The New York fashion designer, who has been wrapping generations of stylish women in her pretty, patterned dresses, was so smitten with the bold ikats and florals she recently sent down the runway that she decided to bring them out of the closet and put them on chairs, pillows, and curtains. The 87 crisp, graphic cottons are a prelude to her collection of tableware, bedding, and bath accessories that arrives in stores early next year.
For Von Furstenberg, the fabrics were an opportunity to play with scale in a big way, offering checks small and large, blooms blown up or reduced in size, and animal prints in such otherworldly colors as hot pink, yellow, and lavender. "Patterns are a natural for me," she says. "I capture them from nature, through photography, then reinterpret them." Her runway favorites translated beautifully to interiors. "It's all about mi—scales, patterns, and colors," she says. Not in the market to reupholster your furnishings? If you're traveling to London, you can sink into one of the 20 guest rooms Von Furstenberg just decorated at the legendary Claridge's hotel. The designer says it was kismet that she landed the plum assignment. "I have been a guest there for more than 30 years, and I was very honored they asked me," she says. "It was a total love story, from beginning to end." Click here to see Diane von Furstenberg's fashionable new fabrics for the home.