We recently caught up with Giles Deacon at his East London studio, as he prepared for his AW14 show. With a similar commitment to craftsmanship and innovative design, we asked Giles about the journey of translating his forward-thinking designs into the new medium of rugs.
Q: What most excited you about designing a rug collection?
A: I chose to design a collection for the home as it seemed a very natural extension to my ready to wear. I have worked with specialist mills and skilled craftsmen whose work crosses over before so to work with The Rug Company was particularly interesting to me.
Q: What was your inspiration for the collection?
A: I wanted the ‘Giles’ aesthetic to be very easily recognizable. I like using everyday and/or unexpected motifs transformed into beautiful statement objects in my work. I decided upon a small collection of graphic repeats of various scales of hardware such as chickenwire, interlocking chains and studs and rope, which are softened by the wool and silk yarns. I really like the way they look modern, interesting yet classic.
Q: Where do you imagine the designs being used?
A: While they’re contemporary and edgy, the geometric patterns are beautifully classical and elegant at the same time. I could imagine them anywhere from a Regency townhouse to an ultra-modern Miami villa.
Q: Did you find designing an interiors collection very different from designing your fashion collections?
A: The challenges are always unique in producing any collection. What fascinated me was the way The Rug Company produces the pieces by hand, a mind boggling dying and drying process followed by an incredibly detailed and skilled weaving process to produce these pieces that will last 200 years plus!
Q: Which is your favourite design?
A: I have a Sentinel rug in my house with a desert yellow base, it’s stunning if I say so myself. At the moment it is in my drawing room which catches the light nearly all day.
Portrait by David Yeo.