Above image: Luke Edward Hall with the Lyres fabric from his capsule collection for Rubelli.
For the English artist and designer Luke Edward Hall, an invitation to delve into the archives of the historic Venetian textile house Rubelli led to moments of joyful discovery. Spanning six centuries and myriad global cultures, the trove of 7,000 fabric samples—from fragile Chinese silk lotus shoes to Gio Ponti’s spotted Punteggiato velvet—is a unique source of inspiration for the makers and creators who pass through. A self-confessed “hoarder” who has amassed his own cache of antique and vintage fragments over the years, Hall found much in the archives to inspire his Rubelli debut, Return to Arcadia. The capsule collection is informed by Hall’s passion for classical antiquity and English country gardens, and bursts with pattern and color.
Left to right: The fabrics Antinous (on screen) and Quatrefoil (on chair); a cushion in Gothic Folly; a poetic setting in Hall’s home in the Cotswalds. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
Featuring playful geometric shapes, vibrant chain motifs, and delicate stars, each began life as a series of sketches that were translated onto the loom through Rubelli’s technical wizardry. “I learned a lot during the early stages of working with Rubelli, particularly in relation to the construction of fabrics,” says Hall, whose past projects include posh slippers by Stubbs and Wootton and a collection of ebullient ceramics for porcelain maker Ginori 1735.
This sense of handmade spontaneity is especially evident in fabrics like Rousham, an homage to the stately house and gardens in Oxfordshire, which positively teems with tulips, temples, and statuary in pistachio, pink, and sky blue. It looks lovely on sofas and suits alike—as sported by Hall at his wedding to the designer Duncan Campbell earlier this summer.
Hall’s aesthetic touch points run deep, referencing everything from a 19th-century French wallpaper remnant in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to Emilio Terry’s whimsical tapis for this collection. CEO Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli first became acquainted with Hall’s work through his designs for Ginori 1735, and felt that Hall could bring that same energy to their partnership, noting, “I immediately loved the freshness of his colors as well as his interpretation of antiquity.” The result is a fanciful yet modern take on historical forms that injects a dash of whimsy.
Rubelli is available through Natalie Mize Collective
See Luke Edward hall’s new book A Kind of Magic here.
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