The name game

It’s not unusual to see products named after neighbourhoods or streets, but today we’re heralding a particular version of the phenomena: South London prints. Ahhh South London, a place inspiring a host of descriptions from ‘Dalston without the cunts’ (Vice) to ‘Oh lovely hills of Camberwell, we shall behold you no more in beauty and pride’ (William Blake). And a place that (at least three) designers have immortalised in their own printed work.

Let’s begin the journey in…

New Cross tiles | Deborah Bowness | My Friend's House New Cross. Deborah Bowness named her collection of wallpaper New Cross Tiles and included a Dixon Road, a Lewisham Way (both shown above) and a Laurie Grove. Don’t they look smashing with terrazzo flooring and a pineapple lamp?

Moving round the corner to…  Brockley cross cushion | Thorody | My Friend's House

Brockley Cross. Hand drawn printed textiles and wallpapers by Thorody, ‘with a hint of South East London,’ in their own words. To be honest only the fabric on the light cushion is called Brockley Cross, but I loved the whole ensemble in this picture – worth scooting over to their website for a good root around.

Finally, a bit closer to town and from everyone’s favourite interiors gents…

Camberwell Beauty wallpaper | Mini Moderns

Camberwell. Or as Mini Moderns has it, Camberwell Beauty. And yes, the cane chair didn’t go unnoticed.



5 Responses to “The name game”

  1. Helene
    December 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I like the Camberwell Beauty, the cane chair and the 1970s Tremayne Pottery lamp. I have a matching one (almost, because they are all individual) and are now collector’s items.

    • myfriendshouse
      December 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      It’s amazing you have them and they’ve not been ‘borrowed’ by a loved one in London. Sound smashing. x

  2. Hannah Walker
    December 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Golly, is Deborah Bowness still making printed wallpaper? She’s been doing it for lots of years now. I think I went to art college with her…not sure though, might be making that bit up. I rather like hers and the wallpaper on Brockley Cross.

  3. WallpaperInk
    December 5, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Love the butterfly wallpaper! It’s not too busy and intrusive, but it’s still really interesting.

  4. myfriendshouse
    December 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Jill, re Helene’s comment, I’ve tried to hint my way to ownership of that lamp for years. Nothing doing. Sadly x

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