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Ancient pottery found in the dwellings of the Acoma Pueblo mesa might seem an unusual creative starting point, but not if you’re English designer Bethan Grey. Add in a smattering of Native American inspiration and you have her collection for Anthropologie. One of the brand’s largest ranges of furniture to date.
It features her signature playful use of pattern and form, and a soft, natural palette of rose pink, charcoal, mint green and brass. Highlights include the Feather bar cabinet, modelled on a Puebloan feather motif and cast in resin from an original hand-carving. Rugs are inscribed with subtle details and finished in cool, calming tones of blue-green and ivory. Curvaceous mirrors have iridescent frames.
Bethan’s expertise with materials is in evidence too — we see deft combinations of Carrara marble, gleaming brass and glass, plus sumptuous velvet and solid wood.
“Everything I design starts with a story,” she explains. “In this case, I was researching Indigenous American cultures and was quickly drawn to the graphic patterns, forms and motifs of the Ancestral and Acoma Puebloans. They look so contemporary, even though they’re really ancient. I just thought they were beautiful and perfect for Anthropologie.”
A truly remarkable collection for a high street store, and certainly it’s this sort of quality collaboration that’ll keep them out in front.
Michelle Ogundehin is internationally renowned as an authority on interiors, trends and style. She is an influencer with expertise and the multi award-winning former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK.