Moiré may have fallen out of fashion in recent decades, but it’s back and making serious waves as we enter 2024.
Originally the name for a type of silk that took on a rippled appearance under heat and pressure, moiré has been around for centuries. It was traditionally used for lavish gowns and wallcoverings, but designers including Dior and Givenchy democratised moiré in the 1950s by fashioning it into ladylike day dresses.
Today’s interior designers are making the most of moiré’s lustrous texture while reimagining it through bold placements and unexpected pairings. Among the highlights from PAD, the team particularly admired a plush velvet sofa at the Stefanidou Tsoukala gallery. Campbell Rey also opted for moiré, captivated by its mesmerising effect in designing the Fabrizia Cocktail Chair.
Moiré also features prominently in collections at luxury fabric houses Dedar, Schumacher and Loro Piana. At Taylor Howes, the designers have been working with Loro Piana’s grasscloth moiré print wallpaper, a subtle, raffia variation of this usually high-sheen finish.
They have also loved using Dedar’s Amoir Libre in many recent projects. The rich Prussian Blue Amoir Fou wallcovering was chosen for a reception room, and also covered a tailor’s dummy in lilac moiré fabric to display a client’s jewellery. The beauty of this technique is that it can be used across a wide scale, start out with something small like a cushion or ottoman or go bold and have it on your walls!