Founded in 2010, Ottoline (founded by Ottoline de Vries) is a prolific London-based Dutch design house, inspired by everything from large geometric urban shapes and architecture, to the works of world renowned artists and the splendour of nature and the subtle details that sometimes catch our attention in the most unexpected places.
Ottoline’s artwork is imaginatively transformed into vibrant designs using a mixture of materials including paint, pencil, ink and crayon, creating spirited and edgy collections for the home.
Ottoline’s philosophy has a light-hearted approach to pattern, encouraging those who wish to add personality to the home to be brave and embrace the wonderful spirit that lifts the home and those who live there. Though her designs always feel exceptionally current, traditional techniques such as shibori, the old Japanese approach to dyeing fabric, decorative tribal Suzani practices and even tribal tattoos, all carefully combined with her own distinctive flair.
Born in 1977, Ottoline comes from an artistic background. Her grandmother, a teacher, used to make the most extraordinary dollhouses and four-poster beds, and her mother was an exceptional dress maker, creating beautiful garments in Liberty prints for her to wear.
Initially pursuing a career in law, Ottoline’s creative ability emerged in her early 30s when her talent for upcycling furniture and producing beautiful paintings were suddenly noticed by an interiors store in her then home of Amsterdam.
Besides her own collections of wallpaper, fabrics, lamp shades and cushions, Ottoline also creates custom-made designs, working together closely with her clients to design the perfect patterns for any room in the house.
With her distinct style, Ottoline works with retailers and interior design companies to create patterns for them, and has also designed complete spaces for clients including the Museum Willet-Holthuysen in Amsterdam.