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Jonathan Saunders fashions a Jamaican hotel pool

Jonathan Saunders fashions a Jamaican hotel pool

At the five-star Sensatori Resort


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Jonathan Saunders revisits his product design roots, designing and accessorising a pool area of a Jamaican hotel

Before Jonathan Saunders ventured into the world of fashion design, he started out his career as a product designer. For his latest project, the designer has returned to his roots, designing a pool area at the five-star Sensatori Resort in Jamaica, a collaboration with British holiday company, Thomson. "There were lots of things that attracted me to this project," Saunders revealed. "I'm always inspired by interiors but I've never done anything like this – not since art school anyway –although I do a lot of interiors research for my collections. I started this project in the way I begin any collection – with moodboards, a colour palette and fabrics – to create something that feels to me like the Saunders girl on holiday."

Saunders worked with a team of architects on the project to develop a vibrant space he noted is "lived-in, tactile warmth. Not too sterile." As well as adding his creative flair to the hotel, Saunders has designed a beachwear collection featuring bags and sarongs – which will be given to guests at the hotel. For those not fortunate enough to jet off to the Caribbean, Thomson will also be selling the items.

"This has really given me a bug. And I've always wanted to do furniture," Saunders said adding: "Obviously I have to go to the resort as they're getting ready to launch, so I'm looking forward to a working holiday, too."

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