I love the whole ethos behind Harvey Maria flooring. Mark Findlay founded Harvey Maria in 1994 in the back bedroom of a house in Battersea, together with a loveable, live-wire dog called Harvey who gave his name to the company. Mark wanted to wave goodbye to dull, boring and mundane floor covering replacing it with funky, fun and fresh. Now the company creates fabulous flooring for residential and commercial projects and works extensively in the design industry.
Re-building the philosophy for fabulous floor design
Mark felt that floors were neglected spaces, the poor relations of the interiors world. But now Harvey Maria are launching a new design philosophy that could change the way we design our homes. This philosophy gives floors the chance to shine with a coordinated portfolio of tile collections, all purposefully designed to work together and with Harvey Maria’s primary design vision at its core – placing colour as king and coordination as a prerequisite.
This vision makes strong pattern and colour more accessible, enabling homeowners to use a combination of pattern, colours and woods in flooring design throughout their homes, creating unique interiors which can be perfectly balanced with other design choices.
Looking backwards to move forwards
“Sometimes you have to look backwards to move forwards. You have to re-invent, you have to be a revolutionary. Go back to basics and say ‘lets do this a bit differently’. I believe that we have produced something special in a development philosophy that ultimately gives more control to our customers.“ says Andrew Smith, Harvey Maria’s New Product Development Director.
With their diverse portfolio of contemporary pattern and colour Harvey Maria began joining collections, experimenting with coordinated colours. Referencing historical context, such as traditional arts and crafts and medieval themes, the team created ‘Little Bricks’, the most contemporary collection of plain colours available on the market today.
With the same philosophy in mind they began re-developing their wood collection. The ‘Premium Wood Collection’ is a fantastic stand-alone product but has also been designed to coordinated seamlessly with other collections – great for dividing up larger rooms. I love how the pattern above can work across two colour ways for a completely different feel.
“Each Harvey Maria collection, comprising of multiple products is now an inseparable part of a whole. Nothing stands alone, though all of it can.” continues Andrew. “Our customers are traditionally very brave and very design literate but the use of bold design and strong colour can be intimidating. Providing a toolbox of fully coordinated products opens the door of colour and pattern to more people and to more settings. And that’s what it’s all about, made a little bit safer because it’s all designed to work together.”
Boring flooring? Not any more. I love the co-ordinated look of the latest collections from Harvey Maria which are available online now at harveymaria.co.uk. The new ‘Little Bricks’ and ‘Premium Wood’ collections are also launching exclusively at John Lewis in August.
What do you think of the new Harvey Maria collection? Would you consider combining pattern and colour like this in your home?