If the market’s latest debuts have any lesson to tell, it’s that the design community indeed works better together. From Yinka Ilori’s color-rich tiles with Domus to Sophie Ashby’s transporting fabric collection with Yarn Collective, industry brands across categories are coming together to bring thoughtful new offerings to designers’ tool kits. Looking for the latest in furniture, decor, lighting, and beyond? Meet the industry’s latest dynamic duos.
Yinka Ilori x Domus
British Nigerian artist and designer Ilori has long embraced vivid color and pattern to evoke memory and conjure joy. Glaze and Screen, his duo of geometric made-in-Portugal tiles for Domus, are no exception. Launched this week during Clerkenwell Design Week in London, both iterations pay homage to natural light and Ilori’s heritage through bright shades of green, blue, yellow, orange, and purple. Whereas glossy ceramic Glaze comprises five modular shapes that form various combinations, Screen illuminates abstract motifs screen-printed by hand onto a porcelain base.
Sister by Studio Ashby x Yarn Collective
Mohair, earthy kilim-like stripes, and bouclé incorporating recycled cotton components are the stars of the Jocasta collection, Sister by Studio Ashby’s fabric capsule with Yarn Collective. Hatched by founder and creative director Sophie Ashby, Jocasta is a tribute to the late British writer Jocasta Innes—the idea for the textiles was sparked when Ashby and her family were residing in Innes’s former Georgian-style London abode—and highlights Ashby’s memorable travels taken over the years. Consider Disa, a nod to the orchids growing on South Africa’s Table Mountain woven on jacquard looms, or Afua, a reimagining of Kente cloths that honors the Ghanaian roots of her husband (fashion designer Charlie Casely-Hayford). This summer, all the fabrics will be juxtaposed with new Sister by Studio Ashby furniture, like the hand-carved oak Ellie daybed, in a showcase at Blewcoat, the brand’s London headquarters.