Our founder and Creative Director Shelley Boyd is constantly on the hunt for our new collection. Her aim to unify her long love of textiles, innate curiosity of the handmade and inspiration from travels across the globe.
Her recent travels to Italy had us swooning over the latest design from Europe at the expansive Salone del Mobile in Milan. The Milan fair had an extra 150,000 visitors this year, over 700,000 design lovers seeking the latest. Shelley found the fair a true inspiration and cemented the Boyd Blue collection as on point to the world stage. While here at Boyd Blue we follow our own design direction, Shelley was quick to notice trends in bright rich deep colors of green, teal, blue, blush through to rich deep reds, purples, golds along with sumptuous velvets on upholstery and tropical prints with geometric patterns.
From the surprising heat of Milan she then visited a 50 year old family run textile Mill that is producing performance acrylic solution dyed outdoor fabrics, then onto 2 other family owned and operated mills producing stunning jacquards, linens, sheers, wools. Our Creative Director found the experience incredibly educational and heartwarming to see how passionate the Italians are about keeping this textile industry alive in Italy. While 10 years ago there were over 450 textile mills in the Como area the impact of the GFC and Asian competition has left barely 45 mills in production.
Onward to the picturesque Lake Como to experience the charm of the lakeside location that is standout destination from roman times to todays’ celebrities and Shelley is no exception. The ancient architecture to luxurious surrounds are brimming with breathtaking moments.
From Lake Como to a villa in the Tuscan sun of Chianti and a divine 8 course meal, and of course, a few investigations of the local wine confirmed Tuscany is a notable point in the journey. Next stop, Florence where Shelley was welcomed at the Milu Hotel on the famous via Tornabuoni Street in an elegant 14th century building, amazing location in the heart of Florence’s historical center finished in a stunning collection of contemporary artworks all throughout the hotel. Elsewhere the beautiful continues within historic buildings, churches, Ponte Vecchio, incredible shop fitouts, stunning interiors in some of the Restaurants and hotels we visited including Gucci Garden. The House debuts the Gucci Garden inside the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, which housed the Gucci Museo. Conceived by creative director Alessandro Michele, the newly designed space features a store with one-of-a-kind items, the Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura— a restaurant by three-Michelin-star chef—and the Gucci Garden Galleria exhibition rooms curated by critic Maria Luisa Frisa. Stunning.
A brief stop at the The Spa at Il Sereno, built over a century ago, but transformed recently by well-known designer Patricia Urquiola before heading homeward bound. Shelley Boyd made for a stopover at Dubai’s Design Centre for a dose of design before heading back to Australia to draw from the collection of moments to shape our next Boyd Blue releases.