Available online & in stores, Monday, 21st August
There’s nothing quite like a Liberty print. Instantly recognisable and usually scattered with painterly interpretations of our shared passion—florals—it’s decorative motifs have won a deserved spot in many a print lover’s home.
So, when the opportunity to create the Liberty for Anthropologie home collection with the design house came along, our answer was a resounding ‘yes’.
Founder (and former draper) Arthur Lasenby Liberty threw open Liberty’s door in 1875 and more than a century later it still has the power to become a household name at first sight. It had this effect on Andrew Carnie, Anthropologie’s President of Home, Garden and Europe.
“Liberty is familiar yet artistic, homely yet special — it’s the ultimate print brand and one I’ve admired for many years,” he says, noting his first memory of the brand’s handiwork on an address book and matching pencil his mother used to keep next to the telephone.
Carnie’s favourite piece from the collection? The Tamsin dining chairs, covered in the Liberty’s Wiltshire Berry print.
“I like so many pieces from this collection, but the standout design for me has to be this one,” he says. “It’s at a great price point, and the tightness of the repeating leaf and berry pattern means it works well mixed in with louder, larger prints, or with paired-back neutrals.”
This is just one of 18 prints from the collection, each reimagined for the modern-day home while still staying true to Liberty’s rich, eclectic and exotic history.
A good example of this is the Mabelle print, a Liberty staple since 2007 that will be trimming a fine porcelain dinner set in the Liberty for Anthropologie collection. Influences from Indian Chintz designs of the 17th and 18th century and the Oriental fabrics that historically defined Liberty’s look combine to create an ethereal pattern formed of midnight blues and eye-catching aquamarines.
Some of the other prints that make an appearance stem back much further: Strawberry Thief, a kaleidoscopic portrayal of birds in the wild dates all the way back to 1883 — the year it was created by artist and poet William Morris.
The aim of this collaboration is to elevate every aspect of the home, creating a refined dwelling spot for hosting and relaxation—think everyday art courtesy of pieces such as aprons and towels, coffee mugs, stationery, plush chairs and sofas, cushions and bedding.
Carnie hopes the collection can centre around gatherings and occasions, providing a glimpse into the creature comforts of everyday life that Liberty has enhanced for generations.
“Like anyone who is passionate about design, I have always revered Liberty as the very epitome of classic British style, and have been continually amazed by its constant reinventions, which have seen the brand remain fresh and relevant for well over a century,” he says. “Given our shared passion for pushing creative boundaries, I believe that Anthropologie and Liberty are a natural fit.”
Shop our Liberty for Anthropologie collection online & in store from Monday, 21st August.