When a new event is kickstarted in our world, it’s always exciting, particularly when that event features some of our favourite textile designers and manufacturers. The new London Interiors Show, held earlier this week in the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, felt like the start of something fresh, and we were thrilled to be a part of it.
The brainchild of a collective of well-established fabric and interiors brands, spearheaded by names such as Andrew Martin, Ian Mankin, Blendworth and our near neighbours over in Newbury, Ian Sanderson, the show was an independent trade-only pop-up located in the beating heart of London’s Design District.
To showcase their new Jessamy and Callow Stripe linen weaves, Julian Sanderson, who runs the eponymous family firm, Ian Sanderson, got in touch to see if we would consider making up some furniture in their new colour ways — the obvious answer for us was to use four of our newly launched Anton dining chairs which are particularly suited to the bold stripes of Ian Sanderson’s Callow Stripe range. The colours we used were Cotswold Stone, Thyme, Sage and Pimpernel for the close upholstered covers, and we also created slip covers for the chairs in Jessamy Parika, Jaipur, Russian Green and Caroway.
As you can see from the photos, the results were fantastic — we both shared a real sense of pride as I and my brother Alastair walked into the show last Sunday to see these four chairs highlighted right at the entrance. While they looked fabulous in Chelsea, they’d look perfectly at home finishing off a big dining table in a light and airy kitchen, so we can’t wait to use this fabric again.
The show was fascinating — we met up with a number of our friends, but more importantly we came away feeling very positive after the London Interiors Show, and from Focus18 next door in the Chelsea Design Centre. I also took in Decorex last week at Syon Park, so my head’s buzzing with ideas and inspiration right now. We’ll let you know what we thought of it all in a separate blog later this week!