Rugs add warmth to your interiors
Recently, I attended a presentation of Designer Rug’s new collection by Sydney based designer Kerrie Brown who is famous for fine art, wallpaper and all sort of printed fabrics.
Have a look at this hand knotted rug called Botanical Graffiti (displayed hanging in the rear).
Could this rug complete your decor?
For questions in regards to decorating your home, contact Robyn Hawke and her team from Inspired Spaces.
If you wish to learn more about Kerrie and where she draws her inspiration from, have a look at the interview with the designer.
Kerrie Brown: from Set Decorator to Wallpaper and Fabric Designer
A huge thank you to Kerrie Brown for taking the time to enthral me and hopefully the reader as we journey into her creative and amazing fabrics and wallpapers. As her website states, “Her bold vision and cheeky sense of fun are evident in all her designs” Each design is fun and an exploration of colour, shape and detail. Kerrie’s experiences and creativity is to be held in awe and helps to understand how she creates these unique products.
How did your business come about?
About three years ago I had just finished a film called the Raven in Serbia starring John Cusack and I was renovating my house in Bondi Beach. I was finding it frustrating trying to find interesting blinds and thought I can’t have a house full of white blinds I’ll go mad !! So I set about working out how to print on blinds and then I became so addicted to the printing process I started printing cushions and the business just took over. I no longer work on film and am completely consumed designing fabrics, wallpapers, cushions, blinds, furniture and etc.
What is one of the best project you have been involved in?
Probably working on Prince Caspian from the Narnia trilogy. This was particularly memorable as I spent a year in Prague working on it. The great thing about working in a different culture is the amazing artisans you are exposed to which take the design on a completely different path than the one you originally imagined. We met a fabulous iron worker who was so brilliant I couldn’t get enough large chandeliers and flaming torches and suits of armour; anything metal was brilliant to me at the time!! Seemed to fit the cold hard personality of the Telmarines. If the film was made in Sydney there is no way I would have dressed the sets in that style.
Are all the products made in Australia?
Yes in Sydney in fact!
How does your company differ from other fabric, lampshade and wallpaper companies?
I think my style is very eclectic which is due to working on movies for over 25 years and I have a camera’s eye to design rather than a textile designer’s eye. The camera loves layer upon layer of pattern and that is how I see the world now. My company also offers a very personalised bespoke service which is not the normal retail experience these days.
What new products are coming out and where can they be used?
I have new designs being released all the time that can be use on fabrics, wallpapers and lampshades. The next range about to be released is based on Japanese Geisha graffiti.
Is there a range in your products that is your favourite?
I’m fickle, so always the latest design is my favourite.
How long have you been producing wallpapers? Is there a definite trend in what people like?
I’ve been producing wallpapers for around two and a half years and I’m definitely seeing people becoming more adventurous in their choices. Where once they would only choose white and grey, they are now reaching out and going for bolder colours and patterns. I think people are seeing wallpapers used more and more in magazines, restaurants and hotels so are wanting to create more interesting environments in their homes as well.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from many sources, not always the same. Fashion is a big influence. I started life as a fashion designer before I worked in movies. Art is another big influence and obviously the many brilliant designers around the world. My designs are very eclectic probably due to my 25 years in film where you go from one design extreme to another, for example: from 1840’s Baltimore to 2050 Lost in Space in a blink of an eye. I tend to design that way too, quickly and randomly. Strangely it all seems to work together. My customers are constantly amazed that cushions you would never imagine would go together do. I love pattern on pattern and so am very attracted to anything that makes a pattern.
Kerrie Brown is located at 9 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra 2025.