International interior designer Kate Thornley-Hall has launched a collection inspired by the beauty of the Cayman Islands.
The collection includes contemporary wool and silk hand-woven carpets as well as flat-weave rugs, throw pillows, fabrics and decorative wallpapers, soon to be followed by the introduction of lifestyle products.
“My designs have long been inspired by my love of color and bold patterns,” says Kate, who is based in Toronto.
“I instantly fell in love with the natural beauty and cool sophistication of Cayman and wanted to channel that into a collection that would recall what I experienced – the extraordinary flora and fauna, the rich nautical history, the friendliness of the people and the vivid turquoise waters that were teeming with sea life.”
The designs and color palette of the Kate Thornley-Hall Cayman Islands Collection are influenced by what is both above and below the sea.
This includes starfish, coral, turtles, sea stars, palm trees, trellis work, the Cayman Brac parrot and an old schooner sailing ship.
Kate also pays homage to the islands’ heritage in her Cayman toile design, which is a clever take on the traditional, featuring various points of interest and highlights including Rum Point, the “Old Homestead,” Starfish Point, the sugar bird and more.
Kate visited Cayman at the beginning of 2014 during the Cayman Cookout culinary event, returning in April for a photo shoot of her collection which took place at the Caribbean Club on Seven Mile Beach.
She also visited Little Cayman for two days and plans to take a trip to the Brac on her next visit.
Prior to setting up her own interior design company in 1992, Kate worked for Polo Ralph Lauren, as part of that business’s creative services department based in London.
The Cayman Islands tourism office in Canada partnered with Kate for her Cayman-inspired collection in a bid to promote the Caribbean country as a vacation destination.
“The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism in Canada had seen my work and felt that collaborating would be a unique way to promote the beauty and heritage of the Cayman Islands,” she says.
“Upon meeting and discussing the possibilities, I immediately began brainstorming ideas and then once I visited the destination I just knew I wanted to make the line a reality and to create something completely inspired by the Cayman Islands.”
“To me, the beach is always a celebration, combining the drama of nature with the excitement of a holiday,” says Kate. “Falling in love with the Cayman Islands inspired me to design a line reflecting the romance and history of the three islands and using luxurious fabrics that infuse life and color into the home.”
Kate’s Cayman-inspired pieces are ideal for beach houses and island-style design themes.
“It’s a unique opportunity to work with Kate and we’re excited to have the Cayman Islands associated with her luxury line of interior design products,” says Paul Minich of the Department of Tourism’s Toronto office.
“Travelers often remark that they would love to take a piece of Cayman home with them and now they can.”
With the exception of the hand-woven carpets, which are made in Nepal, the entire Kate Thornley-Hall Cayman Islands Collection is designed and produced in Canada and is available exclusively in Cayman at Bedside Manor in Camana Bay.