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Fine China

Apr 10, 2017 | Design and Decor

Jim Thompson’s lush patterns and textures have long been where designers looked for Oriental-inspired luxe. The designer is credited with having revived the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and ’60s, and his love of opulence and Asian craft lives on in the exquisite designs current head designer Ou Baholyodhin produces. The new Leo de Janeiro collection represents the convergence of Chinese festivities and is a hypnotic and evocative riot of carnival-inspired colour, symbolised by the centrepiece of the collection, the iconic Chinese lion. We’re also a bit besotted with the No 9 by Thompson All Aboard range – outdoor fabrics that incorporate the house’s signature exotic motifs but less formal, and with humorous names. Jim Thompson is available locally through T&Co. tandco.co.za

Text: Julia Freemantle

Photographs: Andrew Dunkley and Marcus Leith, neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, Johan Jansson, Veerle Evens, Jonathan Mauloubier, Frances Marais, supplied

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