Anthony Hughes is a Leeds-based home accessories designer, who launched his debut homeware collection in 2013. It will come as no surprise, of course, that a homeware collection entitled “Industrious Living” would immediately pique our interest. Anthony’s passion for industrial landmarks and the heritage of the north of England is clear throughout his fantastic collection of cotton cushions, drum light shades and wallpaper. The collection was inspired by “a short walk down the canal in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire” and what we find really striking is Anthony’s use of the silhouettes and shapes of industrial giants in such a way that they create bold geometric patterns. Original photographic images of pylons, gas holders and pipelines are digitally printed onto colourful backgrounds which are also imbued with manufacturing meaning; Sulphide Grey, Alumina Blue, Cautious Yellow.
The latest addition to the debut Anthony Hughes collection is this fabulous ‘Anti-Climb’ cushion. It’s a particularly distinctive new member of the cushion range, featuring a silhouetted fence topped with barbed wire against a turbulent sky – hard, industrial, contemporary chic which packs a real monochromatic style punch.
Anti-Climb cushion, £60, Anthony Hughes
The abstracted industrial images, images that celebrate the colossal engineering feats of previous decades, create a distinctly modern selection of cushions. It’s a range that’s certain to appeal to those living in contemporary loft or warehouse apartments as well as those looking to bring some bold lines and colours into their interiors schemes. while making a nod to our nation’s industrial heritage.
The Industrious Living collection further extends to some great drum light shades – which would look great in any room of the house – and a wow-factor Gasholder wallpaper in two colour ways. If you tend towards steely greys and neutrals, then perhaps this is the time to add a pop of colour.
Drum light shade, £60, Anthony Hughes
Gasholder wallpaper in cautious yellow, £140 per roll, Anthony Hughes
We had a lovely chat with Anthony Hughes during a recent London design event and his passion for industrial imagery is infectious! It’s also heartening to speak to British designers who feel so strongly about their products being made in Britain. So, be sure to snap up items from the debut Industrious Living collection – we think Anthony Hughes is one to watch!
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