by Marisa Marcantonio

After becoming well-known in the US market for his unique china and crystal collection based on antique designs, British designer William Yeoward has been working away on his true forte, interior design fabrics and furnishings. He has just launched his third book, William Yeoward At Home, and as necessity is the mother of invention, when he cannot find what he is looking for, he creates it. This is the case with his recently launched furniture. As Margaret Thatcher's interior designer, this Brit design leader can move easily between gracious entertaining and room plans. His shop, located at 270 King's Road, is a design emporium that has long been one of my favorite places to go for immediate trends in color and product design. Several years ago, when I was at House Beautiful, design director Doretta Sperduto and I paid a visit to William in his incredible office in the Imperial Laundry in Battersea. It was there that I first got a glimpse of the incredible furniture he had designed. Working in chestnut, mahogany and walnut wood, the case goods and upholstered furniture accents tend to look stronger in the rich, darker finishes, but are available in white as well for a lighter look. Available at select showrooms around the country, such as Atlanta's Grizzel & Mann, DC's EF+LM Showroom and The I.D. Collection in Dallas, I recently got a peek at Profiles showroom in The New York Design Center. I am so pleased it is finally available stateside-- the creative forms and witty silhouettes will add a dose of personality to any room. With railroaded striped fabrics from his new collection the upholstery is really inventive, and the diverse line is a welcome addition.

Photos courtesy of William Yeoward
Cherington Bookcase with Scalloped Top is one of my favorite statement pieces

Arley Mirrored 4 Door Sideboard has classical details updated with clean lines

Marts Chair is a neo wingback

Till Chair with tight back and loose seat has a playful arc on the back

Palmer Chair with maple leg

Launay Cushion Chair with maple leg

Pila Chair is a modified wing chair

Howe Chair with tight seat and back

Conchita Chair with tight back plays on a classic hall chair

Emerald Chair with skirt

Cushion Chair

Smoker Sofa

Christian Sofa with maple leg

Sylvie Curved Sofa

Percy Sofa with maple leg

Kent Sofa with maple leg

Martinez Mirror in chestnut

Platou Mirror in chestnut

Marseilles Slated Elliptical Dining Table

Mereworth Dining Table

Asti Extending Dining Table in walnut with ebony inlay

Menerbes Table

Arman Side Table

Matrix Desk in chestnut

Edward in oak with rosewood

Hyme Chest of walnut

Cateau Desk in chestnut

Barramundi Dining Table in chestnut

William Yeoward's most recent fabric additions from Designer's Guild are in an earthy color palette. They are a creative amalgam of inspiration found traveling through Spain, Argentina Sweden and Norway. Stripes figure prominently, reminiscent of dhurrie rugs and riding saddle blankets with a thick, textural hand and rich color.

The Aranjasa Weaves Collection's Loreta fabric in Aqua in a wool blend

Aranjasa in Sahara

Poppy, wool and linen blend stripe


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Designer's Guild
A digitally printed panel Bosquet, is oversized and breathtaking

From the minute I saw these new fabrics and wallpaper panels from Designer's Guild's Zepherine Collection at the D and D Building's Osborne and Little last spring, reminiscent of stage sets and English country manors, I was taken by their old world, British brooding yet charming impact.

Ornamental Garden, a fabric panel of gigantic urns against a glamorous dark grey background is like nothing else out there. Yes, more is more.

The design is also available in a wallpaper, the hyper realistic flowers and urns set against a background with classic molding. It is fantastic in that Cecil Beaton's English country house way.

The drop repeat of flower filled urns in Rugosa has an unparalleled wow factor to it.

The pastiche collage effect of this Orangerie fabric makes me love it. I could envision it on a chair, in pillows or covering every surface in a small guest bedroom to create an indoor garden.

Palmieri, a grisaille drawing of flower and frond filled classical urns against a bright pop of color is pretty eye catching.

Photo courtesy of Rizzoli
If Tricia Guild's inventive designs and verve for explosive patterns and color intrigues you, then take a look at her newest visual feast,
Colors Patterns and Space from Rizzoli. As Tricia's largest design book, with over 400 photos, the hardbound tome has a vibrant silk binding with woven ribbon details. If you are familiar with her vast King's Road emporium, then you know she has a mesmerizing way with color pairings and design.