62 DESIGNNEWENGLAND.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015
A childhood fascination with the night sky led Oliver Blumgart to a career in textile design
written by judith carter • photographed by eric roth
Peripatetic 43-year-old designer Oliver Blumgart spent he first half of his life in the United Kingdom before decamping for Massachusetts, including Wellesley, Beverly, and Hamilton, where he recently opened a retail showroom displaying his namesake collection of fabrics, wallpapers, and home accessories. The line
is an outgrowth of Blumgart’s watercolor paintings depicting abstract,
geometric designs. His work is fresh, classic, modern, and elegant, an
antidote to been-there-done-that predictability, and versatile enough
to fit in a wide range of settings, from cutting edge to traditional.
Blumgart came early to his artistic sensibility. Born in Cardiff,
Wales, he moved with his family shortly thereafter, first to Scotland,
took successive posts. Wherever they touched down, his parents’
devotion to art and architecture ensured that Blumgart made regular
treks to historic and cultural landmarks.
“My sister and I spent years being dragged through every
museum, chateau, and grotto around — from Knossos to Versailles,”
he says. “But I was easily distracted, always looking up, down, or side-
in his airy Hamilton, Massachusetts, showroom, Oliver Blumgart channels
Mario Buatta, the “Prince of Chintz,” as he models a cotton chintz blazer
tailored in his signature North Star pattern. The club chairs and ottomans are
in upholstery-weight cottons, French dining chairs are in silk, and the
down-filled pillows are in cottons and linens.