Inspired by the decoration on an eighteenth century Chinese porcelain snuffbox, Richard’s original watercolor sketches are beautifully reproduced as a fabric with a soft honeycomb pattern in the ground. There is a co- ordinating wallpaper with a crisp plain ground giving a more graphic look to the butterflies.
I have been obsessed by hand painted Chinese wallpaper panels since I first came across the renowned examples at historic Belton House in the UK, at the age of 12. Such papers have been endlessly reproduced, beautifully and authentically, so I decided I wanted to make a no.9 version. Fantastical birds, butterflies and flowers emanate from softly painted plant life, all framed by sashaying bamboo to the sides.
A dynamic patchwork of stencilled patterns, Katazome is named for the resist dyed technique from Japan. There is the original indigo colourway combining the whole variance of different blues from this natural dye. The second colourway references the serenity of celadon porcelain.
As the name suggests this is a comedia del’arte inspired pattern, a few steps removed so it’s not as simple as the original. The confident scale, heavily textured ground cloth and intriguing colour combinations add to the allure of this fabric. A great size for both window treatments as well as for furniture.
A classic eighteenth century toile de jouy has been used as the inspiration for this design. Delicate trailing flowers and leaves are occasionally highlighted with accent colours which gives this design an unexpected rhythm and a twist that one has come to expect from the No.9 Thompson collection
The motif of this simple design is inspired by traditional Indian block prints, with the misregistration of colours and hand made edges adding to the charm. A stylised flower, it almost becomes geometric, reminiscent of a star. Available in three pretty colourways, the fabric could slip into a scheme as a coordinate or could be the star of the show.
Multi coloured woodblock printing was invented in Japan in the 1760s, and our new fabric has the same spirit as these art works. The chunky ground cloth further enhances the hand made aesthetic. There are three colourways: yellow with blue; a pretty duck egg with pink and soft red; Terracotta combined with rich neutrals.
A tree of life, updated for today’s home - the original watercolour artwork has free-flowing shapes, some of the elements almost abstracted by the brush marks. In this design, the mark-making and sinuous flow have become the point, rather than a traditional rendering of a classic design. It is a colour-carrier, its appeal enhanced by the polished finish to the linen substrate. Chintz has never looked so glamorous.
Loosely based on a traditional fl oral rug design this interpretation, printed on a lightweight rustic linen, has an informality and fl ow that moves it away from the original. The shifting colors within the geometric background pattern are reminiscent of a knotted silk rug.
Referencing the Isaak Danesen novel, “The Flame Trees Of Thika” set in Kenya in the early 20th century. Not only is the pattern a take on a classic flame stitch, the name also pays homage to the exotic spices of Indian Tikka...... Blocks of the repeat shift across the width, giving light and movement. It is printed on our rustic linen in three gorgeous colour palettes.
Elements from The East India Company's eighteenth century textiles have been drawn together to make this striking design. A naive rendering of an amaryllis flower and bulb is repeated within a network of vines, zigzags and steps. Yellow with white, red with sand and dark olive with marigold are just three of the exciting colour combinations available.
In mythology, Aegeus gave his name to the Aegean sea. This joyous print, inspired by the infamous cut-outs of Henri Matisse, has all the movement and excitement of the ocean.
It is a wonderful carrier for colour, and the three colourways have their own distinctive and appealing characters.
There is an ancient and magical oak forest in south-western Greece for which this design is named. Stripes of two coloured leaves spiral up this printed fabric giving a wonderful movement to both curtains and blinds. It works equally well in bold colours as it does in chalky pastels.
This classic scrolling pattern is often seen in Greek, Roman and Byzantine architecture embellishing stone, wood and two dimensional decoration. Repainted in watercolour to give a fluidity that works well with the slubby linen ground. The open layout and large scale gives a fresh appeal.
Small scale patterns are often used for obi, which are often a very conspicuous accessory in contemporary Japanese dress. We have reworked a traditional brick design, arranging the motifs into stripes of shifting colours. Printed on 100% linen the three colourways can be used for both curtailing and upholstery.
Named for the washi paper doors and windows of traditional Japanese architecture. The translucent effect of the squares in this design come from the original watercolour artwork. Printed on 100% white linen in three colourways: a saturated saffron yellow, and two ethereal neutrals, moonstone and wheat.
There are endless versions of similarly themed lacquer screens in monographs and museums around the world, all of which have lent inspiration to this striking design. The abundance of colourful irises are punctuated by a counter-directional walkway and the soft rippling water beyond, giving a crisp, graphic edge.