“The Terning plays on two ways of tiling – highlighting the depth and texture of the timber but also angling the grain. So you get a really intriguing pattern over a single wash of timber.”
A flourish seen on traditional furniture from across Europe – particularly British, French and Swedish – lines of brass studding lend a design an antique air. From the Astor ottomans to the Rouen stools, this longstanding technique is one of our favourite finishing touches.
The artisan weavers chat quietly to each other as they sit in pairs. They work in tandem, the Golden Chevron pattern of our Lombard rug creeping steadily up the loom. A craft and a complicated science, people have been weaving for thousands of years. Ambrish Bharti, one of our leading loom artisans, tries to explain […]
“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.”
“Classic, greenhouse, disco.” says textile designer Fanny Shorter when asked how she thinks people would sum up her eye-catching fabrics in three words.
“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.”
Copper is still one of the most lusted-after metallics around. From side and console tables to drawer fronts and stools, introducing copper cladding to a design can be transformative. Go behind the scenes at the workshop where we craft the Hector stool and see how it’s done.
Mukesh didn’t want to be photographed alone. “I like to work with Bheemraj. I would be happier to be photographed with him.”
“We asked Bheemraj what his favourite part of his job is. Instead of naming a specific process, he said: “Every part of your body is important, whether it’s your ear, your eye or your leg. Furniture is the same. It’s made up of many processes, each one is just as important as the others.”
“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 […]
“I’ve dressed smartly since I was a young guy. I don’t do it for the ladies though. Although, I could play on the tailor thing. Maybe offer measuring for blouses…”
“At lunchtime there’s always a lot of joking. The women huddle together and tease one another, especially about their husbands. Who has the smartest husband, and who doesn’t..! We all wear a lot of colour too. A workplace should be uplifting.”
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 […]
Beautifully contoured legs have been commonplace in furniture design for thousands of years. You see it particularly with rustic, country designs like our Astor ottomans. Go behind the scenes of our wood workshop and watch the craft transform the mango wood base.
Tufting. Square, diamond, or buttoned, it’s an upholstery finishing technique that can transform a piece entirely. Our Astor ottomans are all diamond-tufted. Follow the hands that create its luxurious, pocketed effect.
“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. […]
Pradeep has only been working at our carpentry workshop for a year. “My parents taught me to be a good disciple of craft. A good one learns fast, a lazy disciple learns slowly.”
“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, […]
Prem studied geography for his degree. He graduated from Barmer in 2012 but decided academia wasn’t for him so moved to Jaipur to be closer to his two brothers. He started working at the workshop two years ago.
We asked Anja how she thinks people would describe her work in three words. “Colourful, folkish, and fresh”, she said.
At only 21 years old, Akbar is already deemed as one of the master carvers at the frame workshop. “I learnt a lot as a young man at home. There was an excellent carver in my village and he taught me everything he knew. He taught me about tools too, so I started collecting my […]
“I’m originally from Badmir where there’s very little rainfall. I used to have to walk 5-7km to get drinking water so I’m pretty tough. The temperature can reach 40 degrees there so there’s nothing in Jaipur that I can’t handle.”
“I’m very house proud and like to shop at the markets, especially if there are weddings to prepare for. I went to a wedding last month and there were about 500 people there, all dancing. I love to dance.”
We asked Ramcharan what he thought about traditional craft and the younger generation. It somehow turned into an extraordinary tale of pregnancy, elephants, snakes, camels, attracting a mate, and whether the summer was a good time to have babies. We didn’t quite understand how we got there.
“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 […]
Akbar hand-carves every one of our Rouen stools. He describes carving as a ‘divine art’. Literally, a blessed skill. He’s been doing it for over six years and it takes him two-three hours to carve a single stool.
Petite and perfectly formed, the Rouen was one of our earliest French-style pieces and remains one of our most-coveted designs to this day.
“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 […]
A design with a real story to tell, our Sahara collection is made by our artisans in Jodhpur, India. Go behind the scenes to discover how we make the chest of drawers design – a statement piece for bedrooms, dining rooms and even living rooms alike.
“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 […]