Soler London is a brand we love for their colourful hand printed dresses. During the pandemic, Alex Al-Bader decided to collaborate with her sister, the artist Monica Subide, and launch Soler homewares. 'Soler Home' features the same kaleidoscopic illustrations in an assortment of gorgeous table and bed linens, with coordinating playful scatter cushions, as well as other fabrics and wallpapers.
Alex Al-Bader grew up in Barcelona and the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Formentera are a huge source of inspiration for her and Soler's collections. She is currently shooting her A/W 21 and S/S 22 lookbooks in Formentera as well as catching up with friends and family. She is kindly offering us a 10% discount using the code WILLOW10. Here are her top tips for setting a colourful Formentera inspired table for perfect summer entertaining.
I have been coming to Ibiza and Formentera all my life and really these islands are magical places. Their natural beauty and the way of living here really inspires me and our collections at Soler. I am here in Formentera working but also spending the summer holidays with my mum and brother and my family. My son has brought his best friend from England and then my gorgeous nieces have arrived last week. We always catch up with friends who are staying or living here so for me entertaining it's always about being in a big group and celebrating fun times like my birthday!
The feeling in Formentera is relaxed, things do not have to look perfect - for me that's why things look so good here - there is no stress! When I am setting a table I use traditional colourful pottery from the island. I think using a mix of printed plates is so much fun and I like using straw place mats under the plates.
The flowers of course are fresh and wild, whatever is in season, and always candles if it's the evening. For music we like to listen to the sounds of the island, then my niece Alma singing with my husband playing guitar is very beautiful too.
For drinks I am a red wine person for dinner or a cold San Miguel at sunset in a chiringuito.
Because it is hot I wear mainly cotton flowy dresses. My favourites this summer are our Soler hand painted dresses by my sister which blend in the nature of Formentera and you always feel special wearing them because they are all one off. The Antonella dress or my Romantic 1 Kaftan for the beach. For the evening if we are going out - we love going to Can Carlos - then I would wear a beautiful silk Greta georgette dress or a 100% sand washed silk Sila slip dress.