‘Bespeak the bespoke’
Talking textiles, accessories, acoustic panels, cushions, rugs, upholstered seating and more. This is 300 mm of a 3000 mm drop repeat woven textile (with no area the same throughout) which lends itself to a variety of products, combinations and coordination. Any area of the design can be repeated as an on-going design if required.
A bit of nostalgia.
Printing on wool is trending but here is one we did earlier – 1988 to be precise and our first major bespoke design and supply textile project. This one was for the Inland Revenue’s new build Information and Technology HQ in Telford. The design, to co-ordinate with the new build interior colour specs, featured on a perfectly flat Yorkshire woven wool base cloth for partitioning screens. The same cloth was used for upholstery in several tonal 2 colour textured prints. Cotton fabrics of various designs featured throughout. A big thanks to the late Dr. Veronica Bell for helping us achieve some exacting print and finishing specs. Real team effort with a hugely positive client and hugely talented production crew.
Also 1988 – Our first Taisho sofa prototype covered in our printed wool design ‘Calligraphy’ and shown at the Business Design Centre, London.
‘Bespeak the bespoke’
Chequers design 92% wool/8% nylon. Select a colourway, let us create a colourway or ‘Bespeak the Bespoke’ and we’ll create a design and colourway(s) for a unique environment.
Kansei seating features ‘Strata’ texture on the base with ‘Landscape, Seascape, Escape’ on the back. 92% wool and 8% nylon fabrics.
This piece delivered to Scotland House, Blackfriars, London.
What would you like this image to be?
An upholstery textile, a curtain textile, an accessories textile for cushions, headboard, throw, an acoustic panel, a rug or an art piece? Suitable for contract and residential settings, our new 98% wool/8% nylon textile design is as versatile as you might wish to make it. This image represents 300mm from a unique pattern repeat drop of 3000mm with it’s hugely varied colour and textured effects. Landscape, Seascape, Escape is evocative but reassuring, inspired by each of these words and our rich, natural heritage.
Our very long and strong Saeti sofa with friends
A bespoke 3.5 mtr width version
How do you go about selecting a name for your new products? Naturally there are plenty of influencing factors. I was asked how we chose our names so I thought I’d share a few.
I recently ran this via LinkedIn and featured four of our seating designs.
First off is our seating design ‘blue note’. As a Jazz lover and thinking that the ‘key like’ back rests on our seating coupled with the seat shape temptingly suggesting a sax, I thought of Blue Note. This is jazz and blues terminology referring to a note played at a slightly different pitch than might be expected thus being expressive and variable to each musician.
Second one in our series is seating design ‘4 off the block’ (fully upholstered shown). An original concept with Portland stone for 4 individual seat ‘pads’ is in hand. A fascinating substrate with the smooth variety being perfect for surface pattern making. I am particularly attracted to the Roach and Whitbed varieties with more open texture and fossil evidence being visible. So, 4 seat ‘pads’ – ‘4 off the block’.
Third one in our series is seating design ‘Taisho’ . Admiring of Japanese design and craft, name searching in Japan brought us to the beautiful Lake Taish?, so named because it was formed by the eruption of Mt. Yake in 1915, during the Taish? period in Japan from 1912-1926, a period known as the Taish? Democracy. The piece in the pic is covered in a fine quality wool. Ideal for upholstering around all those curves.
Fourth one in our series is seating design ‘Saeti’. Saeti is the Old Norse and Icelandic word for seat. Iceland is such a mysterious and stunning place, how could I not be influenced by it’s geological wonders. In this case, Saeti evolved from the Basalt columns at Vik beach, albeit in horizontal form.