Pattern by Orla Kiely

“Pattern is not a trend for me, to be taken up one minute and abandoned the next when the winds of fashion change. Pattern is in me. Pattern is my life.” – Orla Kiely, Designer.
And what a beautiful life it is!
Precision, beauty, consistency and innovation… we wouldn’t expect anything less from exceptionally successful designer Orla Kiely. Pattern is a beautifully presented hardback, perfect coffee table material.

Kiely started out designing bags but quickly realised she was onto a good thing with her iconic stem print pattern. She now designs clothing, homeware and stationery. The brand is synonymous with pattern and the highlight of this book is the print gallery: 36 pages full of colourful patterns designed for the Tate Galleries, various Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter collections, fragrance packaging, Puffin Designer Classic book range and Homeware collections.

Alongside the familiar multi-colour stem print are more unusual designs like Garden Tortoise Print in Strawberries and Cream or the striking Acorn Cup print. The print gallery is flanked either side by part-autobiographical, wholly inspirational chapters (Life, Inspiration, Colour, Collections, and Home) on Kiely′s approach to the creative process. Naturally all have plenty of perfectly composed visual gems throughout; think mood boards, campaign posters and styled shoots.

As interesting as it is aesthetically appealing, Pattern is my new favourite beautiful book.

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