In 1995, découpage artist John Derian opened his first shop on New York’s East 2nd Street. An emporium of curiosities, including his own whimsical découpage plates, paperweights and lamps, as well as furniture, lighting and art, the shop has always caught the eye of the design savvy. One early admirer was founder Tricia Guild. ‘She was my eighth customer,’ recalls John. ‘She bought some coloured chairs and shipped them back to England.’ Tricia decided to stock John's creations at Designers Guild. ‘I immediately loved his work,’ she says. ‘His pieces are quite traditional, using old botanical prints, but they are also very contemporary. We share a similar colourful and decorative aesthetic.’
John and Tricia have now joined forces on a collection of wallpapers, fabrics and cushions for Designers Guild. A year in the making, the Picture Book range includes 11 colourful designs, which are bedecked with the sort of subjects you would expect from John: birds, butterflies, flowers, shells and trees.
The ‘Flora and Fauna’ design is a collage of illustrations that fans may recognise from John’s découpage. Other designs, such as ‘The Rose’ and ‘Variegated Azalea’, feature blown-up versions of antique prints from John’s extensive library, many of which were beautifully reproduced in John Derian Picture Book (, £60). This book, published two years ago, prompted the range with Designers Guild. ‘When I saw all my favourite images in one book, I knew there was potential for something larger,’ explains John. The aim was to retain the essence of the original prints, so John and Tricia decided to digitally print the designs. ‘We did not want to lose any of the marks and this was a precise way of recreating them,’ says Tricia.
Prices start at £65 a metre for fabric and £65 for a 10-metre roll of wallpaper. |