Iconic Irish print designer Orla Kiely has partnered with Barker and Stonehouse for the exclusive launch of her first ever upholstered furniture collection! This versatile range includes everything from cocktail chairs and sofas to footstools and even bed frames, all upholstered in Orla’s signature patterns and iconic retro palette.
Woven into the very fabric of British design, Orla Kiely’s iconic blend of colour and pattern has made her one of the most admired and treasured creatives in the UK today. From the brand’s humble beginnings in 1995, to the global sensation that she is now, Orla Kiely’s signature designs are loved worldwide, winning her a legion of fans including the Duchess of Cambridge.
Known affectionately as ‘The Queen of Prints’, Orla is driven by a passion for design that embodies a bold use of colour, graphic motifs and most importantly, a sprinkling of humour.
We sat down with Orla to find out what makes her tick and to learn more about the exclusive launch of her first ever furniture range at Barker and Stonehouse.
How exciting, your first ever upholstered furniture collection! How did the project come about?
“Mid-century style has been a driving influence in my work throughout my career so developing a furniture collection felt like a natural fit. I have always loved homewares and interior design so was incredibly excited to start this next chapter.”
What made you choose Barker and Stonehouse as your first exclusive partner?
“When I was planning the new furniture range, I knew that I wanted to work exclusively with a retail partner which shares my values. As an independent family-owned business, Barker and Stonehouse has a distinctive approach to retail and has made for a great collaborator on this launch.
“It’s a company that cares about the details and provenance of design. And a place that offers visual excitement to its customers through the layering together of colour, texture and styles within its stores. All of this chimes well with me.”
Orla on…the inspiration behind the designs
“The eras that have influenced this collection are the iconic 50s, 60s, and 70s.”
Orla on…style advice
“Be brave, experiment and give yourself time to adjust. Trust your instincts and believe in yourself!”
Orla on…her favourite pieces from the collection
“I love the pieces which feature a riot of colour, such as the Fern Sofa.”
Orla on…her personal interior style
“I love mid-century modern, and I like big bold statements with colour and pattern in a ‘less is more’ way.”
“These Barker and Stonehouse pieces stand out to me as each has a strong design identity, whether through the use of vibrant colour, a striking silhouette or a unique application of materials.”
The Orla Kiely furniture range is available exclusively at Barker and Stonehouse until June. Shop the Orla Kiely x Barker and Stonehouse collection online or in store now.