Back in September I featured the new wallpaper collection from UK textile company Flock, who work with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles for interiors. Flock has since launched a new collection called Blocks – a Yorkshire wool textile that’s available as a throw and cushion, and also to purchase by the metre.
“Geometric patterns can be bold and playful creating a fun update to a room that’s neither masculine or feminine,” Jenny Wingfield reflects. “But they can also be very restful; elegantly simple geometric forms and repeating lines have a rhythm that it is satisfying and soothing to the eye.”
Jenny is the Creative Director of Flock, a London-based design company that works with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles – and now also wallcoverings – for interiors. When I came across Flock I was immediately drawn by the dynamic aesthetic of these designs and also by the ethos behind the company. As it says on the website: ‘Flock aims to create a unique pathway for new designers and represents some of the UK’s most exciting emerging British talent.’
I’ve had this house in mind for a long time – these photos have been sitting in my ‘drafts’ folder on Tumblr since last year! I remember the article in Dwell that introduced me to this house in The Netherlands, and now realise that said article dates from July 2012. It’s a cliché but time really does fly!
But you can probably understand what drew me to this house from that first photo above – the volume, the open plan layout, that gorgeous grey-toned palette, and the interplay of textures all work together to create an interior that is both understated yet dynamic.
Having a love of textiles is very much my default setting, and particularly, I’ve realised, when it comes to woven textiles, so I was intrigued when woven textile designer Heather Shields got in touch to introduce her latest collection of contemporary cushions and blankets called PLAY. I instantly connected to Heather’s striking geometric designs and punchy colour palette, and, aesthetics aside, I also admire her commitment to supporting her fellow British manufacturers and suppliers.
Heather launched her own business in June 2014, and was selected to take part in the Craft Council’s Hothouse programme for emerging makers in December that year. Based on the west coast of Scotland, Heather designs her cloth using a traditional dobby loom, handweaving samples with carefully selected yarns using a bold colour palette.
If you’ve been following Copperline for a while you may recall that I’ve featured Seven Gauge Studios here twice before (yes, I am that big a fan): first back in 2013 as an In Conversation With feature with the company’s founder, textile designer Joy Bates, and then in January last year when I wrote about the latest collection at the time. So when Joy got in touch to introduce her new collection for Autumn/Winter 2015 I had to share it.
If you’ve been following Copperline over the last few months then you may have seen my earlier In Conversation post when I chatted with textile designer Joy Bates of Seven Gauge Studios about her journey to launching her business in 2010, and the inspiration behind her designs. I was delighted when Joy got back in touch to share some images of her new designs, the geometric Metro and the chevron patterned Trad, which are being launched at the trade exhibition Home in London.