Arcadian Thames collection
ZOFFANY PRESENTS ARCADIAN THAMES, A RIVERSIDE PARADISE INSPIRED BY GRAND HOUSES, ROYAL PALACES AND LANDSCAPED GROUNDS, NEW FOR SS23.
For over 300 years, the Arcadian Thames has provided a balm for the soul, enabling Londoners to experience a glorious waterside idyl, where nature breathes, and romantic gardens thrive. Flanked by ancient woodland and flower strewn meadows, this stretch of river meanders from Hampton to Kew and beyond. Landscaped gardens fringe commanding palaces and grand historic houses, dipping their bankside toes into the cool, swell beneath.
Meaning ‘rural paradise’, arcadia is a place of virtue and pleasure, narrating centuries, encouraged by the Age of Enlightenment and its less restrictive way of thinking. A successor to the formality of Tudor and Stuart times, its eddying waters are where writers, poets and artists gathered.
Inspired by majestic riverside homes, Zoffany resumes its tour of London with Arcadian Thames, new for SS23. Comprising five prints, five weaves, one embroidery and six wallcoverings, this latest collection pays homage to the revolutionary vision of 18th century nobility, with a curation of enduring masterpieces that celebrate their unwavering commitment to preserving the English landscape.
Peter Gomez, lead designer for Zoffany, explains, “It’s always a joy to shine the light on a little known story, especially when it stems from London, Zoffany’s hometown. The stretch of river that forms the Arcadian Thames holds so much historical significance, and of course, a unique, natural beauty - it’s rare these two components are appreciated collectively. Our interpretation of the Arcadian Thames revisits London in an unexpected way, capturing a snapshot of life, and the prominent influences of its residents.”
Providing the cornerstone to all its designs, archive documents, sympathetically reinterpreted for today, bring together a combination of form, pattern and colour to create a harmonious aesthetic that is intuitively Zoffany.
Arcadian Thames continues Zoffany’s support of emerging talent, introducing artisan embroider, Livia Papiernik, from the Royal School of Needlework and subsequently the Royal College of Art. Titled Hampton Embroidery, Livia’s exquisite, decorative piece is hand finished with traditional French knots and a combination of advanced stitching techniques.
Drawing from a world class pool of talent, Zoffany has commissioned acclaimed mural artist Melissa White to capture the very essence of the Arcadian Thames in an atmospheric 3m panel. Her magnificent painting with its far reaching views, follows in the footsteps of arcadian discovery, preserving a poetic scene curated by an authentic hand.
ALL WALLCOVERINGS AND PRINTED FABRICS MADE EXCLUSIVELY IN ENGLAND
Artist: Livia Papiernik, MA, BA (Hons.)
Original artwork: 2022
Zoffany is thrilled to introduce guest designer, Livia Papiernik, a graduate from the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) and subsequently London’s Royal College of Art.
Her unique style incorporates an exquisite blend of pattern and storytelling, paying homage to Jacobean embroidery and the heraldic beast statues which decorate Hampton Court Palace. This considered piece is embellished with hand finished detail and decorative stitching.
Available in one colourway: Tapestry
Artist: Melissa White, QEST Scholar
Original artwork: 2022
A bespoke artwork crafted by artisan muralist Melissa White, Arcadian Thames was commissioned by Zoffany especially for this collection. Hand drawn using traditional chalk paints, the design frames a vista of riverside life, incorporating elements from London’s Scion House, Garrick Villa, Strawberry Hill House and Hampton Court. Melissa’s interpretation of this emotive scene measures 3m x 205.5cm with three drops per roll.
Available in two colourways: Wedgwood Blue and Mineral
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ZATW313039 | Wallpaper by Zoffany
ZART322755 | Fabric by Zoffany
ZART322759 | Fabric by Zoffany
ZATW313040 | Wallpaper by Zoffany
Pina de Indes
ZATW313044 | Wallpaper by Zoffany
ZART322766 | Fabric by Zoffany
Pina de Indes
ZART322765 | Fabric by Zoffany
ZATW313047 | Wallpaper by Zoffany
ZATW313049 | Wallpaper by Zoffany
ZART322771 | Fabric by Zoffany
ZART333351 | Fabric by Zoffany
ZART333353 | Fabric by Zoffany
posted on 31 May 2023 in Interiors