Barometer: design

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Liberty Blodwen Throw, £265,

DrinkUp Bedside Carafe from Folly, £11.95,, tel: 01455 631984

Hector Small Dome Clip Light, £79,

Owl by Cleo, from €24.50 each,

Day Bed One by Another Country, £1790,

Meet the designer

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely’s design career started out, she says, “the traditional way”. She fell for art at school and went on to art college in Dublin. As a student, her interests were quickly swept up in fashion and textiles: “pattern became a passion,” she says, sitting in the corner office of her south London studio.

The brand’s famous stem print is etched into the glass of the building’s windows, the instant signifier of Kiely’s design empire, which began as a “tiny” operation between Kiely and her husband. “We started slowly… I never wanted to put pressure on myself.”

The simple stem design is extremely versatile, appearing on clothes, accessories and in countless cheaper imitations: “It’s flattery, I guess, if people think it’s worth being inspired by. We’re lucky that people still like it,” she says.

Now, the pattern makes playful appearances (lining drawers, on reversible panels) in a newly launched furniture range, Orla Kiely House. The pieces, from 1960s-esque patterned lamps with swivel shelves to hallway benches with drawers (£800), reflect the “cute” functionality of the mid-century period: “Referencing the mid-century is what I love but we were trying to bring a modern angle to it.”

Kiely says of the range, which includes everything from linens to beds: “We’ve tried to make it very us,” and it does have a recognisable Kiely stamp: quirky and colourful but firmly classic, and with probity evident in the way it’s made: “We’ve gone to manufacturers who’ve done a great job; all the bed linen is made in Portugal… I do really want it to be a good product.” More pieces may be added to the line, including garden furniture. “I’ve always loved architecture and interiors, so it was logical and not that difficult for us. My work always managed to go across [the boundaries].”

Orla Kiely House,

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