d have to pick three,’ she says. ‘I love the exclusive Flower Tile print rug, the Sausage Dog tea towel – he’s just so cute – and the turquoise and olive Flower Tile cushion.’

Spotlight on Orla Kiely

Kitchen linens, launching soon

Spotlight on Orla Kiely

Storage jars, £25 each; set of three cake tins, £35

Lisa Cherry, Partner & Buyer, Bathshop, is really excited about John Lewis & Partners + Orla Kiely, too. ‘After initiating discussions 18 months ago, we are delighted to launch our home collaboration with Orla, a brand we know our customer loves,’ she says. ‘The collaboration – which involved nine buying teams here at John Lewis & Partners – reflects our shared love of bold colour and a strong graphic style. I personally love the new lighting as well as the delicious truffles which are part of the new gift food range.’

Spotlight on Orla Kiely

Yellow bed linen, from £25; grey bed linen, from £25; cushions, £40 each; lampshade, from £45

Spotlight on Orla Kiely

Bags, launching soon

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