Bethan Gray is used to taking a hint from other cultures – her previous collections have looked to the Islamic world and the architecture of Oman for inspiration. The Welsh designer is also a prolific collaborator – John Lewis, Crate & Barrel, and Editions Milano are among those who have received the benefits of her expertise. This September, her latest partner are presenting a new collection for which Gray was inspired by ancient Native American cultures, and it couldn't be more of-the-moment.
The Puebloan culture existed in the southwestern United States for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, and is particularly famous for the brick villages built on the mesa in New Mexico, which are some of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US. The most visible Puebloan influence in the new collection comes from the feather pattern that decorates the cabinet and coffee table, and pops up ladyfinger-style on the back of the chairs. The side tables also feature a a characteristic zigzag pattern reminiscent of Native American decoration.
With a soothingly millennial palette of dusty pink and mint green, and marble, brass and velvet galore, the collection is an excellent fit with Anthropologie's feminine, Instagram-friendly style. Its launch will coincide with the London Design Festival, and to celebrate, Anthropologie will be holding an in-conversation event on the 18th September with lifestyle journalist Fiona McCarthy and Bethan Gray.
Scroll down to see the full collection, and check it out in stores this autumn...