We are excited to announce our luxury furniture collection collaboration with Matthew Williamson. As one of the world’s most iconic designers, we have always admired Matthew Williamson and his design handwriting, forever inspired by the stories he tells through his stunning designs and in awe of his presence within the design world.
Matthew’s influences around nature and travel particularly intrigue us in terms of the detailing, beauty and colour that he captures within his designs. The combination of joy and personality that he introduces into spaces through his interior design projects is in synergy with our beliefs, embracing individuality.
Matthew’s prints are stunningly captivating when translated onto the collection, each print being a conversation starter in its own right.
We are delighted to have launched this beautiful luxury furniture collection to the world, and wanted to tell you the stories around the collaboration in the following interview.
What inspired the collaboration?
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON: I wanted to work with a new medium to use within my interior design work so this collaboration was a dream project for me.
The British brand appeals to me as everything is made in England to the highest possible standard, with an emphasis on craftsmanship and attention to detail.
How did the design story unfold?
ROOME LONDON: After an initial creative conversations, Matthew hand-painted from scratch four exquisite prints, all very different in their own right but connected by a thread that allows them to sit together as a spectacular collection.
Drawing on his experiences and inspirations from travel and nature, these prints include the stunning Sunset and Floral Urn which are more like paintings, bringing a point of difference and complementing our key message of bespoke furniture elevated to works of art.
How does furniture differ from other interior projects?
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON: Working with furniture is such a great challenge as these pieces often take centre stage and anchor the room. Combining function and aesthetics is always at the front of my mind when designing and it’s important to get the balance just right. These pieces are meant to last a lifetime so they need to work well from every aspect.
How do you create each print?
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON: When designing prints my ideas usually come from nature. I build a clear idea of the print in my head first and try to imagine the best print possible for the product. I then make a scribble, a sketch or a watercolour to map things out on paper along with researched images or photographs to reference. The printed elements I’m happy with are then neatly and precisely drawn or painted before we turn to the computer to refine and perfect the print working on colourways, scale and a pattern repeat.
Where did you get you inspiration for the print stories?
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON: My inspiration came from imagining each piece in its environment and how it might be used. For my exclusive Tamara Drinks Cabinet I was inspired by the rustic charm of the Cal Deià, with sundowners at sunset and wanted to combine the rugged landscape with rich and jewel-like tones and textures.
For the Barclay Chest of Drawers, I imagined it being a wonderfully decorative and romantic focal point in a bedroom and took inspiration from historical hand-drawn botanical prints from India.
Who do you think these furniture pieces will appeal to?
I’d like to think there’s something for everyone in this collection. I guess overall the pieces would appeal most to lovers of colour, pattern and art looking to create a unique space with high impact and original designs. People looking for well-designed statement pieces to add to their space.
EXPLORE THE FULL MATTHEW WILLIAMSON COLLECTION HERE
If you want to find out more about Matthew's inspiration for our Tamara Drinks Cabinet, Matthew has recently spoken some more about his home in Deià in the Sunday Times Home Section interview where he shared an insight into living in this small and magical coastal village in the Tramuntana mountains of Mallorca, Spain.