Design trends: celebrating Chinese year of the snake

Snakes are bang on trend for spring — with the Chinese Year of the Snake starting on February 10. The slithery reptile has made its way into the spring's home trends, decorating walls, kitchenware and accessories
Snakes are bang on trend for spring — with the Chinese Year of the Snake starting on February 10.

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1. Snake wall panel
Snake wall panel by Albertus Seba (18th-century Dutch pharmacist, zoologist and collector), custom-printed on to birch plywood panels (with grain showing through) from the Natural History Collection at Surface View. From £145 for 50 x 50cm panel — call 0118 922 1327 (surfaceview.co.uk).
2. Linen print cushion
Lelievre Marlon linen print cushion in the pattern of a Boidae non-venomous snake, with a pearlised finish. Available in three natural colours. A 40 x 40cm cushion is £53, or the fabric is £114 a metre at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Call 020 7352 4798 (lelievre.eu).
3. Porcelain snake platter
Porcelain snake platter (£29) and storage jar (£24.95), from Dwell, with seven London stores — in W1, SW17, NW2, W12, E20 and in Richmond and Kingston. Call 0845 675 9090 (dwell.co.uk).
4. Cushion in Komodo fabric
Jean Paul Gaultier Sagesse cushion in Komodo fabric with leather piping, 48 cm by 35cm, available in choice of four colours — graphite (shown), beige, laque and nuit, £76. At Lelievre — call 020 7352 4798 (lelievre.eu).
5. Serpent mirro
Finished in 23.5-carat pure gold, this English Georgian twin serpent convex mirror is from the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, SW10. Call 020 7351 4433 (englishgeorgian.com).
6. Python wallcovering
New at Liberty is this Python wallcovering by Casamance. The paper-backed vinyl is £79 a roll, (70cm wide x 10mm), and comes in purple, grey, brown or silver. Call 020 7734 1234 (liberty.co.uk).
7. Snake napkin ring
Platinum-plated snake napkin ring with crystals by L'Objet, £135 for a set of four. Call 01376 321100 (amara.co.uk).

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