Material pleasures

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 May, 2004, 12:00am

Several leading lights in the wonderful world of fabric and wallpaper design have just launched their spring 2004 collections, which are now available from Altfield (room 605, Nine Queen's Road, Central, tel: 2524 3318). Osborne & Little ( has gone back to nature, taking butterflies and botanics as inspiration for its Papilio range and giving it a contemporary twist. The Papilio wallpapers pay homage to the decorative influences of the 1930s and 40s, while the complementing floral and abstract print fabrics are evocative of midsummer.

British design doyenne Nina Campbell (, who has decorated the homes of the rich, royal and famous such as the Queen of Denmark and the Duke and Duchess of York, has interpreted the vitality of Spanish dance in her new Fandango collection. Bold, bright poppies and more delicate roses are accompanied by swirls of foliage and should be ideally mixed with Fandango stripes - four elegant striped designs in lively colours appropriately named Rumba, Twist, Foxtrot and Jive.

From Liberty Furnishings come the Caribbean-themed Samana and Bajamar, both of which incorporate pretty florals either on crisp cotton (Bajamar) or silk organza and linen (Samana). But if you're after something less subtle and more multi-coloured, the Mimi fabric from the new Musetta range is covered with bright cherry blossom flowers and is blooming marvellous.