Fiesta tray in the Wall Street Journal

My Fiesta 39cm birch wood round tray with handles has been featured in The Wall Street Journal as one of their five favourite vivid accessories from the 2018 Maison & Objet Design Fair:

Wall Street Journal January 2018

Now available in the US at
Many thanks to journalist Sarah Karnasiewicz  

Asta Barrington
New Fiesta collection

Fiesta collection for Jamida of Sweden

I have designed a brand new collection for Jamida called Fiesta, in three fun colourways designed to mix and match. Dancing spectrum stripes of joyous colour inspired by Nordic knitwear patterns and loopy lace will initially be available on birch wood trays, placemats, coasters, aprons and tea towels.

I absolutely love colour. I love pattern too and sometimes when you put them all together they just fight, so by arranging the colours in some kind of natural order they become more harmonious, like a rainbow or a set of pastels in an art shop. Whenever I start working with a new printing company for whatever product we are developing, I always ask them to print me an entire spectrum so I can easily see the potential and choose individual colours for my designs logically and try to match the different products as much as possible in daylight. The spotty digitally printed fabric shown below is my working colour guide for cotton panama fabric and when I received it I was blown away by the saturation and quality of print so I became very inspired to combine multiple colours together in my new collection.

Matching colours using my colour guide

Some of the design inspiration consistent throughout my career

My embroidered cashmere and silk scarves - my previous work as a designer/maker

Border patterns as well as colour have long been a main feature of my work. Before licensing designs to Jamida I spent my post-college years as an artisan maker of embroidered cashmere and wool blankets and scarves. I developed my own method of machine embroidering intricate wool fringes onto loom-state fabric which was then dyed so the finished article would be a textural and tonal variation of one colour. Dyeing the embroidered fabric could be a rather risky business because if something went wrong with the colour or hot dyeing temperature the whole piece could be ruined. One of my favourite things was working out dye recipes and I created over 120 repeatable shades - an overwhelming choice of colours for some of my customers but useful when honing down shades to a specific palette. I loved to pile up the different blankets and their coloured fancy fringes so they would overlap and create pleasing complex patterns, like scaled up broderie anglaise fabric or woolly wrought ironwork.

The Fiesta collection is launching officially at the Maison et Objet trade show in Paris this month on Jamida's stand, Hall 6 Stand D28. To view and order (wholesale) the entire collection please go to the Jamida of Sweden website.

Asta Barrington
New Doves placemats in Green

New placemats designed to complement the existing Doves collection are now available in the green colourway. They come in two sizes: a smaller A4 size and a larger approximately A3 size. The larger one has an ivory background and the smaller one has the green background but if you are a retailer and would prefer the other way round you can always contact Jamida to order this option. They are all made in the UK from a generous 4.8mm eucalyptus board with heatproof wipeable matt melamine coating and a non slip cork backing.

38x29cm large Doves green table mat

29x21cm small Doves Green place mat

As with all my current designs these products can be ordered wholesale from Jamida.

New Shoal of Fish Rococo trays

I have designed two new options for the Rococo shaped trays in my Shoal of Fish design. These ones feature a patterned oval and come with either a blue background or an ivory background. If you look closely you will see the subtle dotted wave on the backgrounds. It's great fun designing for the individual product shapes but can be a challenge as well!

Jamida Asta Barrington Shoal of Fish rococo tray3.jpg
Jamida Asta Barrington Shoal of Fish rococo tray4.jpg

Both are in stock and available to order wholesale from Jamida, who license my designs onto their products.