Things to make you go OOH #16

The world wouldn't be at ease unless I gave an OOH shout out to my favourite piece from my own collection now would it??  And believe me, there were audible OOHs - and not just from me - when this baby took centre stage at my exhibition for London Design Festival at South Kilburn Studios.  Meet BETTY BOO. I know I'm slightly biased, but really, she is pretty bloomin' lovely.

Betty Boo - Boudoir chair upholstered with love by Out of the Dark for our collaboration The Flower Project.  Lush orange velvet with pink piping and pink legs, and finished with handmade felt flowers in orange, pink and navy blue. One of a kind. £695.00  Photo credit: Paul Craig

Here is an Ode to Betty by Maddie Tunstall, who is working with me & Ms Boo on another project to be revealed soon. 

Orange velvet, pink piping and navy felt flowers - the Betty Boo chair shouldn't work.

But it does, big time.

The smart use of colour draws attention from the surroundings to the low, little 1950s boudoir chair. And the perfectly pitched shades never once say "look at me" but "look at the shape of this chair - look how the back broadens and the seat curves."

The mix of flowers carefully keep the upholstery from becoming alienatingly bold or garish and bring the eye to points that might be missed. They make the piece engaging without making it impractical.

You need to see these pieces in the flesh to appreciate the cleverness of Zoe Brewer and Out of the Dark's collaboration and why it works.  My gut reaction, like most who see the chair, was immediately.. to smile.