Earlier in the year I had the pleasure of catching up with Australian Interior Designer and Decorator, Lisa Burdus.
In July 2020 Lisa fulfilled her dream of living and working abroad by moving to the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside where she is building the UK-arm of her design practise. Each of Lisa's designs break free from homogeneity to create spontaneous and adventurous masterpieces that embrace indulgent detail through scale, texture, colour and pattern....something we are very much on board with!
Firstly, what attracts you to vintage textiles?
The texture, the faded colour, the wonkiness of them, they have depth and soul
How do you go about incorporating them into your work?
In a home that is newly built or renovated I like to use items with age so it gives the room some soul. I am not a fan of having everything new and, as well as liking the knocked back patina of vintage textiles, I also like the handle of them.
How best to display them?
On the end of a bed, folded up on the back of a sofa, cut up and used as lampshades or cushions, framed and hung on the wall. I have cut a kantha into strips and made a bed valance out of it, made them into curtains….. the sky’s the limit!
Where to start when using vintage textiles? Can they inspire a whole scheme?
A textile that is handmade or has been kept through generations is super special and can often be the beginning of a scheme. A patchwork quilt, a kantha or a Suzani are all a great starting point for the colour palette. Alternatively, they can be thrown into a room at the end to mess it up a bit.
Unique creative ways of working with vintage textiles Suzanis & Kanthas?
Probably the same as answer above for how best to display them.