Collab alert: Habitat x Quentin Jones
Having notched up collaborations with Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Victoria Beckham, acclaimed illustrator and mixed-media artist Quentin Jones has now launched a capsule collection for Habitat – a radical curation of original artworks reimagined across textiles for the home.
Using her signature style of structured typography, bold primary colours, fluid freehand lines and figurative elements, a series of Jones' artworks has been reworked by hand into rugs and cushions, each with a different hand-finished technique from one of Habitat’s oldest textiles suppliers.
Quentin Jones comments: 'My artworks are often very layered, with a mix of photography, painting and moving image - it doesn’t translate obviously in to interior pieces. But I have a strong sense for how I like my home’s interiors to be, which sits as the under-pinning to lots of my work that hangs on the walls.'
She adds: 'I love simple monochromatic, and primary palettes that echo the Bauhaus and Constructivism. I am drawn to bold graphic shapes, with minimal fuss which might be from having grown up in the house of two architect parents, who were keen minimalists.'
Jones studied philosophy at Cambridge, followed by an MA in illustration at Central St Martins. Her aesthetic is often described as a modern take on the surrealist tradition, realised largely through photomontage, loose paintwork and dynamic video editing.
Her collection for Habitat includes these fabulous Eye-Eye 1 and Eye-Eye 2 cushions. We asked her to explain the idea behind them. 'I worked around the idea that the sofa becomes a character once the cushions are placed on it – a sort of sofa monster surveying the room that could start talking.'
'I’ve used very simple painterly brushstrokes, a torn edge cobalt blue iris that ties to the main palette of the collection and the other eye giving a knowing wink.'
Shop the collection at Habitat.co.uk from today, 4 June 2019.
Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites
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