Inspirational interiors: Bethan Gray for Anthropologie
Welsh-designer Bethan Gray opened her studio in 2008 and has gone on to develop luxurious furniture and homeware for some of the most exclusive restaurants, hotels and lifestyle brands around the world. This autumn she has joined forces with Anthropologie to launch a beautiful homes collection. The natural colour palette, zig-zag patterns and scallop-shapes in the Anthropologie collab are borne from the designer’s passion for travel and capturing the spirit of different cultures from around the globe. ‘I started researching Indigenous American cultures and was quickly drawn to the graphic patterns, forms and motifs of the Ancestral and Acoma Puebloans,’ says Gray, ‘They look so contemporary even though they are really ancient.’ The result is a chic, modern collection that blends the best of both brands. Influenced by Native American design, the social media-friendly, 12-piece range ties together Anthropologie’s signature boho aesthetic with Gray’s love of detail, texture and nature.
‘All of my work is about exploring cultural stories and craftsmanship, and bringing that to life in contemporary designs,’ adds the award-winning designer whose ancestors hailed from an ancient Rajasthani clan, a nomadic group that migrated across continents to settle in the heartland of Wales.
Collaboration highlights include the feather bar cabinet – cast in resin from an original hand carving and inspired by the Puebloan feather motif, and I’ve got my eye on the stunning velvet scallop-edged chairs (available in rose pink, midnight blue and grey) – there might just be room for one when we rearrange our bedroom and have a new wardrobe fitted. Be warned: the price points are lower than Bethan Gray own-brand items but this is designer merchandise. Furniture starts at £598 for a Strike Collection chair.
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