In the faraway land of Trematonia, a castle sits high atop a promontory overlooking the Celtic sea. An heir to the throne once lived here – known as the Black Prince, he was a great knight who had won many a battle armed with his black shield of peace. Two hundred years after the prince’s death, it was a woman who reigned over the land. A queen of supreme power and splendour, she ordered her band of pirates to stash their treasures – hoards of gold, silver and emeralds looted from Spanish ships – in an oubliette hidden deep beneath the castle.

In the faraway land of Trematonia, a castle sits high atop a promontory overlooking the Celtic sea. An heir to the throne once lived here – known as the Black Prince, he was a great knight who had won many a battle armed with his black shield of peace. Two hundred years after the prince’s death, it was a woman who reigned over the land. A queen of supreme power and splendour, she ordered her band of pirates to stash their treasures – hoards of gold, silver and emeralds looted from Spanish ships – in an oubliette hidden deep beneath the castle.

Though no soul dared to cross the fearsome queen, she nonetheless tasked a witch with casting a spell over the castle to keep bandits from stealing back the jewels. And so the witch conjured a forest of thorny roses surrounding the motte, enchanting the stems so that each year the forest grew taller and denser. But as the castle became obscured by the wooded gloom, it began to fall into ruins… and the riches within were lost.

Though no soul dared to cross the fearsome queen, she nonetheless tasked a witch with casting a spell over the castle to keep bandits from stealing back the jewels. And so the witch conjured a forest of thorny roses surrounding the motte, enchanting the stems so that each year the forest grew taller and denser. But as the castle became obscured by the wooded gloom, it began to fall into ruins… and the riches within were lost.

If you were to find a way through those impenetrable brambles now, you would discover that wildlife has taken hold of the castle. There are creatures here you wouldn’t imagine: lions prowling, snakes writhing and leopards skulking amongst the overgrown foliage and medieval ramparts. At night, bats screech and soar through the sky whilst down in the moat croaks an army of frogs. But that’s not all. Legend has it that a bewitched dragon guards the drawbridge to the castle, as winged beasts scale its towers and keep watch like gargoyles. The villagers of Trematonia claim the monsters breathe clouds of fire that ignite the wildflowers and toadstools lining the mount, so that the hilltop glows in vivid shades that can be seen from miles away. And on a full moon, the villagers say you can even hear the howls of those beasts as they engage in a duel. 

If you were to find a way through those impenetrable brambles now, you would discover that wildlife has taken hold of the castle. There are creatures here you wouldn’t imagine: lions prowling, snakes writhing and leopards skulking amongst the overgrown foliage and medieval ramparts. At night, bats screech and soar through the sky whilst down in the moat croaks an army of frogs. But that’s not all. Legend has it that a bewitched dragon guards the drawbridge to the castle, as winged beasts scale its towers and keep watch like gargoyles. The villagers of Trematonia claim the monsters breathe clouds of fire that ignite the wildflowers and toadstools lining the mount, so that the hilltop glows in vivid shades that can be seen from miles away. And on a full moon, the villagers say you can even hear the howls of those beasts as they engage in a duel. 

On giving those creatures the slip and venturing closer to the keep, you’d unearth treasures of an entirely different kind: the castle’s gardens. At the heart of it all lies a secret walled garden that has remained locked for centuries. Yet, if you were to clamber up its crumbling walls, you would encounter a wild tangle of fantasy flowers – honeysuckle, tulips, daffodils and primroses – blooming in mysterious beauty. Elsewhere on the grounds you may even catch a glimpse of a ghostly figure... this is the spirit of Mistress Mary, the widowed noblewoman who, in the castle’s golden age, tended to its gardens with great affection – and even crafted mosaics based on the forms of the poppies, lilies and thistles that flourished on the mount. After all this time, her presence still quietly haunts the meadows as a trail of butterflies flutters in the spectre’s wake.

Despite the witch’s spell lingering with such enduring potency, the crone foretold that one day a new king and queen would come to rescue the castle and lay claim to all its treasures. Armed with the sword Excalibur, prised from the stone into which it had been cast on the isle of Avalon, the king would be the one to at last hack through the forest of thorns and tame the beasts beyond. Whereas the queen, who counted the famed sorceress Serpentine amongst her aides, was gifted in the art of magic – and so she would unlock the secret garden and harness the supernatural power of the blooms wherein, concocting healing potions from the sprigs and foliage. And together, the king and queen would restore the castle to its former glory – dressing it in such fineries as to reclaim its title as the grandest fortress in the land.

 

When that time comes, a new tale will unfold. You see, this isn’t ever after – it’s only the beginning…

Despite the witch’s spell lingering with such enduring potency, the crone foretold that one day a new king and queen would come to rescue the castle and lay claim to all its treasures. Armed with the sword Excalibur, prised from the stone into which it had been cast on the isle of Avalon, the king would be the one to at last hack through the forest of thorns and tame the beasts beyond. Whereas the queen, who counted the famed sorceress Serpentine amongst her aides, was gifted in the art of magic – and so she would unlock the secret garden and harness the supernatural power of the blooms wherein, concocting healing potions from the sprigs and foliage. And together, the king and queen would restore the castle to its former glory – dressing it in such fineries as to reclaim its title as the grandest fortress in the land.

 

When that time comes, a new tale will unfold. You see, this isn’t ever after – it’s only the beginning…

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TREMATONIA

Hand-illustrated in a style reminiscent of ancient tapestries, this playful motif depicts the wildlife of the fictional land of Trematonia. Think turtles, leopards, owls and peacocks, prowling amongst Cornish foliage and castle ramparts.

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FLORA DELANICA

In collaboration with the British Museum, House of Hackney has honoured the pioneering craft of Mary Delany by composing our own collages from Delany’s intricate paper mosaics. FLORA DELANICA is a large-scale print of poppies, lilies and Passiflora Laurifolia, with a focus on the flowers’ linear stems, while HERBARIUM carefully arranges buttercups, daisies, thistles and foliage, topped with our characterful additions of bugs and butterflies.

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HERBARIUM

In collaboration with the British Museum, House of Hackney has honoured the pioneering craft of Mary Delany by composing our own collages from Delany’s intricate paper mosaics. FLORA DELANICA is a large-scale print of poppies, lilies and Passiflora Laurifolia, with a focus on the flowers’ linear stems, while HERBARIUM carefully arranges buttercups, daisies, thistles and foliage, topped with our characterful additions of bugs and butterflies.

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HONEYSUCKLE

An Arts and Crafts print originally designed by William Morris in 1876, this enchanting tangle of flowers has now been recoloured by House of Hackney in our signature shade of ‘Petrol’ with hints of amethyst.

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SATURNALIA

A hexagonal patchwork that bonds the mystical motifs of ‘Trematonia’ with House of Hackney’s famous florals, from AVALON to BLACKTHORN.

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TULIPA

An archive design from the Victorian era, the darkly romantic TULIPA is reborn once more for AW20 – its large sprigs of hand-painted tulips, primroses and ferns evocative of the ingredients gathered in spell casting.

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PHANTASIA

A fantastical motif of dragons and other mythical winged beasts amongst stylised clouds of colour, florals and toadstools.

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INSPIRATION

A Corner of Paradise

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INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN
INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook. A snug away from the main action where you can curl up in a comfy chair and hit pause, if only for a moment. In a room where absolutely everything and anything goes, this is truly where the magic happens.

INSPIRATION

A Corner of Paradise

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras, hand-painted porcelain candle pots and treasured keepsakes you’ll have picked up on your travels.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras.

A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more worthy.

The last few pieces of the puzzle are the myriad layers and textures that make a space so inviting. Think a coffee table stacked with books and tactile cushions in an intriguing mix of shapes, sizes and patterns – all things which are easy to move around until you find a combination that appeals to you. A mantelpiece, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is even more swoon-worthy with the addition of eye-catching candelabras.

Is living in a white-painted box driving you up the wall?

Made from wood pulp sourced from FSC-certified trees, complete with added textile fabrics for strength and stability, our wallpaper is PVC-free and produced using the eco-friendliest methods available.

 

“We will never stop fighting for this planet, for ourselves, our future and for the future of our children and grandchildren.”

- Greta Thunberg, Environmental Activist

INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN