by Penny Martin .

Antonio Ponte, designer at Ken Scott

It's an irresistible story. Horticulturalist Ken Scott's love of flowers and beautiful drawings of his gardens gets him noticed by eccentric art world matriarch Peggy Guggenheim, who prompts him to translate his work into textiles. Whilst they don't do so well in his native America, they really take off in Italy, where the mid- 60s vogue for psychadellic print makes him a star. Three seasons ago -and fifteen after the designer's death- the brand was revived under the custodianship of design duo Antonio Ponte and Paolo Battaglia and the label is stealthily gaining followers who treasure the characterful prints and vivacious palette. Here you see Antonio pausing for a break in his flower-festooned showroom, next to a stool upholstered with Scott's striking 'Calcutta' print design.

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