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Heather Moore from Skinny laMinx is one of few textile designers who can produce new designs fast enough to satisfy our normally insatiable hunger for novel prints and patterns. She launched her latest collection in mid-May, and we have to admit we're already in love. The new range, which comprises a palette of moody greys, cool blues, pale greens and yellow, is inspired by the architectural feature known as brise soleil, screens of perforated bricks or concrete (like the one seen below) used to block the harsh rays of the sun while also providing ventilation and privacy. This interesting style became a distinctive character of mid-century buildings in regions with tropical climates, and it has long been an interest of Heather's, who has been taking photos of such walls during her travels for years.

PATTERNS Muizenberg01 A brise soleil wall in Muizenberg, Cape Town

Needless to say, she took her records of brise soleil features and turned them into intriguing textile patterns in the way that only Heather can. There are three different designs in the collection - Aperture, Weft and Breeze - each available in three different colourways, and all are meant to reflect the optimism of mid-century architecture and the comfort and harmony found in a repeating motif.
BRISE SOLEIL Fabric rolls Rolls of brise soleil fabric: Aperture, Weft and Breeze (from left  to right)

To illustrate the strength of each print,  Skinny laMinx partnered with four Cape Town-based furniture manufacturers to cover one of their signature pieces in one of the new designs. We have to say we'd happily have any of the below looks in our homes - they're supremely covetable.
SkinnyLaMinxLIM A steel daybed from LIM upholstered in Skinny laMinx's Weft design in the concrete colourway.

skinnylaminxSaks-Corner The Clarke Sofa from Saks Corner is reimagined in the new Breeze fabric in the colour moonbeam.

SkinnyLaMinxThe-New-Modernist The New Modernist's sectional 50s reproduction sofa is covered in the new Aperture pattern in the concrete colourway and complemented with scatter cushions in other Skinny laMinx fabrics.

skinnylaminxBofred One of Bofred's single seaters looks fabulous in Skinny laMinx's new Breeze pattern in the petrol colourway.

To find out more about the new collection and to purchase the designs in cushion cover form or by the metre, visit