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The Pattern Collective

Ottoline

Ottoline is a prolific London based Dutch designer inspired by everything around her from geometric urban shapes, surrealistic art, color and just details from daily life in the streets that catch her eye. 

She just as easily catches iconic imagery from cities such as Amsterdam in her designs as interpretations of naturalistic images such as birds, insects or plants. And with a great sense for trends she immediately translates what she sees into vibrant patterns and edgy contemporary design. 

Though her designs always feel exceptionally current, traditional techniques such as shibori, the old Japanese way of dyeing fabric, decorative tribal Suzani techniques and folkloristic Otomi fabrics or even tribal tattoos play an important part in her collections. Updated in a refreshing, light hearted and distinctive style.

 

‘When I see a beautiful architectural building I immediately notice a pattern.’

 

Ottoline (born in 1977) comes from a creative background. Her grandmother, a teacher, used to make the most extraordinary dollhouses and four-poster beds until old age. And her mother not only created any garment with great ease such as beautiful smock dresses in Liberty-prints but also taught her daughters from a young age how to wallpaper a room, or worse, steam it off again.

Ottoline initially pursued a career in law but her profound desire to create made her set up her own successful design business. 

Besides her own collection in wallpaper, fabrics, lamp shades and cushions, Ottoline also makes custom-made designs working together closely with her clients to create a personalized wallpaper for a kids room or even design the perfect patterns for an entire house. Ottoline has designed complete spaces for clients, such as the Museum Willet-Holthuysen and also creates patterns for fashion labels and other interior design companies.