Embrace Timeless Elegance: Introducing the Vintage Florals Collection in Collaboration with the V&A Museum

Surface View Blog / 03 Aug 2023

Step into a world of timeless elegance and botanical beauty with our latest capsule collection in collaboration with the prestigious V&A Museum, ‘Vintage Florals’. This exquisite capsule collection draws inspiration from the rich heritage of floral designs found within the museum's extensive archives. Each item in this collection is meticulously crafted to bring a touch of natural splendour to your interior spaces. In this blog post, we will uncover the enchanting allure of vintage floral designs and explore how you can incorporate these pieces to create stunning visual narratives in your home.

Transforming Your Walls

One of the most impactful ways to incorporate vintage floral designs into your interior is through wallpaper murals. These large-scale prints breathe life into any room, creating a captivating focal point. From the living room to the bedroom, choose a mural that complements your existing decor and watch as your walls come to life with nature's richness.

‘Chrysanthemums’ is based on a beautiful furnishing fabric of printed cotton produced in England at the end of the 19th century. Its fresh floral motifs are representative of the Victorian taste for decorative designs inspired by nature, as an escape from the effects of the era’s widespread industrialisation. 

‘Spiers Poppies’ is based on a watercolour and pencil drawing with yellow flowers and undulating foliage that was originally designed for wallpaper, at the end of the 19th century. The pattern was created by designer and landscape painter Charlotte Horne Spiers, a Victorian artist celebrated for her beautiful floral illustrations. 

Artistry on Display

For a statement piece that adds depth and texture to your interior, the addition of canvas prints is an ideal choice. Whether it's a single, oversized canvas or a collection of complimentary smaller ones, these floral designs will make a stunning visual impact. Hang them above your seating area or as a centrepiece above a fireplace to create an alluring ambience that transports your own secret garden.

‘The inspiration for ‘Spiers Chrysanthemums’ came from a white flower watercolour and pencil drawing that was made for wallpaper at the end of the 19th century. Charlotte Horne Spiers, a Victorian designer and landscape painter known for her exquisite floral designs, designed the pattern. 

‘Holden Peony’ is based on a drawing made in the 1840s by British artist Samuel Holden, a prolific painter of exotic flora. Holden researched most of his subjects in the private collections of Victorian plant lovers and collectors, in an era when botany was considered highly fashionable. 

Functional Beauty

Vintage floral designs are not limited to wall art alone. Imagine the soft, diffused light streaming through a roller blind adorned with delicate blooms. These functional pieces not only provide privacy and shade but also infuse your space with a touch of nature's grace. Customisable to fit your windows perfectly, roller blinds are a practical yet enchanting addition to any room.

Based on a late-19th-century watercolour and pencil image of lush pink blossoms and green foliage intended for wallpaper, ‘Spiers Peonies’ is a depiction of peonies. The Victorian artist known for her exquisite flower drawings and who also designed and painted landscapes, Charlotte Horne Spiers, was the creator of the pattern.

Discover Vintage Florals From the V&A

The Vintage Florals capsule collection, created in collaboration with the V&A Museum, offers a captivating journey into the world of timeless botanical beauty. With a range of options from wallpaper murals to art prints, canvas, roller blinds, and window films, you can effortlessly infuse your interior with the nostalgic charm of vintage florals. Whether you desire a statement piece or a subtle touch, these designs will create a serene and captivating ambience, transforming your home into a sanctuary of natural elegance. Explore the collection and embark on a journey that seamlessly blends history, art, and interior design.

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