Adding a splash of colour to your home can go a long way. From woven throws draped over the bed, to lambs wool cushions perfectly perched on the lounge, British textile studio Wallace Sewell has got you – and your couch – covered.
British, vibrant and diverse is how Harriet Wallace-Jones defines the highly individual woven textile design studio she co-owns, alongside Emma Sewell. Together, these two are the driving force behind the brand whose signature geometric colour combinations caught the eye of Transport of London and the London Transport Museum and whose woven textiles can be found in homes across the world.
Recognised for their soft furnishings, waffle, triangle and basket weaves, this British brand has a long association with Australian wool, adding texture, softness and resilience to their offerings.
“When dyed, wool can achieve some wonderful colours,” explains Wallace-Jones. “It’s extremely versatile as a fibre, particularly in the finishing process and is used for both fashion and furnishing depending on the weight of yarn.
“Wool is always the preferred fibre for its durability and natural flame retardant properties, among other things. It can be milled, shrunk or felted, enabling the fabric to completely change. Given the right finish, it can feel so luxurious and sumptuous as well.”
The studio’s motivation is to design innovative woven fabrics exploiting industrial techniques, the collaboration thriving on a vibrant exchange of ideas from the dual perspectives of creating textiles for fashion and furnishings.
Work is distinguished by a positive and confident use of colour and an intelligent use of yarn properties and standard weave structures, producing exclusive fabrics of discerning appeal.
“We’ve also been fortunate to work on a number of TFL (Transport for London) projects for moquette seating.” In fact, if you ever travel on the London Overground railway network or the Croydon Tramlink, chances are you’ve been up close and personal with Wallace Sewell upholstery.
Designing and producing products in Britain has always been paramount to Wallace Sewell. Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus for its aesthetic and design ideology, Wallace Sewell strives to unite craft and manufacturing, embracing traditional techniques and working with the British textile industry and its wealth of skills and expertise.
Sourcing Australian wool from Z. Hinchliffe & Sons, the brand is able to achieve a kaleidoscope of colours, with the Pinstripe collection of throws currently the best-seller.
When investing in a quality throw for the home, Wallace-Jones advises to think about its primary use.
“Some throws are used purely for their aesthetics and others are more utilitarian, so it’s important to decide what the throw is needed for. The former can be a more delicate fabric, whereas for others it’s important to be able to pop the throw in the washing machine when needed.
“A Wallace Sewell throw can be the focal or starting point within an interior, or can be used to accessorise. Having so many colours within one piece can make it easier to co-ordinate other pieces around it such as carpets, curtains and upholstery fabric.”
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