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Città SS 17/18 | Paradise Found


Recently I attended the preview of the Città SS17/18 collection, Paradise Found. Inspired by Tahiti and her beguiling islands, from the untamed Marquesas to beautiful Bora Bora and dramatic Moorea, this collection evokes the warmth and sensuality of Tahiti’s natural landscapes and people that so captivated French artist Paul Gauguin and American author James Michener. As many of you know, Città is inspired by the world's unique cultures and with each collection, the NZ-based brand shares a global design story. Imogen Tunnicliffe, head of Città Textile and Product design carries out extensive research, including travelling to the destination. I always love hearing her talk about her discoveries and how she and the design team translate this into a beautiful new collection. Every time I attend a launch I leave feeling inspired and excited about the upcoming pieces which include everything from lighting and furniture, through to homewares, textiles and accessories.

The Tahiti preview also included special guest Xanthe White, an award winning landscape designer and author, who shared her secrets on perfecting the imperfect garden. A great fit for the new collection which is inspired by Tahiti's lush tropical valleys, dramatic volcanic cliffs, and mineral green lagoons, all of which provide a kaleidoscope of colour to inspire the season’s palette. Prints evoke a painterly style with swathes of colour in heightened, saturated tones, while simplified shapes and organic forms flow as freely as the rhythms of the islands.

Well-worn organic textures set a relaxed mood, taking shape naturally in unrefined silk, distressed and washed linens, chunky embroidery and substantial hand weaves. Textural basket weaves celebrate traditional techniques, while jute rugs feel cool underfoot and gently massage the feet. There’s a sense of fun at play – from bold bright florals to fluffy embroidery that mimics the kooky forms of coral. And a sense of calm, with the fine bark-like texture of raw silks and soft weight of heavy cottons.

Whether you embrace, or escape the heat, Paradise Found has all the elements to transform your home into a South Pacific hideaway this summer.

Now available in stores and online, take a look here

Images courtesy of Città

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