Evening Standard - Valentine's Day Homeware Gifts
A clutch of UK female designers are celebrating sexuality with a passion, beauty and wit that will bring romance into your home on Valentine’s Day and beyond.
In Islington today, a saucy “nude net curtain” is currently raising eyebrows at The Surface Design Show.
Show this page for free admission until 9pm tonight, and 5pm tomorrow.
On a visit to Palmer’s London studio, Raffo spotted a sketch of lovers in an erotic embrace inspired by a 5th century Greek plate.
The artist’s great great grandfather was a Nottingham Lace designer, and this was her amatory update. Raffo made this happen.
She tracked down a heritage print works in Lancaster, whose “burn-out” technique partly dissolves fibres in a fabric leaving transparent areas, for a lace effect.
Body Lace voile is in nude or a limited edition black, in a viscose/polyester mix, at £78 a metre.
“Nets are intended to hide and obscure,” says Palmer. “And mine have an extra layer of concealment, as you probably won’t spot the erotic imagery at first glance.”