Buying British has always been of great importance to us, and that was at the forefront of our minds when selecting producers and manufacturers to work with and that would compliment our printed linens for the production side of our company. Along our journey, we came across a small, independent paint makers in Norfolk, Fenwick & Tilbrook.
We instantly fell in love with their beautiful earthy colour palette and after speaking with Simon Tilbrook, we also felt a connection through their strong core values as we share a similar ethos; that all product offerings should be made to the highest standards possible yet in a sustainable manner. Like us, they have invested a huge amount of time and money researching the best ingredients and carrying out trials to enable them to offer an exceptional product, with strong and stable pigmentation plus the ability to withstand the tests of time.
Since finding this gem of a company, we have been extremely keen to work with their extensive colour palette as their colours compliment our fabrics beautifully.
We are excited to be trialling their paints in our upcoming photoshoot for our latest collection but in the meantime, we thought we would explore how their colours work with our designs! We have shown the paints with our popular fabrics Hummingbird Stripe, Cymepaye Toile de Jouy in Blush and English Pheasant Stripe in Charcoal.
Fenwick & Tilbrook make all their paints to order enforcing strict quality control before the paint is delivered fresh to their client the next working day.
Like us, they also offer a colour matching service so if you cant find exactly what you are looking for, let them know and they will mix it especially…with only a minimum order of 1ltr!
Visit Fenwick and Tilbrook to view their spectacular range and order your sample pots!
Although our tastes here in the studio have always tended somewhat to the darker side (not that you’d know it with our cheery bluetits, even if they were inspired by a taxidermy installation!), I have always been entranced by the confident and invigorating work of Kit Kemp, the creative mind behind Firmdale Hotels.
She uses a mix of colour, texture and pattern in a mind-blowing manner that somehow always seems to just work, perhaps picking up tiny thread of colour throughout, or a pattern recurring here and there.
Whereas the majority of interior designers tend to work with scarcely more than five or six fabric suppliers for the most part, tied by a huge investment in their books and samples, Kit Kemp uses ikat, prints, florals, embroidery, felt, wool, suzani, silk, tapestry, stripes, insects in big pastel watercolour pinks – she rules out nothing in her schemes, which means she must have an extraordinary memory – or studio archive – or both. Can you imagine looking through her sample collection?
Kit Kemp – Firmdale Hotels
The plain fabric you choose to pair with a dramatic print is just as important as the print itself. You can’t cover a whole room in our Parakeets on natural linen, but a brightly coloured and richly detailed print needs thoughtfulness and care when it comes to integrating it into a scheme. As I love texture and anything with a hint of subverted antique, John Boyd’s wonderful horsehair textiles seem to provide a perfect foil to a complex print, or to ground a modern scheme.
The knowledge of the age and complexity of the manufacturing process, which struggles to source sufficient hair locally nowadays, importing it from countries that still routinely use working horses, coupled with the unique texture, and pleasing limitations of width, make this a material that requires thought and skill to use to its fullest potential. It is also, however, tough and resilient, hence its appearance in public places – bar stools, the seats at the Bath Pump Room – it has strength and tremendous utility, as well as taking colour fantastically well, as below in this screen by Ochre.
I very much look forward to pairing these wonderful fabrics with some Tradescant & Son prints in future projects.
1) Manufacturing process
2) Bar Stools, Intercontinental Hotel
3) Horsehair and suede screen, Ochre
4) Hackett Holland bench
John Boyd Textiles Ltd
Weavers of Horsehair Fabrics since 1837
Higher Flax Mills
Telephone: +44 (0) 1963 350451
Ochre is probably best known for its lighting designs – the Arctic Pear and Seed Pebble chandeliers are the two probably best known to me, although the breadth of their creativity is seemingly endless – screens (featured here the other day), chests of drawers, mirrors – even table mats, yet everything is perfectly muted and cool to the point of sombre. It is worth noting that Harriet Maxwell McDonald’s New York loft is anything but gloomy though!
Ochre is one of those design studios that amazes me with their perfect taste and impeccably natural-seeming design. Texture, material and form are wildly different throughout their collection, but all perfectly cohesive. Tarnished mirrors and glass you want to touch, coupled with modern shapes and tactile fabrics make it a very welcoming and comfortable range, that you know you could (if you were lucky enough) easily live with and take pleasure in.
Arctic Pebble, Coco Mirror in Black, Seed Cloud – all available to order from Ochre.
Harriet Maxwell McDonald’s home in New York in Elle Decor, via Niche Modern.
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I am delighted to share with you some more beautiful pieces from the Hunter & Rose debut collection of upholstered furniture, launched in 2015 from their Kent showroom.
The whole collection is available online exclusively from their site, and included a wonderful range of eclectic pieces from all over Europe, loosely drawn together by the theme of natural history.
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