Designer Profile: Orla Kiely

Abacus Duvet Set

Orla Kiely is a leading exponent of 1970s styling, whose bright, patterned designs have forged her place at the very forefront of the current 70s design revival in homes across the UK.

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The Dublin-born designer began her work designing bags and luggage, but over the years her Multi Stern pattern grew in popularity and began to establish a cult following. Over time her distinctive designs have evolved and developed, and in the past few years her cheery, simple and iconic prints have found their way into the home, adorning wallpapers, fabrics and, most recently, a unique furniture range.

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Blessed with an infatuation with arts, crafts and colour as a child, Kiely was drawn to textiles at university and studied at the prestigious Royal College of Arts. After an initial foray into hat design, an opportunity arose to launch her label, which was inspired by the work of esteemed 50s and 60s designers such as Lucienne Day, Barbara Brown, Alexander Girard and Saul Bass.

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Orla Kiely’s idiosyncratic designs are inspired by nature and take a stylistic approach that pares down recognisable images to their simplest lines and shapes. It is this approach that has led to an exclusive range of products which includes bedding, linen, cookware, wallpaper, bags and kitchen and garden accessories. It is this graphic approach which has become Kiely’s distinctive trademark.