Following a recent trip to Tokyo, designer Heather Moore’s eyes were opened to the importance of plants in the city environment. Inspired by her surroundings, and a heightened awareness of the relationship between concrete spaces and urban foliage, she set to work on a new Skinny laMinx fabric collection entitled ‘Paradise is Here’.

‘Paradise is Here’ expresses the energy and exuberance of city plants, and how they afford us respite, escape, encouragement, and an opportunity for expression. Their zig-zag softening of hard lines, the gentle shade they make, the exuberant wildness they evoke as they grow from sidewalk fissures, all help us to remember that we’re not machines in this relentless urban world. “Taking the time to notice and to care for the plants around us, amidst the concrete, allows us to cultivate our own better selves, “ says Moore.

The ‘Paradise is Here’ collection consists of four new fabric designs:

Zig Zag

This design was conceived when palm fronds were spotted poking through the slats of a wooden fence, softening a barrier, and creating the amusing impression that the plants were inquisitive about what lay on the other side of the fence.

Palmetto

Rough, scratchy zig-zag lines make up exuberant, fanning leaf shapes that promise shady escape. 

Airborne

Exuberant organic shapes take playful flight – like falling leaves or journeying seeds – across a featureless grid.

Fronds

At one view, this design is epilepsy-inducing – all jagged, crazy, noisy, jarring shapes – but a shift in perspective evokes the soothing shadow play of palm fronds. 

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