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Utopia Kitchen and Bathroom talks to Annette Taylor-Anderson about her designs.

Textile and surface designer Annette Taylor-Anderson is set for interior design stardom with her bold and graphic prints.

The future is looking rather rosy for Annette Taylor-Anderson.  The young textile and surface designer has just launched a brand new tile collection through Criterion Tiles and has a contacts book fit to burst thanks to a successful trip to Paris, where her wallpaper and artistic tile designs went down a storm.

After Graduating in Textile Design and Surface Decoration, Annette set up her own company, ATADesigns, which specialises in print design for the interior – primarily products for wall spaces.  

Annette’s unique designs are abstract, sometimes linear, futuristic or funky and a bridge between fine art and textiles.  The designer’s bold wallpaper designs have guaranteed ‘wow’ factor, while her tile creations can introduce texture, colour and intrigue to any kitchen or bathroom.  Brimming with ideas and energy, Annette is passionate about her work and takes pleasure in producing designs that people would enjoy in their homes.  Here, the up-and-coming designer tells Utopia all about herself and her skill…

Tell us about your designs?  The majority of my designs are graphic, with elements of drawing and photography in them.  Although I do still draw and paint, I carry a camera and sketchbook all the time where I enjoy drafting future ideas and taking pictures.  My designs are usually abstract, bold and colourful, and suit the wallpaper and tiles well.

What sets your inspiration sensor into overdrive?   Working randomly without a brief, design after design just seems to happen.  I’m fascinated by new and old finds.  I adore big industrial sites, rail tracks and buildings, giant machines like cranes and old trucks.  Sometimes I find it hard to switch off, as my mind is always busy with ideas.

How can your designs enliven a home?  My designs are produced as wallpaper, artistic ceramic wall tiles, and wall hangings.  Each design and product has its own unique style and can brighten any wall space, interior or exterior.  To complement these designs, a range of cushion designs will be added to my product range soon.

What are you working on at the moment?  My tile designs have been discovered by one of the most forward thinking tile shops in the UK, Criterion Tiles, established for 25 years with the sole purpose of selling the most interesting tiles available worldwide.  Criterion Tiles will be the first retail operation to major on my tiles and I have worked with their manager Tom Sedgwick to design a new display for their shops.

What does the future hold for Annette Taylor-Anderson?  I think that the future is bright.  I have a new cushion collection appearing on my website, and a new shop in Paris will be selling my wallpaper.  I’m really excited to introduce my ideas to a wider public, particularly with the imminent launch of my tiles at Criterion Tiles in its London shops.”

Utopia Kitchen and Bathroom, April Issue – Published 2008

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