Behind the design – painterly blot and zulpo

The painterly patterns in the Blot and Zulpo textile and ceramics collections were created by Habitat’s senior design manager, Rebecca Hoyes, in her London studio. They began as watercolours on paper and were transformed into rugs, cushions, throws and plates by some very clever manufacturers. Rebecca talks through her process…

‘It’s very important to everyone at Habitat that the designs we create show the hand of the maker and celebrate the human interaction in a piece. So when we were thinking about a new textiles and ceramics collection for this season, it was wonderful to be able to do that through watercolour. All the designs started out on paper, sometimes using really delicate Japanese paper. I stuck with the same rich blues throughout but experimented with scale and shape.

Scale was always key for me, because I wanted people to be able to mix Blot and Zulpo up – huge patterns, with more delicate designs. Brilliant production techniques meant we could replicate the paintings digitally – the results are so close it’s freaky! Whereas before it would be tricky to scale up a design, you can now blow them up to epic proportions. You can see every brush stroke.

I’m really proud that we’ve used a very traditional technique in such a modern way, after all, exploring and pushing techniques is how you create something unique.’

Blot side plate; Blot cereal bowl; Blot pasta plate; Blot mug; Blot rug; Zulpo flatweave rug; Zulpo cushion; Zulpo throw

Go behind the design on more of Habitat’s collections by clicking below…

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