“From the moment I sat in my high chair, I knew I was destined to design furniture…” says Douglas James with a cheeky grin.
“Once I’ve come up with an idea I usually sit at my desk and start drawing by hand. My designs always grow organically. I never quite know where they’re going to take me or how the finish result will look.”
“Inspiration is everywhere, but I’ve been getting more and more interested in Art Deco architecture. From London buildings such as the Hoover, Michelin, and Daily Express buildings to Frank Lloyd Wright, who also dabbled in textiles. They’re incredible structures with captivating lines.”
“I’ve loved textiles for as long as I remember. I did an art foundation course and went on to study textile design at Central Saint Martins – it’s where I discovered that I’m a weaver. Creating woven fabrics is immensely time consuming and honestly, quite frustrating at times, but it’s hard to describe just how satisfying […]
Renowned for their fine detail, meticulous patternwork and beautiful colour palettes, Liberty Art Fabrics is recognised worldwide as a pioneering force in print design and textile innovation. A branch of the original Liberty emporium on London’s Regent Street, Arthur Liberty began working with local artisans alongside the exotic goods he was importing from the Far East […]
“I founded Bococo with Julia Sandoval and Emily Arciszewska. We have a shared philosophy to create unique, hand-made products with a story and a soul. My heritage is Filipina-German and our aim is introduce traditional Filipino patterns to the international design community while supporting the artisans of disappearing crafts. We discover our inspiration in global travel. […]
“There’s no such thing as a typical day’s work for me. One day I might be at a show, the next in my studio, I may spend a morning drawing and an afternoon doing admin or speaking to production houses from all over the world. If I could I’d be creating new prints from dawn til dusk, […]
We asked Anja how she thinks people would describe her work in three words. “Colourful, folkish, and fresh”, she said.
“I remember the day that my first Swoon design sold out – the Ando. It’s been the most rewarding day for me so far. It’s a piece that I’d sketched a couple of years ago but I’d never been able to develop it. I have more freedom here. Calculated risk is encouraged. It was a welcome relief to know […]
“Most of our designs begin life as wallpaper. That’s what makes up the core of our collections and it’s the first product we launch all of our prints on. We can find inspiration anywhere but there’s always some sort of personal connection to either one of us. We’re both social history buffs so we always […]
“The way that I design is quite organic. I like to focus on the interaction of colour and pattern, and developing that idea is often very experimental. I sit at my loom and interlace colours, I explore different weave structures, and I swap between digital screen work and traditional making techniques. I’ll weave my own […]
“The two prints I’ve produced for Swoon Editions form part of my Peggy collection; inspired by the life and work of Peggy Angus. I was inspired by the personality of her designs and the techniques she used. I’ve tried to maintain that same artisanal, hand-painted quality in my textiles.”
“Inspiration can definitely come from the unexpected, but I’m almost always influenced by my travels. My family moved a lot when I was younger and I often find elements of Middle Eastern and Nordic cultures wind their way into my designs – sometimes totally subconsciously.”
“We’re no ordinary design studio. We travel around the globe, gathering art, textiles and literature to create our vintage archives. Really we’re collectors, creators and historians, as well as designers. We house roughly 200,000 original pieces from eras as early as the 1800s right up until the present day, with most of our clients being in the […]
“Everyday is different for me. Running a small business means I wear many hats. Some days are purely spent designing or researching ideas for new prints. A lot of time goes into developing new products and making sure they’re exactly right. Social media is taking up more and more of my time too. It’s important […]