If you like us at Dotmaison are are fans of Orla Kiely‘s designs, be it her women’s fashion, her bags or her homeware, be prepared for a treat. Ireland’s foremost textile designer has just published her first book, Pattern.

Dominated with her recognisable style, Pattern is a beautiful book featuring 304 pages of fabulous design. Split in to six chapters, the book is illustrated with many examples of Orla’s work, along with inspirational images that have shaped her style. Giving a personal account of what informs her work and inspires her designs; Orla looks at pattern in all its manifestations – the impact of scale and proportion, rhythm and texture and the all-important dimension of colour. The result is a visual treasure and a thoughtful guide to using pattern with flair and confidence.

The chapters include PRACTICE: Orla’s career from art school to the Royal College and the growth of her label into an international brand, INSPIRATION: detail about Orla’s inspiration from artists and Scandinavian design to mid-century modern style plus her advice on how to develop a creative eye for colour, shape and form, COLOUR: Orla details how incredibly powerful it is in her design, how it connects with our moods and feelings, PRINT: the powerfulness of pattern adding rhythm and movement to the sensory experience of colour and texture, TEXTURE & FORM: Orla describes what texture brings to pattern, how it grounds print in the real material world of touch, weight and volume, and HOME: decorating and furnishing a home – Orla looks at how creating surroundings that have character and personality is satisfying, rewarding and meaningful.

This is a beautiful book that is both autobiographical and inspirational.

September 13th, 2010

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