Bazaar Interiors has long been a fan of Georgia Macmillan, first bringing the artist and designer to our readers’attention in November 2015, so news of her latest collection of cushions, napkins and tablecloths had us dreaming of a new table scheme. Named after one of Georgia’s favourite destinations in southern Italy, the Bernalda range consists of three prints Mini Peach Smudge, Charcoal Chill and Big Inky Smudge – in a palette of watery blues, flecked with terracotta, which was inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s 19th century Palazzo Margherita.
Part of the appeal of Georgia’s prints is that they reflect her own effortless Aussie style – but looks can be deceiving. It takes the artist-turned-news reporter-turned-PR girl-turned-artist months to perfect each design, hence only releasing a handful per year. “What works on paper looks completely different scanned on the computer and ultimately printed on fabric,” she explains. “Beautiful sea blue watercolour paints throw bright, light aqua and gorgeous rich inky Indigo and Lapis Lazuli throw algae green so it takes many drafts to perfect one design.”
Unlike so many of her textile contemporaries, Georgia relies entirely on her own skill, rather than that of a computer, to create her wares, literally taking paint to paper to create the original watercolour artwork that is then printed onto cotton or linen. It is a time-consuming technique, but one that lends the final product a unique quality that ultimately makes it stand out from the piles of mass-produced napkins and cushions that are so readily available.
“They’re classic and happy, without taking design too seriously,” summarises Georgia of her designs. Thankfully, those of us living in Dubai have first dibs on her new releases as she is based here – but for those further afield, her home accessories are now available through her e-commerce site. To suit the XXL demands of her GCC clientele, Georgia has also recently added a new line of ultra-long tablecloths, just in time for the return of winter and its promise of lazy breakfasts in the garden. But hurry, you’d better be quick – we’re tempted to snap up the whole lot.
For more information visit georgiamacmillanpaints.com