The New Liberty Prints explained

Saturday 23rd August 2008, 14.25

You can’t have missed the fact that Liberty Prints are everywhere this season; from Gap to Oasis to Nike, the iconic print is inescapable.

The AW08 Collection of Liberty fabrics is inspired by the greats from the Liberty archive. The traditional designs have been rescaled and reinvented to sit on trend with the Liberty customer of 2008. The colour directions were taken from five National Trust properties, before the team hit the drawing board for the start of the design process, creating inspirational mood boards. The excerpts below have been taken directly from the boards put together for the collection this season.

2 Willow Road – 1939

“Pupose built for a better way of living” – Erno Goldfinger, a Hungarian architect, designed and built his modern family home adhering to the modernist principles.  Sparse, simple and modern – decor and objects were selected to reflect the personality of the owner. Willow Road is an intriguing insight to the recent past – modern day life in the 1940′s.


A rich Jacobean interior created by author and owner Rudyard Kipling. Look no further than a study…walls lined with books, artefacts and ornaments collected on global travels, working tools – typewriter, ink, seals and script. Kipling and his wife created an interior to compliment their home and reflect the author’s sources of inspiration.

Uppark – Georgian Splendour

Designed by William Talisman, the rich interior is a reflection of a gracious lifestyle. A glorious “Georgian” renovation was completed in the 1750′s and the home furnished with exquisite pieces collected during a “grand tour”. Uppark inspires a rich warm palette of colour, from the palest of Powder Pink to the rich intensity of “Purple Braid” – highlights of Porcelain and Gold Leaf.

Wightwick – 1887, “Arts & Crafts” Interior

Owner Theodore Mander created a colourful and inviting interior inspired by the arts and crafts movement. Exquisite details – pattern, design and colour, Wightwick was designed for maximum “picturesque” effect. A palette of “Arts & Crafts” Blue with soft warm highlights of Ceramic Glaze.

Osterley - Stately Grandeur

In 1761, Adams completed a full renovation of this imposing stately home. Drawing on his skills and appreciation of “classical antiquity” gained in Italy during the 1750′s. Adams created a “cool, classic” interior. His success quickly marked him as the new leader on the London fashion scene. From Osterley we create an icey cool collection of strong winter pastels; Stucco, Ceiling Rose, Corinthian and Nymph.

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  1. James Cox says:

    Love the kipling. already looking forward to making my own prints!

  2. Dear, dear Liberty people:

    What happened to Mitsi?! Please bring her back! We need her!!!

    Love, the unreliable narrator

  3. Nelly says:

    I really love these patterns. Hope to see more interesting patterns in the future. I love bright colors and sun colors. The brighter patters and colors, the better for me.

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