Paradiso is Martin’s third collection and first indoor/outdoor range for the James Dunlop Textiles brand and is influenced by her work on the recently opened Faena Hotel in Miami, which was inspired by her Australian and French heritage.
“This collection explores some of the equatorial themes that I touched on in developing fabrics for the Faena Hotel project,” Martin says. “The designs are a celebration of tropical color and exuberance. Playing with vibrant hues, scale and textured fabric constructions has allowed us to bring to life a range that marries elegance, humour, and a playful wink to the glamour of late 1940’s Miami.”
There are three designs in the range: Coralline uses coral branches to explore the traditional coastal motif, while Flamingo pays homage to the famous pink bird who lives amongst the coconut palms in the forest and Helios draws inspiration from the ancient Greek god of the sun. These new designs by Martin sit alongside two beautiful new fabrics from Mokum, Coco a chenille upholstery plain inspired by Coco Chanel and Collette which is influenced by the natural multi-coloured hand loomed weaves from India.
Mokum’s design director Stephanie Moffitt says that collaborating with Catherine Martin and her team was incredibly inspiring. “Catherine is at the top of her field in both costume and production design, she is a rare talent who is both professional and refreshingly open and friendly. For Catherine’s first foray into high performance textiles we wanted to take inspiration from her recent work in hospitality design and develop dramatic and durable textiles which meet the rigours of international commercial specifications. The Paradiso collection is extremely durable and fade resistant, its suitability for both indoors and outdoors making it a perfect fit for our Australasian lifestyle.”
Words by: Nathalie Owen. Photography by: James Dunlop Textiles.