Curious Trends


Exotic flora and fauna in decorative art and interiors

There’s been a floral trend going on in fashion for quite a while. This season, interiors and decorative art are leading the way with more exotic flora and fauna. Botanical prints, unusual butterflies and bugs, serpents and uncommon species of plant and flower are starting to appear. Bright colours and bold designs are being seen, alongside detailed prints on fabrics and innovative new surfaces.

Flora and fauna inspired home accessories are increasingly being displayed curiosity cabinet style. Crustaceans and coral sit alongside hand painted ceramics and found objects. Giant shells are especially sought after as decorative objets d’art for gardens and outdoor spaces. Indoors, silk flowers are becoming ever more luxuriant and painterly.

Luxury brands are using artisan techniques to create individual interior pieces,like velvet sofas featuring oversized flower corsages and leaf designs.

Missoni’s filigree effect, nature inspired lampshades and colourful butterfly fabric.

At the more arty end of the spectrum there are supersized crocheted bugs, Alain Mailland’s Sola Rosa and Kate Malone’s distinctive ceramic interpretations of nature.

Decorative screens are back in fashion: Georgina Brett Chinnery’s Flora and Fauna collection employs classical techniques of leather carving, as seen on this screen.

This amazing appliquéd leather floral screen was spotted at Liberty – as were these more traditional Aesthetic movement sunflower panels.

Painted glass plates have also been noticed – like Botanica by Ulla Forsell, seen at this year’s Collect craft exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery. Exotic floral wallpaper designs from vintage catalogues are being replicated and recreated.

Floral fabrics in the style of vintage botanical engravings are clearly on the up. Svenskt Tenn’s designs are particularly vibrant.

More traditional floral prints are also in evidence, as on these cushion fabrics at

Flower shows and florists are also displaying more exotic varieties of flower. Here are some curious examples spotted out and about:

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