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At House of Hackney, we’ve never met an animal we didn’t like and for spring we invite you to step back in time to a long-lost kingdom where dinosaurs ruled the land. Nostalgic of an ecosystem untouched by humans, our eternal fascination with the natural world – and awareness of its plight – is at the core of this captivating collection.
As a follow up to last season, the collection showcases act two of our collaboration with wallpaper house, Zuber. The ‘Bambusa’ and ‘Khasia’ prints are based on two of Zuber’s most iconic designs and have been given House of Hackney’s typically subversive treatment through revived colour palettes and the inclusion of intertwining snakes, our serpentine symbol of transformation.
In line with a mood for intrepid exploration of the natural world, the season’s protagonist, ‘Dinosauria’, is a print which portrays regal reptiles amidst prehistoric foliage embellishing wallpaper, fabric, cushions and lampshades for an aesthetic that’s at once spirited and sophisticated. Sublime colour palettes put dinosaurs in an unexpectedly graceful light. Our new interiors icon, they symbolise the fragility of the natural world and the need for its safeguarding.
Joining the ‘Saber’ animal family, we introduce you to Iggy (the vegan dinosaur) and Rex. The evolution of house motif ‘Saber’ the tiger manifests as ‘Tigris’, the big cat’s ancient ancestor. Adorning cushions, these characters will bring playful style to a simple sofa or chair. Reimagining traditional lighting, the new Stegosaurus porcelain lampstand and bookends are poised to become heirlooms for future generations.
Other prints include an update on souk-style ‘Zanjan’ in juniper-green and ecru, and ‘Serpentis’, a shimmering snakeskin print appointed as the new neutral. The perfect foil to our intricately colourful prints, it will bring timeless chic to any room.
Incorporating hues drawn from the earth such as turmeric, plaster pink and dusk, the collection’s tranquil yet rich colour scheme brings nature’s serene colour palette into the home. A celebration of the artistry and irreverent sensibility House of Hackney has become known for, discover ‘Dinosauria’…
The 19th century townhouse, 18 Stafford Terrace in London’s Kensington, was the location for our spring / summer campaign. Once the home of ‘Punch’ cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion and their two children, each room has been preserved to give a rare and fascinating insight into daily Victorian life.
Decorated in the style of the highly decorative ‘Aesthetic Movement’ of the period, the house embodies so much of what House of Hackney celebrates in its own designs making it the perfect backdrop to our new-season collection. Original William Morris wallpaper adorns the walls, trinkets collected from travels in China, Japan and the Middle East cover every surface and a sense of bringing the outdoors inside is felt through a water garden (an indoor aquarium with a fountain).
“We have lived in this house ever since we were married, and it has taken years to accumulate whatever treasure we possess. What you see is the very best. That has been my principle throughout; not to buy anything but what was really good. But it has taken time to accumulate,” said Edward Linley Sambourne when interviewed in 1893.
This sentiment mirrors House of Hackney’s own thoughts around slowly investing in homewares over time, choosing pieces that resonate, are of exceptionally high quality and that are future heirlooms.