‘Homes Should Inspire Optimism, Positivity & Joy’

Annette K. Brown
matthew williamson, london palladium on december 11, 2014 in london, england

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Fashion, interior and lifestyle designer Matthew Williamson discusses pattern, colour and his new collaboration with lighting brand Pooky.


I began my career in design as a print designer, so colour and pattern organically find their way into everything I do. Designing patterns and choosing the elements, colours and repeats is such an exciting and stimulating process for me. I think it would have been next to impossible for me to become a minimalist in my approach to interior design. I understand and respect minimalist principles, but I could never part with colour, pattern and an eclectic mish-mash of furniture in favour of clean lines and clear surfaces.

pooky 30cm straight empire shade in blue paisley by matthew williamson, £70, with venus table lamp, £76


Being studio-based, both in London and in Mallorca, I really relish my alone time to dive into a project – sketching, painting and moodboarding to bring an idea into the world in physical form. Depending on the project, my creative process can be collaborative or entirely individual. The decision to work with Pooky stems from a long standing admiration of the brand’s artful steer on eclecticism and quality craftsmanship. Bringing the quintessential Matthew Williamson look to the classic Pooky shades allowed both parties to play to their strengths to create this diverse collection.


My career in fashion has been incredibly informative and useful for my move into interiors. The elemental principles of proportion, colour, materials and functionality are absolutely transferable. In many ways, dressing a room can be likened to dressing a person. I love any excuse for maximum impact with pattern and colour, so it’s a similar approach! As well as working with Pooky, other favourite projects have been my wallpaper collection with Osborne & Little and my online shop – it’s such a pleasure to curate an edit of larger items alongside accessories such as lighting, candles and stationery.


35cm straight empire shade

Matthew Williamson



I feel very lucky to be able to divide my time between two aesthetically inspiring places: London and Deià in Mallorca. I think that your home should reflect who you are, so if you love maximalist patterns, antique finds, artful clutter and quirky lamps, let this come across in your home. Each room in both my London townhouse and the finca in Mallorca are truly elevated by my collection of candlesticks, which I’ve been acquiring for years. Friends often buy me one for Christmas and birthdays, so my collection is growing! I also collect antiques and enjoy the chase of finding gems among the bric-a-brac at fairs, markets, auctions and online.


Bold colour choices, heavy patterning and a sense of rustic decadence define my style. The look is about being optimistic and playful, with my main rule being that there are no rules! It’s my belief that your home should inspire optimism, positivity and joy in every room.

18cm pendant shade in pink iikat by matthew williamson, pooky

18cm pendant shade in Pink iIkat by Matthew Williamson, Pooky


• See Matthew’s collection of lamps at pooky.com.

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