Fabric Inspiration

For this week’s blog we want to focus on fabrics. We just visited Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre to source fabrics and were inspired by the incredible selection we saw.

When we work on an interior design project, we often make use of high quality and beautifully printed or painted fabrics. High quality fabrics can be used for either furnishing or wall coverings and can really infuse charm, colour and elegance into your room. Whether you are choosing fabrics for furniture and small furnishings or larger wall coverings, it is crucial that the colour and design tie in with the look and feel of your interior - if you’re completely drawn to a fabric it can even inspire your overall colour scheme.

Elizabeth Eakins set up her rug and textile business in 1978, with a focus on making by hand. All of her fabrics are made from natural fibers and include linen, hemp and wool blends. We were particularly drawn to this natural hemp linen fabric, ‘Esther Young’ in azure and rose.

We also loved this fabric from Harlequin’s Amazilia collection. The fabric has been digitally printed for accuracy with botanical-style representations of hummingbirds in beautiful and crisp colours. The detail is exquisite and would add both a splash of colour and a real sense character to either a classic or contemporary interior.

Parisian company Pierre Frey has always been a favourite of ours. Founded in 1935, they remain a family owned company who design, create and manufacture fabrics, wallpapers, carpets and furniture. They are real ambassadors of french taste and integrate french craft and style into their work.

We loved the fabric below, from the Collection Braquenie, ‘Les Muses et Le Lion Rouges’. This Toile de Jouy fabric was based on classic designs from their archive. Our favourite colour was this rouge celadon, which is both bold and elegant.

Turnell and Gigon distribute beautiful fabrics which range from both classic and contemporary designs. The designs below, percale persan would add a real charm and character to a room. We loved these deigns in cream and blue colours, the coloured detail looks beautiful over these subtle backgrounds. 

De Gournay at the Met

Our friends at de Gournay have just told us about their involvement at this year’s Met Gala. For those of you less familiar with their work, de Gournay specialise in hand painted wallpaper, fabrics, furniture and porcelain.

Claud Cecil Gurney founded the design house in 1986 after searching for wallpapers for his own home, inspired by Chinese artisans and painters he set about opening his own studio in China. De Gournay still create designs that are inspired by 18th Century Chinoiserie hand painted designs and now work from four studios across China.

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Asian Art department is celebrating its hundredth anniversary with the major exhibition ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’, which also dictated this year’s Met Gala theme. It is the largest exhibition in the Costume Institute’s history, with 16 galleries taking a look at how China has inspired Western fashion designers and how traditional symbols have been re-appropriated. As well as fashion, there are exquisite pieces of porcelain, paintings, calligraphy and costumes.

Alongside several the exquisite garments, de Gournay’s wallpaper sits behind as a backdrop. This work merges perfectly with this theme of how Western design houses have been heavily inspired by Chinese traditions. 

For the Met Gala they also produced stunning details that really helped to produce the Chinoiserie look and feel of the event. They designed and hand painted details including the stage curtain, beautiful tablecloths and even a 40 foot feature wall.