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Everything has to have a little bit of a worn and torn quality’: the mint green bedroom, with floral bedspread. Photograph: Sophia Spring/The Observer I’m also drawn to quite earthy, crafty, humble things’: Matthew Williamson in his kitchen. Photograph: Sophia Spring/The Observer

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In 2005, he joined Emilio Pucci as creative director - a natural progression with his reputation for kaleidoscopic colour. The same year, he was awarded the Moët & Chandon Fashion Tribute Award. Having pivoted in recent years from the world of fashion to interiors, Matthew says: “Putting an outfit or a room together that brings a smile to your face and the faces of others is the objective in any project I undertake.” In 2023 Matthew was commissioned by The Design Museum in London’s Kensington to create a space within the iconic John Pawson modernist building. The space inspired by it’s park views is now bathed in shades of green and includes an edited selection of mid century vintage furniture along with hand blown glass lighting to create the perfect resting spot for art and design lovers.In 2009, he opened stores in New York and Dubai before returning to London Fashion Week for its 25th anniversary. The same year, he collaborated with H&M on a summer collection which featured model Daria Werbowy in the advertising campaign. One of the key considerations for my collection of rugs was an element of craftsmanship,” Matthew says. “I am an admirer of craft in all its forms, celebrating the natural material used in the process. From mesmerising woodwork to the brutal beauty of ironmongery, these quintessentially human skills can have a hugely uplifting presence in the home. Oh So Sisco rug by Matthew Williamson

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Just like his fashion designs, Matthew’s new collection of rugs features colour combinations and original patterns with global influences inspired by nature. He collaborated with Obeetee, the largest handmade rug-maker in India. Iris Ikat Circular rug by Matthew Williamson Williamson grew up in Manchester before moving to London to study at Central Saint Martins at the age of 18.I describe my style as rustic decadence’: vintage furniture and a chandelier in his ornate living room. Photograph: Sophia Spring/The Observer

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As befits a fashion designer with decades of experience, Matthew Williamson knows exactly how to put together the perfect look, whether for the red carpet or a room. “Starting a room with a rug makes a lot of sense,” he says. “It can really anchor the room.” Palm Circular rug by Matthew Williamson Born in Manchester, as a child Matthew was dazzled by his stylish mother’s choices of clothing and decor. After graduating in fashion and textile design from Central Saint Martins in 1994, he launched his fashion label in 1996 and became hugely successful worldwide. Majestic Trinity rug by Matthew Williamson Embrace the colours that resonate most strongly with you’: pictures brighten up the kitchen walls. Photograph: Sophia Spring/The ObserverHe closed down the fashion business he’d built with his partner of 30 years Joseph Velosa (the two now have a daughter, and live between London and Mallorca) seven years ago, after decades as a household name. He looks exactly the same today as he used to in the tabloids and fashion magazines, suave and feline, nipping for cigarettes out of the window while we chat. In the 90s Williamson’s face was as recognisable as his clothes – “boho-chic” party dresses in dazzling colours, worn by Kate Moss and Sienna Miller and all their fellow it-girls. As he was launching his career, American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, looking at a dress he’d made by patchworking pink sari scraps together, told him, “You should have a pink dress in every collection.” He took her advice. established Matthew’s reputation in the world of interiors with his appearance as a guest judge on the BBC’s Interior Design Masters, also streaming on Netflix. The series has been hosted by Fearne Cotton and Alan Carr with former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration magazine, Michelle Ogundehin. Matthew has also made several appearances in the third season, airing in March 2022.

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