Decorex 2013: Kensington Palace

Decorex International Luxury Design show has a new venue, Kensington Palace, new talent, Mitas & Co and new passion for interiors illustration in the form of textiles and wallpaper. Over 300 exhibiting brands, which celebrate a range of diverse styles, are embracing the theatre of stand design for four days only. But there was one devoted designer in particular who caught my attention above all the others for her bold display of vintage inspired pen and ink illustration in the arena of textiles and wallpaper printing. She designs and produces her products in the UK and works two jobs to be able to pursue her passion.

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I wanted to know more about this inspiring and dedicated lady, where did she find her niche and how is she building her very own unique brand. Rachael Mitas studied a range of creative courses including Sculpture in Ohio, Jewellery Design at Central St. Martins and Retail Interiors at the London College of Communication. She regularly visits design shows to find inspiration and new talent to collaborate with and Alice Thompson, a Camberwell graduate, swiftly became her illustrator-muse. The handsome Cockerel wallpaper design has become one of Mitas & Co’s signature pieces. Alice has delicately crafted this Cockerel design in fluid and graceful pen and ink, her bird and fish subjects hark back to her travels in Eastern Africa and Buenos Aires.

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Once the Mitas & Co artists have finished the line work Rachael actually colours the designs herself in Photoshop before sending the patterns to her wallpaper and textile printers in Surrey. With an eye for design herself she even created her art-deco logo. She likes her colours to draw on vintage English palettes but adds flashes of neon in the trimmings; she also offers a bespoke service, which caters to the sometimes weird, but generally wonderful requests of her clients. To operate her business in a sustainable and profitable mode, she produces to order and allows her artists a direct cut of the sales of their designs to reward their craftsmanship and compensate their invaluable contribution to her business and vision for showcasing edgy design in interiors.

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Another design duo that stood out were Miss Print, this family business produce beautifully designed, contemporary wall-coverings, fabrics and interior accessories, all originating from hand drawn illustrations. They love making patterns and designs, which originate from nature. They find beauty in the simple, organic lines, shapes, color and texture of the floral and leafy English countryside. I also loved the design-led lighting of David Hunt who uses a resin-based process to produce an eclectic mix of traditional, rustic lighting solutions with commercial appeal. They are inspired by the rugged Cornish coastal landscape to utilize a variety of textures and finishes with an emphasis on the natural world.