A mother leopard helps her cub climb a tree. Elephants parade to a waterhole. Giraffes stretch their slender necks to nibble leaves atop a tree, while zebras frolic nearby. These enchanting scenes of daily life in the bush adorn Jabula, Ardmore’s latest wallpaper collection produced in collaboration with Cole & Son.
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Teeming with wildlife, Jabula is the latest proof that the interior design industry is seemingly wild for, well, nature. Elsewhere, golden tigers, king cobras and other now extinct creatures inspired Arte’s latest collaboration with Moooi; a pair of giraffes mingle with exotic plants in the new Mesdemoiselles decorative cushions by Yves Delorme; and in the recently unveiled Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach, designer Beth Diana Smith filled the dining room’s coffered ceiling trays with a vibrant animal print (Fabricut’s Mighty Jungle).
According to Ardmore founder, Fairy Halsted, there is an explanation for the rise of the jungle spirit. But first, a bit of background: Ardmore, for the uninitiated, got its start over 30 years ago as a ceramics company. The company is named after Halsted Farm, located in a remote corner of Kwazulu-Natal Province in South Africa. Flash forward several decades and the studio, which now boasts over 70 African artists, has expanded beyond its vibrant and highly collectible ceramics (all hand-sculpted and painted), with a range that includes fabrics , furniture, candles, jewelry and even Carrés Hermès.