March witnessed a sumptuous release of new product by Designs of the Time as well as a creative installation collaboration for Melbourne Design Week. Sarah Fox caught up with the creative genius behind Designs of the Time, Yvan and Owen Puylaert, to discuss aspects of their collaboration and the Fuego Collection which blends rich materials and artisanal processes with the quintessential South American colour palette and spirit.
The inspiration behind ‘Fuego’ - an insight from Designs of the Time
Designs of the Time is a brand that exemplifies discreet luxury through tactile and natural textiles. Can you explain briefly how this message encapsulates your brand and range?
Our focus is always on beauty and quality, with a particular interest in finishing processes to celebrate their natural beauty. The simplest constructions can be the most beautiful just in their drape, their touch, or their natural variations. Timelessness and elegance are the result of this dedication to detail.
While curating our collection, we focused on natural fibres such as linen, wool, cotton and hemp. We only source top quality yarns and this, in combination with all the different artisanal crafted processes, creates casual, discrete luxury, tactile and natural fabrics.
Being masters of imperfection reflects this approach as we embrace those little variations and characteristics that make each piece unique.
We invited you to participate in the Melbourne Design Week event Design Unwind, how do the core elements of “Biophilic Design” and “Tactility and Wellbeing” resonate with your approach to textile design?
While curating and designing our collection, we looked at the developments of authentic, and pure, natural and casually crafted materials which fit perfectly with the concepts of this showcase.
The layering of natural fibres and interesting surface textures and weaves can create a sense of harmony at home, making a space where you can relax and unwind. Tactility in the surfaces at home helps to create a cocoon or sanctuary away from the stresses of modern life.
Tell us a little about your latest collection Fuego, its inception and inspiration.
For our latest collection we were inspired by South America, where subtle tones of the earth meet the vivacious lifestyle of the indigenous people.
Soft neutrals and spicy hues of red, green, blue and yellow come together in a unique array of textures for the home. Blends of linen and sustainable hemp make for a breezy feel balanced by rougher, more densely woven qualities to resemble the raw, untreated character of the fabrics.
Innovative additions of pure virgin wool and luxurious velvet embody the soft hearted, untouched aesthetic of the collection.
As always we embrace the sense of imperfection that result from craftsmanship, natural materials and casual untreated looks.
What is your favourite from the range?
One favourite is Milma, it is woven on old velvet looms by craftsmen to obtain this ultra-long pile. This, in combination with using wool from the first sheering of a sheep, results in this extreme tactile experience.
Coming in second is Chunga, which consists of a beautiful wool/linen blend that is finished by a stonewash to result in a soft, raw and textured upholstery fabric.
How do you feel the essence of this collection speaks to the Design Unwind concept?
The use of linen, hemp, virgin wool and wool/linen blends, the casual finishings and our highly tactile textures matched perfectly with the core aspects of Design Unwind. The use of natural materials and the celebration of their unique beauty allows you to connect more closely and deeply with nature.
A fresh and calming palette accented with natural, earth inspired tones fits well with the concepts of Biophilic Design, as well as promoting a positive vibe and sense of wellbeing.