Francis Sultana quickly became one of the best interior designers in the UK. The proficient designer has recently launched a new collection, named Narmina, in which he drew inspiration from the grandeur of Coco Chanel. Today, Bedroom Ideas is exploring this remarkable collection because some of these pieces are simply stunning and would look majestically in a bedroom set.
Regarded as an active symbol of support to the crafts industry, this collection was made using techniques such as patinated bronze, crystal veneers and straw marquetry. In its entirety, the remarkable collection consists of a series of furniture, upholstery lighting, and accessories in finishes like rattan, tweed, velvet, rock, crystal, marquetry, mica.
“The fabrics used within this collection include tweeds inspired by Chanel and her “poverty deluxe” style. ‘Poor materials’ like straw and rattan, conjure the ingenuity of Coco. She was the ultimate 20th-century fashion icon, who forged her signature by producing luxe sportswear from humble textiles like jersey and cotton.” – Francis Sultana
The collection allows one to enter a delightful journey through the myriad of influences at work within Francis’s designs, including Art Deco Paris of the 1920s, the work of Coco Chanel & José María Sert and the exotic extravagance of the Indian maharajas, as one can see in pieces like the flamboyant Javad armchair and the Victoire daybed.
Striking glamour, sinuous lines and fluid proportions are at work in a series of elegant and sophisticated pieces. The collection Narmina reveals an exotic interpretation of Paris in the 1920s while retaining Sultana’s love of artisan craft techniques and use of noble materials. The colour palette incorporates soft pink, clear and golden crystal, amber, sage and forest green, dark bronze, ecru and straw.
Another major influence for the collection is the designer/artist José María Sert aka Jojo Sert. Originally from an immensely rich Catalan family of textile manufacturers, José’s murals covered the walls and ceilings of cathedrals and ballrooms as well as Rockefeller Center in NYC. Pieces such as the Narmina day bed and Turgi sofa, with its strong bronze columns, recall the decadence of Sert’s hand as well as his preference for generous yet streamlined proportions.
Sultana has reinvented rock crystal by making it both magnificent and modern, working with a painstaking treatment process of applying rock crystal to pieces such as the Coco side table and on the basis of the Petra floor lamp and Nadia table lamp, which both emit a bewitching shimmer akin to semi-precious gemstone.
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