A Partnership of Patterns: The Liberty for Anthropologie Fall CollectionAugust 14, 2017
When we had the opportunity to create a home collection with Liberty, the iconic London-based print house, we naturally jumped at the occasion. After all, the company has gained a steadfast following for its luxurious and timeless designs ever since its founder (and former draper) Arthur Liberty opened up shop in 1875. More than a century later, it still proves to be a household name for those who encounter it across the globe, including Andrew Carnie, Anthropologie’s President of Home, Garden and Europe.
“Liberty is familiar yet artistic, homely yet special — it’s the ultimate print brand and one I’ve admired for many years,” he says, noting his first memory of the brand’s handiwork on an address book and matching pencil his mother used to keep next to the telephone.
In this collection, it’s the Tamsin dining chairs that are favorites for Carnie, who is especially won over by their print: Wiltshire Berry. “I like so many pieces from this collection, but the standout design for me has to be this one,” he says. “It’s at a great price point, and the tightness of the repeating leaf and berry pattern means it works well mixed in with louder, larger prints, or with paired-back neutrals.”
It’s just one of 18 different prints designed for the collection, each of which boasts its own modern day identity while still paying homage to Liberty’s rich history of producing eclectic and upscale designs. Take, for example, Mabelle, a whimsical medley of blues and aquamarines inspired by Indian Chintz designs of the 17th and 18th centuries — a nod to the Oriental fabrics that once defined the Liberty look. And while it’s this one that’s served as a staple for the print house since 2007, several other styles stem back much further: Abstract Meadow recalls the soft florals formed from minimal brush strokes of this original 1935 print, while Strawberry Thief, a Kaleidoscopic portrayal of birds in the wild, dates all the way back to 1883 — the year it was created by artist and poet William Morris.
Those designs can now be used to elevate every aspect of the home, taking on the forms of everyday art via the likes of coffee mugs, oversized chairs, oven mittens, and aprons. A bedding range includes a velvet quilt rendered in the dense floral motif of Feather Bloom, while it’s Mabelle that adorns a fine porcelain dining collection, tea set and serving pieces — amplifying the afternoon tea and dinner party like never before.
Carnie hopes the 40-piece collection can center around gatherings and occasions like these, providing a glimpse into the creature comforts of everyday British life that Liberty has been able to enhance for generations.
“Like anyone who is passionate about design, I have always revered Liberty as the very epitome of classic British style, and have been continually amazed by its constant reinventions, which have seen the brand remain fresh and relevant for well over a century,” he says. “Given our shared passion for pushing creative boundaries, I believe that Anthropologie and Liberty are a natural fit.”
Shop our Liberty for Anthropologie collection here or at select Anthropologie store locations.