Sep 12, 2016
Last but not least of the three exciting new designs we are launching at Decorex 2016 is The Colour Wheel Rug.
Colour has long been the subject of analysis by artists and scientists, and by long convention colours have been arranged with the three primaries equidistant on a wheel, gradually mixing to form intermediate colours. Goethe’s Theory of Colours provided the first systematic study on the physiological effects of colour in 1810, and it includes this beautiful painted example.
Sonya has taken the traditional colour wheel, and given it a contemporary twist. The Colour wheel Rug is made up of energetic swathes of vibrant colour from the whole spectrum, held together in a vortex form. Spinning circles within circles make for a very dynamic, lively piece of art for your floor or wall. In addition to the exciting juxtapositions of hues, Sonya has created further interest with varied pile heights and hand carving, emphasising the sculptural quality of the rug.
The Colour wheel Rug is hand tufted in 100% pure New Zealand wool by GoodWeave weavers and is available exclusively in a variety of different sizes (and custom made from 5sqm / 55sq ft) from Sonya Winner, online or by appointment at by appointment at our New London studio. Or, very soon at Decorex – we hope to see you there!
PS: London's Evening Standard has featured Sonya's new design in its annual feature on the London Design Festival see below:
Sep 1, 2016
For this elegant and sophistocated new piece Sonya was inspired by the facets of a cut gemstone.
Around the edges of the area rug radiate triangles of colours, like the facets of a diamond, reflecting
harmonious colour variations. They lend the rug a wonderful three dimensional quality, enhanced by
the variations in pile height manipulated to add a sculptural dimension to this luxurious rug.
The central panel of the design is a solid block of colour, which looks beautiful unadorned or perfectly accommodates a coffee table or cluster of tables without obscuring the gorgeous design.
Rose Sky has dusty pink and lilac hues, inspired by this year’s Pantone Colours, Rose Quartz
and Serenity. Rose Quartz is a warm and gentle pink (like the stone itself, believed to have healing
properties) while Serenity is a tranquil blue. 2016 is the first year that Pantone has selected two colours of the year rather than one; this successful combination captures the zeitgeist and has been well received in the world of contemporary design. In her Jewel Rose Sky Rug, Sonya marries the two together beautifully to create what will undoubtedly be a lasting testament to the enduring popularity of this colour combination.
Aqua Glass, in a careful selection of greens and blues reminiscent of the sparkling waters of restful holiday seascapes, has cooler hues that sit well in any colour scheme particularly greys, beiges and other neutrals.
Both colourways are hand tufted in pure New Zealand Wool by Goodweave weavers;
Aqua Glass is also available in pure silk. This extremely luxurious version adds a further
opulent shimmer to the gemlike quality of the design to make a stunning addition to any space.
Aug 29, 2016
So excited to be launching new rug designs at Decorex this September!
They include one inspired by another of my favourite artists, Josef Albers, whose use of
saturated colour I have always admired. His book ‘Interaction of Color’ (recently
republished in a 50th anniversary edition) is one of the most important works on the subject
Albers was born in Germany where he worked as a schoolteacher before becoming an artist.
Initially a printmaker, his first public commission was for a stained glass window, and he
designed furniture as well. He joined the Bauhaus as a teacher, working with Walter Gropius,
Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. With the closure of the Bauhaus under
Nazi pressure, Albers moved to the USA where he lived the rest of his life.
Josef Albers Portfolio ‘Homage to the Square’ 1967 Complete portfolio of 12 screen prints
auctioned by Phillips 2011
Accomplished in many media, and teacher of an impressive number of artists, he is best known
as a colour theorist. His most famous works are the great many paintings and prints that make
up the series Homage to the Square. These show a very disciplined approach, with squares
of solid colour inside one another.
I pay homage to Josef Albers with the After Josef Albers Rug, available in two combinations of colour; one inspired by the brilliant, warm blues of cornflowers, the other of a tropical sunset.
To see these and my other new rug designs, see us at the internationally renowned show Decorex, this year in the wonderful surroundings of Syon Park, London, 18 - 21 September. We look forward to meeting you there!
Aug 3, 2016
Not long to go now before the excitement of the games in Rio. After the success of our
own games here in London four years ago we are looking forward to another fun packed
couple of weeks in August, this time in sunny Brazil.
Brazil is a vast and diverse country, with miles of beautiful coastline, rainforest and the lively
cities of Rio and Sao Paolo. It is famed for its carnival and its love of futebol, both of which
are embraced with exuberant passion. During the carnival extravaganza, everyday reality is
turned on its head with elaborate costumes (fantasia in Portuguese) and a dizzying blaze
of colour and music.
It’s no wonder that our beautiful, bright rugs are so popular in Brazil! The kaleidoscopic
After Matisse in particular has proved a firm favourite: featured in Brazilian
Casa Vogue, in the TV show Fantastico and in many private homes. We are
delighted to receive testimonials that show how well the rugs have been received,
with clients pleasantly surprised by our quick and easy delivery.
The Brazilians certainly know how to have a party – we’re looking forward to sharing in
the fun during the celebrations and competitions in Rio!