Matches made in design heaven really do exist. Not convinced? Cast your eye on Amazonia, the second range from wallpaper specialist de Gournay (opens in new tab) in cohoots with Italian footwear label Aquazzura (opens in new tab).
Nearly a year after the footwear brand and the heritage British wall coverings house first joined forces for its millennial pink range, the two companies have debuted a secondcapsule collection of Amazonia, this one in shades of blue.
Every inch as high-octane as you’d expect, de Gournay’s Chinoiserie wallpaper has been reimagined in blue and its tropical print plastered on to loafers, sneakers and slides.
We owe this blossoming partnership to a chance encounter, where de Gournay heiress Hannah Cecil Gurney found herself at the beautiful Florentine apartment of Aquazzura's founder Edgardo Osorio, and spotted ade Gournay Chinoiserie wallpaper. This lead, obviously, to the idea of a creative venture!
The brands put their heads together and flicked through archieve pictures of 18th-century illustrations by Albertus Seba for inspiration, as well as murals and paintings by Juan Gatti. The team at de Gournay drew up amazing mock-ups of different animals and then Aquazzura put them all together to create the Amazonia jungle design.
A tropical take on a traditional chinoiserie,depicting lush jungle scenes in modern, vibrant colours, the conspicuous motifhas been translated onto a collection of Aquazzura shoes and a hand painted de Gournay wallpaper.
Blue, in case you were wondering, is a nod to the watery surrounding's of de Gournay's new San Francisco showroom whiletheoriginal pink was inspired by the exquisite colour of the walls of the palazzo that houses Aquazzura HQ in Florence.
The blue still pairs beautifully with the lush green foliage of the motif, so it loses none of its tropical charm—on either the wallpaper or the shoes.
There’s even footwear for little ones – if tots can be trusted to keep them pristine in the playground, that is.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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