Tricia guild and Designers Guild are celebrating 50 years of Interior Design this year…
So how are you? How are you coping with working from or staying at home? Today I’m sharing a new interior book review with you, what better way to occupy your ‘down time’ than with books. This one is close to my heart and has a personal back story linked to it. A rich and evocative interior design book by Tricia Guild who is celebrating 50 years of Designers Guild. It is called ‘Out of The Blue’ and I can highly recommend it if like me you are an interiors geek!
This book was gifted as a review copy, all words and opinions are my own. See my Disclosure and privacy page for more information.
Tricia Guild and my personal backstory…
In 1993 I began saving up for a deposit to put down on my first property, a flat in Brighton. That same year I discovered Tricia Guild and Designers Guild, my opinion of interiors was changed forever! I fell hard and fast in love with her design ethos, her colour palettes, her prints and oh those textiles! I avidly devoured the catalogues of the time, I wish I had saved them.
Having grown up in the 70’s with cream anaglypta papered walls (remember those bits that you could pick off) Then in the 80’s I lived in rented accommodation, most of it grotty. By 1995 I had saved a deposit and was ready to buy my own flat, a huge moment in anyone’s life, let alone a single 30 something!
By 1995 I had saved a deposit and was ready to buy my own flat, a huge moment in anyone’s life, let alone a single 30 something!
Tricia Guild & Designers Guild 1995-6
So in 1995 where did I turn to to for inspiration to decorate my new flat? Yes you guessed it. Tricia Guild and Designers Guild, I even have the original 1996 Elle decoration that Tricia Guild guest edited…
Around this time in the mid 90’s Designers Guild were showing walls washed with a deep blue pigment. Soft furnishings and textiles with a heavy Moroccan influence, sat beside these colours like bright jewels. I was hooked…such a contrast to the interiors I had known before.
I even have the original 1996 Elle decoration that Tricia Guild guest edited in 1996…
Why I love this book…
Not only because it reminds me of my first flat and decorating attempts. I later used that deep blue on the alcoves of my bedroom wall. This book is full of energy, it is joyous to flick through or to sit and turn the pages slowly, breathing in the atmosphere that Tricia Guild created and is still creating today.
That lady was and is ahead of her time, a unique talent, Tricia Guild has led Designers Guild through 50 years of colour and textiles and she is still the top of my inspiration list!
Tricia showed people how to put the different elements of a room together; how colour, pattern, texture and form can combine to create a harmonious space.
Tricia Guild & the ‘Out Of The Blue’ Exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
Linking in with the book, you may be interested to know there is an exhibition offering unique access to Designers Guild’s archive, with never before displayed original designs and art work. I plan on visiting this exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London as soon as life regains some normality, how about you?
(The exhibition has closed until May)
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: ACC Art Books; 01 edition (5 Mar. 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1788840747
- ISBN-13: 978-1788840743
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