To coincide with January 2019’s Second Home campaign, we asked six diverse curators to interpret their Liberty habitats with hand-picked edits.
Housing six floors of fashion, beauty, homewares, hard-to-find objects and a never-ending library of fabric, Liberty has long been a place for shoppers to dwell. Emerging in1924, our flagship was designed to feel like home; engineered around three atriums, each surrounded by smaller rooms.
Here, our six curators offer their vision of Liberty; realised in a selection of personal objects that they invite you to explore.
Based between Brighton, London and Los Angeles, Vampire’s Wife founder Susie Cave’s love of Liberty prints feeds into her designs. Having launched her fashion label exclusively at Liberty in 2017, Cave has become known for combining delicate lace with darker overtones to create a new harmony – a compelling aesthetic that sits back to her own.
What makes your house home?I need all my things around me when I travel, Cire Trudon candles and photographs and books and music and drawing books and jasmine tea and teapots and all my dresses and shoes and makeup. I travel heavy! Very heavy! This travelling circus of things is my home.
How would you describe your design aesthetic? Theatrical and sensual.
What does Liberty mean to you?Liberty is simply the most beautiful shop in the world. The building itself is so otherworldly – all the wood! But of course, in the end it is the classic Liberty fabrics that have become the mainstay of the Vampire’s Wife collection.
Can you tell us about your edit?Simple! It’s stuff I love!
When did you first discover Liberty?As a child, maybe eight years old, my grandmother gave me a little notebook with a floral Liberty print cover. It was my dream-book that I used to sketch into. Then my mother took me to London one day and we visited the Liberty shop. It was like walking into some magical realm. That my dresses are now hanging in the store, well, I can’t begin to describe what that means to me!
Where do you go to unwind?My husband’s arms! Corny, I know, but true. If he’s not around, well, there is Arthur’s on 2 for jasmine tea.
Hannah Weiland is the London-based designer behind cult label Shrimps. Having given faux fur an image overhaul with her technicolour cruelty-free coats, she unwittingly drove the fashion industry to follow suit. A regular through the Liberty doors, Weiland resides in a little mews house near Portobello road.
What makes your house home?My husband, my dog, my art, my Shrimps coats (there are a lot of them).
How would you describe your design aesthetic?I love colour and print.
What does Liberty mean to you?Liberty represents creativity, it is a representation of new and established talent, beautiful decor and the loveliest feeling when you walk in the door.
Can you tell us about your edit?I have always shopped at Liberty so a lot of the edit are things I own; the perfume, the candles, the Matilda Goad lampshades, the REN beauty products. I recommend them all.
When did you first discover Liberty?When I was probably about five, I loved it so much
Do you have a favourite Liberty memory?Liberty is my first memory of central London, my dad used to have an office on Newburgh street, just around the corner. I would go in and visit him with my mum when I was little, followed by very fun shopping at Liberty.
Where do you go to unwind?The English countryside.
Credited with introducing new concepts to our in-house collections, Liberty London’s British-born, Canadian-raised Director of Product Amelia Hornblow lives and breathes colour, print and texture. Having worked in both London and New York, Hornblow settled in the UK a year ago – and now lives in Barnes, London with her husband and daughter.
What makes your house home?My family and being surrounded by all the things we love and have collected together on our travels.
How would you describe your design aesthetic? I want our home to feel joyful, vibrant and evoke the feeling of holiday. The fountain coffee room at the Beverly Hills Hotel is still one of my most favorite places – Soft Pink and Palm-Leaf Green are definitely my two favorite interiors colors. My husband and I also love mid-century modern homes, particularly in California, with the inside/outside living style and for the linear/ranch style house design.
What does Liberty mean to you?Liberty has always been a sacred place for me – the charm of shopping here stays with you and creates new memories. For me, it’s a piece of nostalgia to decades gone – I can experience my favourite design eras through the Liberty edit and in the prints, and mix it all together.
Can you tell us about your edit?My edit definitely speaks to my love of colour, eclecticism and joyful spirit! The botanicals speak to my need of always being surrounded by nature. The Liberty London silk jumpsuit in Oasis print brings it all together – decadent loungewear, holiday and botanicals!
When did you first discover Liberty?As a teenager, through my mum. My parents grew up in Coventry and after art school they lived this incredibly creative and bohemian life travelling the world, collecting art and antiques and making a lot of their own furniture and designs. My Mum has always favoured Liberty from a fashion and design sense – she passed that on to me.
Do you have a favourite Liberty memory?There used to be a champagne bar on LG. On the evening before I moved from London to New York, I had a glass of champagne and toasted to this next chapter of my life. I can still feel the sense of excitement and anticipation and picture exactly where I was sitting.
Where do you go to unwind?We go the Pacific Northwest of Canada/US to visit friends and family or we retreat to Bali to our bamboo family hide-away.
Based in Holland Park, design aficionado Jerome Dodd is the founder of Les Couilles du Chien; an antique and interior design concept with a unique mix of styles and periods - encompassing new and unusual items from around the world. Having launched in 2016, the space on 4 has become an integral part of our mock Tudor flagship.
What makes your house home?The pieces that I have collected over the years, my family, the people that visit and the style of the interior.
How would you describe your design aesthetic? Purposeful. I like interiors and objects to represent personality or location and to be clearly defined. I love detail but hate clutter.
What does Liberty mean to you?Liberty to me means individuality and craft . I love the confidence and individuality of the physical building along with its history steeped in British craftsmanship.
Can you tell us about your edit?I have chosen from our own stock pieces that make you stop and think and question what they are along with some of my favorite pieces of lighting. I have also included products and clothing that I would wear, use or have in my own home.
When did you first discover Liberty?Shopping for fabrics with my mother.
Do you have a favourite Liberty memory?Discovering the menagerie of carved animals on the handrail of the atrium on the third floor.
Where do you go to unwind?When in London I take Ziggy my black spaniel for a long run in Hyde Park and when not in London I often stay at this wonderful cottage in Wiltshire which is curated with the finest of British craft.
The creative force behind Wild of Heart, Nikki Tibbles’ beautiful blooms brighten up our main Great Marlborough Street entrance. With a love of colour, print and, of course, flowers, Tibbles live with her partner and an abundance of rescue dogs in a Notting Hill townhouse.
What makes your house home?Home to me is a feeling, a feeling of relaxation and comfort – a place I love to escape too after a busy day. I love my house filled with family and friends... and animals. The perfect home to me is filled with animals - cows, pigs, donkeys - all rescued.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?Eclectic, assorted, colourful and chaotic – although always organised chaotic! I love pattern on pattern, colour on colour.
What does Liberty mean to you?Liberty London is iconic in every sense. From the building it’s housed in, to its wonderful fabric and print. Liberty is colour, print, vibrancy... it's basically all I love, traditional yet modern, relaxed and effortless - with a big focus on sustainability.
Can you tell us about your edit?I really wanted to reflect my life and everything that I love in my life with this edit. From print, colour, texture and scent to fashion, art and of course - flowers. I absolutely love Mary Katrantzou, Astier de Villatte, Byredo, Tom Dixon, books and reading... all is reflected in my edit.
When did you first discover Liberty?When I first came to London 20 years ago.
Do you have a favourite Liberty memory?Designing a Liberty print fabric and being a judge on the panel of your textile designers at Central Saint Martins.
Where do you go to unwind?I love to escape to the country. My country house is a treasure trove of everything I love, and there’s nothing more relaxing than heading back after a long day to be with my partner and rescue dogs. Equally, I love London. London holds so much colour, energy, diversity and inspiration. I often visit a gallery like the V&A or the Tate Modern, or walk around Hyde Park or Hampstead Heath with my dogs.