The young London interior designer Luke Edward Hall describes his aesthetic as "Greco-Roman meets crumbling English country house with a dash of Palm Springs." His new line of embroidered pillows—available at his website, —deftly brings together all three sources of inspiration, with motifs drawn from the classical world: an Ionic column, a Keatsian vase, and a serpent that might have slithered out of a Hellenic myth. Other designs, including an anchor, a palm tree, and a branch of coral, radiate Mediterranean warmth, making them the ideal summery accessory for a vacation cottage. Each handmade pillow is made of richly colored linen, with a contrasting silk trim. "I couldn't fathom a life without color," Hall says. "I don't own a single piece of black clothing."
Hall studied menswear design at Central Saint Martins College; the indie singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf became a fan of Hall's fashions, and wore them on tour. In 2013 Hall joined the studio of quintessentially English interior designer Ben Pentreath. "Ben has superb, faultless taste, and I wanted to learn from him," says Hall. "I've always had an interest in historic interiors and visiting British country houses." (His travels through the British Isles and beyond, along with his other artistic, literary, and musical passions, are documented on his online journal, .) Hall's pillows are the first step in launching his own range of products—printed fabric designs, as well as limited edition prints of his illustrations, are forthcoming. "Quite simply," he says, "I hope to make fun, bold products that are classic, modern, and elegant."