Miami motifs: costumier Catherine Martin designs textiles for Mokum

homeware in collection of fabrics for Mokum Textiles
Academy Award-winning costume designer has turned her hand to homeware, with her collection of fabrics for Mokum Textiles
(Image credit: Catherine Martin)

There seems to be no end to Catherine Martin’s creativity. The Australian star has won four Academy Awards and a Tony for her costume and production designs, created a menswear range for Brooks Brothers, supplied the vision for the Faena Hotel Miami Beach and turned her hand to homeware collections. Her latest creation is her third fabric range for Mokum Textiles, entitled 'Paradiso'.

'I spent a lot of time in Miami when I was working on the Faena Hotel project,' says Martin speaking from New York, where she’s working with husband Baz Luhrmann on a forthcoming Netflix series, The Get Down. 'The glamorous 1950s vibe of Miami, as well as huge amounts of research into the 1940s hotel scene there, really led me to a couple of motifs that were very popular in that time period,' she explains.

Those motifs are flamingoes and the sun. They’re joined by a third design, a coral pattern. All are available in a number of colours, and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

This type of design work gives Martin the opportunity to express her own ideas. 'When you work on a story in movie-making or opera or musical theatre, your inspiration always needs to be the essential story – and helping the director and actors tell that story,' she explains. 'When I design fabrics there is discipline involved and you have to think about the material and the world in which you're working. Designing fabric allows an enormous amount of creative freedom so it’s lots of fun.'

And her perfect piece of furniture for the range? An Eames rocker in white, finished with Helios fabric in yellow. 'I can only imagine that for a Saturday afternoon on a sunny spot on your porch, reading a good book and drinking a glass of wine, there couldn't be anything better.'

homeware in collection of fabrics for Mokum Textiles

The Australian star has also bagged a Tony for her costume and production designs, as well as creating a menswear range for Brooks Brothers

(Image credit: Catherine Martin)

homeware in collection of fabrics for Mokum Textiles

The colour and exuberance of Miami’s 1950s hotel scene inspired Martin’s new collection

(Image credit: Catherine Martin)

flamingoes and the sun on fabric

Martin’s designs feature flamingoes and the sun. They’re joined by a third design, a coral pattern, and all are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use

(Image credit: Catherine Martin)

Catherine Martin

Martin loves working on fabric and textile design projects, as they offer her the luxury of creative freedom not always afforded by designing for film or TV.

(Image credit: Catherine Martin)

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