Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki has spent decades contributing to British style via groundbreaking wearable creations and edgy home décor. This month sees the launch of her new wallpaper collection. It also coincides with the release of her brand new book celebrating the Biba years.
‘Icon’ is a word that is thrown around far too freely. And what is often referred to as iconic is really only just popular, which is but one quality on the icon checklist. That list includes ‘timeless’. And ‘transcendent’. Add ‘revolutionary’
and you are almost there. Take all of these and top with ‘often copied but never quite matched’ and you have got the work of Barbara Hulanicki.
From launching Biba in 1964 to, fifty years later, simultaneously bringing out a book, The Biba Years, 1963-1975, and two new additions to her wallpaper range for Graham & Brown, she shows no sign of slowing down. And why should she?
Her new designs for Graham & Brown offer a timeless take on graphic patterns.
The Hypnotist features a dramatic geometric print while Funky Flora mixes a feminine design with a rock and roll palette.
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Both wallpaper patterns are based on dress designs from the early years of Biba, so either would make the perfect backdrop to her new coffee table book, The Biba Years. Smart.
The book, released this month, celebrates the rise of her iconic shop which first launched in London in 1964.
To see the full Barbara Hulanicki wallpaper collection, visit Graham & Brown.
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