Luke Edward Hall Introduces Whimsical Accessory Line for the Rug Company
The British illustrator’s zippy designs can now be found on a collection of colorful pillows and wall hangings
At just 29 years old, designer and illustrator Luke Edward Hall has amassed an enviable roster of high-end clients, among them Christie’s, Burberry, and Liberty London. In May, the dapper Brit added the Rug Company to that list with the debut of his covetable collection of fanciful pillows and wool Aubusson wall hangings. “The cushions I wanted to make very bold and bright,” explains the aesthete, who is known for his romantic Cocteau-esque drawings and playful accent pieces sheathed in kicky patterns.
Featuring leopards, anchovies, and lobsters, the three pillow designs reflect Hall’s signature sense of whimsy. “I love the leopard because I’m a big fan of burgundy and pink together,” he says. A pair of painterly wall hangings, meanwhile, was inspired by historical portraits he discovered when reading an artist’s biography. “It was tricky at first to make sure the portraits felt right. I wanted them to seem timeless and quite contemporary, but at the same time as if they might be from the 1930s,” he says. “Ultimately, I’m really happy with how the watercolor washes have translated. Though woven, the paint looks quite convincing!”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Summer Issue under the headline British Accent. Subscribe to the magazine.