Art of colour
Linwood’s Head of Design, Ella Richards, has been keenly following The Shop Floor Project since its inception in 2006. Artists Denise and Samantha Allan source the most fascinating array of objects. The main criteria for inclusion on the site is that each piece should be worthy of being passed down through the generations; a rather wonderful sentiment in today’s throwaway society. There are so many beautiful things available, but one that really stood out for us was this print collection based on a remarkable 17th century manuscript that quite possibly features the first colour charts. Each limited edition print is priced at £185.
Velvet isn’t just for sofas…
Family run business Graham and Green travels the world looking for things that bring them joy. From (dare I say those words) unique Christmas decorations to accessories such as animal rugs. If you head over to lighting, you’ll also discover some rather smart mid-20th century inspired lampshades that are covered in Linwood velvet (shown in Duck Egg). Each shade is handmade and features a striking shiny gold inner. Available in five sizes, with prices starting from £69.90.
Entertaining Mr Soane…
The Sir John Soane museum houses the drawings and antiquities of Soane – one of the most influential architects in British history. The museum has been opening its doors to design aficionados since the 19th century, but did you know you can now visit Soane’s country estate, Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing? Bought for the princely sum of £4,500, the house is unique because it was designed, built and lived in by Soane himself. If you are in London this autumn, do try and see the restored interiors.
Colour of the year
Launched to a thorough fanfare, Dulux’s new Brave Ground is a warm earthy tone that helps us connect with nature and the simpler things in life. Thinking of redecorating a room with this nurturing shade? Then here are a few suitable fabrics from Linwood that work perfectly with the colour of the moment.