‘By Design’ in partnership with Sir John Soane’s Museum
NEW FOR THE AUTUMN
By Design, a talk series created with Sir John Soane's Museum in which leading designers discuss an object that has inspired their practice. From October 2018 – April 2019, Will Gompertz, Arts Editor at the BBC, and Alice Rawsthorn, design writer and critic, will co-host.
“Luke Irwin's Sari Silk collectioncelebrates colour and is made from recycled sari silk in hot pinks and golden yellows, blues, greens, reds and more; and because the rugs are made from recycled material there is randomness to them, which means flashes of unexpected colour appear in each. The effect is powerful and mood-lifting.” ”
– Olenka Hamilton, Spears UK
London Design Festival
As part of London Design Festival 'Sustainability' theme we will be showcasing the Sari Silk Collection. This collection is made entirely from recycled saris. The recycling process of taking old saris and reapplying them to rugs makes this the most joyous and unexpected
New Sari Silk Collection
The new extended Sari Silk Collection
Our new extended Sari Silk collection is made from recycled saris. The recycling process of taking old saris and reapplying them to rugs makes this the most joyous and unexpected of constructions. Ten percent of the sari silk material used to create these vivid rugs is left undyed and as a result
A party to celebrate the new Sari Silk collection
Friends old and new joined Luke Irwin for a summer party to celebrate the new Sari Silk collection. Guests sipped cooling cocktails on a hot summers evening. The showroom was a buzzing with conversation.
Cocktails in the showroom
Guests were invited to celebrate Frida Kahlo, the new Sari Silk Collection and all things colorful.
Partygoers sipped Margaritas and feasted on Mexican inspired food.
New Berber Collection
Luke Irwin is delighted to announce the launch of his new Berber collection; ten colour-led pieces created using the traditional Berber knot. A highly versatile, keenly priced range, it works as well in a soft, barefoot space like a bedroom or dressing room as it does in more formal spaces
Huntsman x Luke Irwin London
Luke Irwin has collaborated with Saville Row tailors Huntsman to create a bespoke rug inspired by one of the house tweeds.
Luke’s fascination with the past’s impact on contemporary design is his unique calling card; much of the inspiration for his collections is rooted in the history. From crop circles to architecture, dreams to poetry, Luke’s designs always have a rich story woven through them.
Frida’s Belgravia in bloom
Commissioned as part of this year’s 'Frida’s Belgravia in Bloom', this window - in a palette of signature Luke Irwin blue, shot through with the pinks, reds and oranges of Mexico - is the product of a collaboration between Luke Irwin and Bristol-based artist, Eleanor Hardiman.
Inspired by the ancients
The Making of the Mosaic Collection
As part of this year’s London Craft Week, Luke Irwin rugs has staged a one-off exhibition on Wednesday May 9th, showcasing the Roman artefacts found at his home in Wiltshire in 2015, and the rugs that they inspired.
Luke Irwin’s London Craft Week exhibition
Inspired by the ancients: The making of The Mosaic Collection
Delve back into the historic past at a one-off London Craft Week exhibition on Wednesday 9th May at our Pimlico Road showroom. On display will be the rugs from The Mosaic Collection, alongside the real-life Roman artefacts - discovered
New Collection: Tessuto, meaning fabric
Tessuto by Sahar for Luke Irwin
"I discovered this beautiful collection on my travels. These pieces are inspired by antique Persian flat weaves and the textures of vintage fabrics, hence the name ‘Tessuto’ meaning fabric.
Each piece takes inspiration from the distinct qualities of the weave that creates a fabric; whether a heavy
Luke’s Travel Diary: India
Images from a recent trip to India
Shot while working with our long standing partners this photo diary sums up the magic and majesty the region and reminds me of a favourite poem...
The Mosaic Collection at ABC Carpet & Home
New York designers celebrated the launch of The Mosaic Collection at ABC Carpet & Home.
In the press
The design press turn their eye to The Mosaic Collection
Here's a review of recent press coverage. The design press turn their eye to The Mosaic Collection.
Art al fresco
Everyone can feast on Italy's al fresco banquet for the soul
Everyone can feast on Italy's al fresco banquet for the soul
Art is everywhere in Italy, including - in the case of some astonishing masterpieces - in the open air. David Eskerjian digs into a rich visual feast.
Bowled over by the Bugattis
The Bugatti Family
Nicholas Foulkes rejoices in the incomparable genius of the Bugatti family - furniture by Carlo, sculpture by Rembrandt and cars by Ettore. Can't somebody bottle the DNA? First published in Luke Irwin's Tarantella book.
“There is nothing I don't love about The Mosaic Collection ”
– Heather Jenkinson @heatherdesign
The Mosaic Collection launch party
Friends old and new gathered to celebrate
An evening of cocktails to mark the launch of Luke Irwin's new collection. This 18 piece collection is inspired by The Deverill Villa the archaeological site discovered under Luke's Wiltshire home.
“I have taken an idea from a time gone by but made the design relevant to today ”
– Luke Irwin
Cocktail’s to celebrate
Last night the Pimlico Road showroom played host to the friends of Luke Irwin.
A celebration of the new rug collection inspired by the tale of The Deverill Villa.
The Mosaic Collection: The Tale of the Deverill Roman Villa
Everyone dreams of finding treasure at the bottom of their garden…
In February 2015, while laying electricity cables so that his children could play ping pong in an old barn, rug designer Luke Irwin struck a cold, flat surface. There, about 18 inches beneath the muddy topsoil of his Wiltshire farmhouse, lay an untouched Roman mosaic unseen for 1,500 years
Rude Romans - Latin as she was written in graffiti
Harry Mount hears the authentic voices of ordinary people in the Ancient world, speaking through the graffiti that they left on the walls of taverns, brothels and private houses. They could be obscene, poetic - and grammatically incorrect. First published within Luke Irwin's 'Tarantella' book.
“The result [of the villa discovery] is a series of gorgeous rugs that update the cold, tiled Roman floors and transform them into plush, inviting floor coverings. ”
“A glamorously timeworn rug collection and intriguing collection connected with the history of England ”
– Lucia van der Post, FT How To Spend It
“The Luke Irwin Mosaic Collection achieves true engagement with the richness of British history while being an example of stunning contemporary design. It represents the marrying of cultural, philosophical, historical and design influences to make something alive again but for our own time, not a replica of a time gone by. This collection brilliantly demonstrates the strength of the British creative industries today; known for their world class innovation. I look forward to more being discovered at The Deverill Villa as the site is of considerable interest ”
– Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture, Media and Sport
The Mosaic Collection: Luke Irwin interview
"There’s a feeling of responsibility, of taking this good fortune and making a derivation of it, making the historical relevant to your time."
Since the discovery of a Roman mosaic in the garden of his Wiltshire home, rug designer Luke Irwin has been on something of an extraordinary journey. The mosaic revealed the location of what is now known as the Deverill Villa, and for Irwin – a designer whose inspiration has always been found in the
“This remarkable Roman villa with its baths and mosaics uncovered by chance is a large, important and very exciting discovery that reveals so much about the luxurious lifestyle of a rich Romano British family at the height of the empire. I am not a Roman expert but it is an amazing thought that so much has survived almost two millennia. ”
– Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore
“The tesserae within the rugs are made from hand-woven silk around which are thin lines of wool. When you wash the rug in iron oxide, there’s a reaction to the wool that eats it back to the warp and the weft revealing a mosaic effect. ”
– Vikram Kapoor, Co-Creative Director