The Rapee W18 collections have just launched at Zanui! We were lucky enough to speak to Lisa Robinson, the lead Designer and Product Developer at Rapee, to get the inside scoop. Below she tells us where she finds her inspiration, what we can expect from the latest ranges, and which pieces in the new collections are her faves!
Who is Rapee?
Over the past 35 years, Rapee has steadily built a reputation as one of the premier Australian names in soft home furnishings. They launched Maison by Rapee, a high-end range of soft furnishings, in 2017 to bring designer quality to the everyday consumer.
Both names are well-respected within the interior design world, and it’s very easy to see why. The quality of each collection is incomparable, and the designs… well, they speak for themselves!
Their exquisite ranges of cushions, throws, napery, and rugs are second to none. The colours and patterns often reflect the latest seasonal trends, but their designs are always timeless. They’re destined to keep your interiors looking beautiful for years to come!
Take a look at our exclusive interview with Lisa below…
What can we expect from the brand new Rapee and Maison by Rapee ranges?
We are very excited about the new Rapee and Maison by Rapee Winter ’18 ranges as they beautifully showcase our uniquely designed products.
Maison by Rapee
This season Maison continues to build on timeless elegance and individual style. The collection is divided into three style themes designed especially for different types of Australian homes.
Madison is inspired by luxurious New York apartments, with an offering of rich velvets and modern classic designs.
Tahoe evokes the feel of a cosy wood cabin with a mix of warm natural textures and contemporary tribal motifs.
Then there’s Calypso, which creates a completely different vibe that’s ideal for a coastal escape. It features primarily fresh geometrics in soft sea mist green and ocean teal.
This season Rapee celebrates colour and dramatic graphics.
Let’s start off with Panama. Its bright and bold geometrics bring a fresh pop of cerulean blue to the classic palette.
Our Terrain story combines traditional motifs made modern with earthy natural textures and native elements.
Nocturne is all about winter luxury with jewel toned velvets, modern tapestries and gold embroidery.
Each new collection is always beautiful, but also different from the ones before it. Where do you find inspiration for the designs?
My inspiration comes from so many different avenues – I go to loads of art galleries and gallery openings. I also find that artwork from new and established artists, vintage weave techniques, and travel are great sources of inspiration for me.
I travel to India twice a year and am always amazed at the new and exciting ideas that I find there. It is such a special, inspirational place. Once I am back from a trip we throw our ideas around and just have fun with the possibilities.
Instagram is another huge source of inspiration for me. It’s a great tool to see the latest ideas and to get snapshots of current trends from all over.
Do you have a favourite piece from the new collection (or maybe more than one)?
There are two designs that stand out for me in the Winter 18 range – Gellar and Academy.
Geller is a beautiful single colour print on a woven textured base cloth, which gives it an almost two-dimensional effect.
Academy is a great mix of a jacquard weave with linear tufting, creating both a sculptural and textural look.
Both these designs work so well together and add a touch of elegance to any room.
I also love our new velvet collection, which has been so well received by our customers. The collection is so luxurious and really is the perfect addition to any living space. We are looking to add new colours to what is rapidly becoming our luxe core line!
Do you have any style tips for people looking to experiment with cushions and throws and other soft furnishings at home?
I think adding a few different soft furnishings to your home is the best and often the easiest way to update a room and give it some impact.
Cushions can absolutely transform a room as they show off your personality and reflect your individual style. I recommend everyone experiment with different textures, as they can set the style and tone of your room. Add layers, contrasting textures and an assortment of sizes to bring depth to any living space.
It’s not about perfection. It’s all about creating a beautiful, cosy place to live.
What do you think makes Rapee and Maison by Rapee cushions stand out from others on the market?
I feel that Rapee offers a fantastic range of woven cushions in both the Rapee and Maison ranges. We try to bring beauty into our customers’ homes and help them to create that beautiful living space, whatever their budget is.
I love the versatility of both ranges and how easy it is to mix the two collections together to achieve your own bespoke look.
The interesting weave techniques that we have used in the Tahoe range, for example, set us apart and really offer a point of difference in the marketplace.
About the Designer
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’ve worked in the homewares/interiors industry in various Product Development roles for many years now, with the last two years here at Rapee.
I love designing for Rapee as we only have a small team in PD so we can react very quickly and get ideas to fruition. Here I have the freedom to explore and try different ideas without the constraints that would maybe come with a larger company.
My design process starts with mood boards and ideas that we have seen on our travels. From there the concept and development starts. These concepts are then distilled into three themes for the upcoming season. At the same time we are also looking at trends, working on our colour palettes, and ensuring that there is flow and synergy between the capsules and ultimately our ranges.
We have both amazing in-house design talent and use some very creative freelance designers, which ensures a unique design offer. When we start receiving the first samples of a new product, it’s always very exciting to see how our suppliers have executed our vision!
How would you describe your personal interior style?
My style is definitely eclectic, however in saying that I am quite drawn to the mix of modern and traditional.
I don’t believe I curate a definite look. My signature is more just a mix of pieces that I like. Pieces that have a story behind them and that also happen to work well together.
Throughout my travels I have collected a number of vintage lamps from the 50’s and 60’, as well as artwork from different decades. I love the eclectic look they create in my home.