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Sanderson

As his motto says: since 1860 Sanderson has been inspired by nature; in fact since 1860 Sanderson has been inspired by the wonders of the English countryside, furnishing every type of house with its unique and iconic style. Influenced by nature, the Sanderson look combines hand-drawn designs, elegant and easy to live, adaptable not without irony to the most extreme design. Important designers and architects have been able to combine contemporary design with the romantic and floral fabrics of the Sanderson manufacture, among others we can mention: Tony Cordero for the “Moncalieri” sofa, Alessandro Mendini for the “Sabrina” armchair, Paolo Deganello for the sofa “Squash”. All these unusual and extraordinary combinations demonstrate the versatility of Sanderson fabrics, which only the most cultured and refined people can fully appreciate.
The company was founded in 1860 in Islington, London by Arthur Sanderson, who began by importing French wallpapers; after several financial and business operations, Sanderson founded his own factory in Chiswick in 1879. On his death, the business was taken over by his three sons, John, Arthur Bengough and Harold and in 1919 Sanderson and Sons opened a new factory in Uxbridge to produce fabrics. In 1924 Arthur Bengough Sanderson received a prestigious Royal Warrant, as a “wallpaper and paint supplier” for King George V.
The original blocks for William Morris wallpaper designs were included in the purchase of Jeffrey & Co and when Morris & Co. was dissolved in 1940, Sanderson and Sons purchased his wallpaper business and the rights to use the name Morris; today these archives are held by the parent company Walker Greenbank, which acquired Sanderson, together with Morris & Co and other historical brands, in 2003.
Today the collection includes traditional and historical fabrics and wallpapers, now iconic such as the Vintage models “Chelsea” and “Hedera”, flanked by contemporary proposals, always respecting tradition and nature, the first source of inspiration.

Romo

Romo was founded by Robert Romo in 1902 starting a small industrial furniture company in Nottingham in England, which he called with his own name. In 1930, the company gained an important position in the upholstery sector thanks to the supply of fabrics and accessories for the manufacture of furniture, continuing to evolve until the sector of the company that dealt with the production of furniture ceased and the supply of fabrics became the primary aspect of the company. In 1980, Romo started his design studio, thus defining his own style and becoming a leading company in the sector.

Romo remains a family business and is still managed today by the grandson of the founder himself, Jonathan Mold together with his granddaughter Lindsay and their children: Felicity, Emily and Jordan; the company employs more than 350 people: customer satisfaction and staff well-being are the group’s core values; even if the company is now very large, Romo remains a family business with the same values ??as at the beginning. Headquartered in Nottinghamshire, England and with offices and showrooms in London, Europe and the United States, the Romo Group now boasts six well-known divisions and brands in the sector; each brand offers its own character and style and has its own design studio in which it creates a wide range of fabrics, wallpapers, trimmings and accessories to satisfy everyone’s tastes and needs.

The Group’s main brand, simply called Romo, is recognized for its wide range of classic and contemporary designs and versatile plain fabrics; Romo offers a different style and a classic refinement, all enriched by an elegant palette of colors. The experience of generations and the typical British style are the foundations of the company. Since the foundation of its first design studio in the 1980s, Romo has in fact continued to evolve and is today a leader in the sector of fabrics and wallpapers.

Driven by Emily Mold, the Design Director, the Romo studio is a center of creativity and activity – a ‘cave of wonders’ with sketches, paintings, fabrics and color variations; the walls of the study are always a source of inspiration. For each launch, the designers focus on finding new ideas and new concepts. The inspiration comes from a wide range of different subjects: from travel to fashion, to nature. The recognized excellent reputation for extraordinary designs and wonderful products derives from the exceptional team of designers. Some Romo fabrics, now historic, have become real icons in the interior field, such as the beloved Linara fabric, with incredible softness and at the same time strong resistance, declined in a multitude of colors, each year increased to according to trends.

Memphis-Milano

Memphis-Milan is the great cultural phenomenon of the 1980s that revolutionized creative and commercial logic in design. Born in Milan in 1980 from the idea of ??Ettore Sottsass and a group of young designers and architects, who over the years have become famous designers on the international scene, Memphis has overturned all the existing parameters, precisely because his goal was to break the status quo of the design industry.

Even in the world of textiles, Memphis has left a strong mark, becoming a symbol of New Design; its influence has been immense in the history of design and is still very strong in various sectors of production and beyond: its aesthetics have been taken up and embraced in various artistic fields in recent years and its fabrics have become a source of inspiration for many fashion designers and fashion houses. In 2014 American Apparel launched a collection designed by Nathalie du Pasquier herself, Valentino was inspired by the collective’s design for his 2017 collection, and recently Adidas launched the “ZX Memphis” shoes.

The interest in Memphis has always been quite high even in previous years, as shown for example by the MiuMiu spring / summer 2005 collection, where the Nathalie du Pasquier patterns were used, but it is only in recent years that he has returned with strength in the spotlight, thanks to the increase in interest in Italian design and the revaluation of the 80s, which have always been considered an emblem of a courageous taste. The spirit of Memphis has also returned to influence many other creative fields in the digital world in the last period with the appearance of geometric and colorful patterns on posters, videos and websites.

Over the years many young designers have passed through the collective, coming from different countries and cultures and bringing all their personal contribution in the context of a common manifesto; among them Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi; Aldo Cibic, Michel Graves, Nathalie du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Javier Mariscal, George Sowden, Alessandro Mendini, Matteo Thun, Masanori Umeda, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Marco Zanuso jr and many others.

The textile part, however, was curated only by Ettore Sottsass himself and Natalie du Pasquier, who made surprising fabrics, according to the same aesthetic rules as the other collections of furniture, lamps and objects. The fabrics are made of cotton, 140 cm high, to create coverings for armchairs and sofas, cushions, blankets and tablecloths, but also for decorative panels. In 1983 Ettore Sottsass designed “Sketch”, “Latreset” and “Rete” each in two color variations. Nathalie du Pasquier declined his pictorial experiments in some colorful and very original fabrics, full of energy and dynamism: “Mali” and “Burundi” of 1981, “Zambia” “Zairend” and “Gabon” in 1982 and finally “” Circle “In 1983.

Maria Flora

The creations of Filippo Uecher, president of Maria Flora, are deeply linked to his city of origin, Biella: a picturesque town at the foot of the Piedmont Alps, rich in culture and founded on the ancient traditions of the textile sector. Mariaflora originates from the priceless legacy handed over to Filippo Uecher by his grandmothers: Maria and Flora, two brave women who have transmitted their art with passion to 3 generations. A family of passionate weavers, proudly devoted to the ideal that has always distinguished Italy: Italian excellence.
The collections are born from the strong creative and professional ability of Filippo Uecher himself, much more than a master in the Art of Weaving: his work echoes not only his passion for textiles, but also his human experience, family traditions, his legacy, his curiosity and his strong tension towards continuous professional growth.
Mariaflora today means extreme quality, luxury and Italian refinement thanks to the creation of indoor and outdoor fabrics, high performance, incredibly soft and sophisticated, meeting current needs with practical and immediate solutions to small everyday problems. Maria Flora fabrics are elegant and full of bright colors, unequaled when it comes to adding a touch of pure elegance to the interiors in the most varied contexts: from the luxury international hotel, to the hut between the mountain peaks, to a modern apartment in the city, creating infallible beauty, to live every moment to the fullest.
In recent years the company has added an extraordinary section dedicated to the outdoor world to its collections of interior fabrics: gardens, terraces, swimming pools, boats … combining elegance, comfort and the highest quality, thanks to six-year guaranteed fabrics, dyed in mass, 100% acrylic, with the structure resistant to water, oils, atmospheric agents, discoloration rays due to the action of UV rays, temperature changes and salt attack. All these fabrics are also anti-mold, anti-stain, easily washable, especially surprisingly soft and with a rich variety of solid colors and patterns available in all shades of color.
The catalog also offers the possibility to select complete products such as cushions, blankets, throws, curtains and covers for beds, sofas and chairs, made with the complete range of Maria Flora fabrics for indoors and outdoors, in natural and acrylic fibers.

Kvadrat

Kvadrat was founded in Denmark in 1968 and has deep roots in the Scandinavian design tradition. Leader in design innovation, the company produces high-performance design fabrics, rugs, acoustic solutions and window coverings for commercial and residential interiors.
All products reflect the great commitment in the search for color, quality, simplicity and innovation, constantly researching the aesthetic, technological and functional properties of the fabrics; in doing so, the company collaborates with important designers, architects and artists including: Miriam Bäckström, Raf Simons, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Alfredo Häberli, Akira Minagawa, Peter Saville, Roman Signer, Doshi Levien and Patricia Urquiola.
Kvadrat includes seven different specialized brands: Kvadrat (historical fabrics of the collection), Kvadrat Soft Cells (engineered acoustic panels), Kvadrat Shade, Kvadrat / Raf Simons (exclusive fabrics and accessories for the home), Kinnasand (progressive curtains), Febrik and Sahco , designing tapestries, window coverings, rugs and high quality textile products.
For all brands, the company is committed to developing high quality products, which add value to public and private spaces, making sure to be visionary, constantly exploring and challenging the capabilities of fabrics and developing products that have equal emphasis on the aesthetic aspect, technology , content and market potential.
Kvadrat has its strong point in the wide knowledge of colors, constantly renewing the colors of the samples, always ahead of the different chromatic expressions. Simplicity in fabrics is mainly sought, which means precise and pure expression in design; in fact, according to the company, the design should reach both a current and futuristic aspect, without losing its historical origin.
Some historic Kvadrat wool fabrics have now become design icons, including Divina, Hallingdall, Steelcut, Tonus … Every year the already very extensive color chart is enriched with new shades, to dress, for more than 50 years, the most iconic and famous furnishings on the international design scene.

Ferrero1947

Since the 1950s, Ferrero1947 has searched all over the world, in addition to furnishings and lamps, also iconic fabrics, designed by the most interesting designers of the moment and made by the best Italian and international manufacturers. This interest has always been very lively and has led Ferrero1947 to purchase, where possible, inventories, archives, stock funds, end of series … of some of the best known textile companies, many unfortunately no longer active, before they ceased to exist. ‘activities.
Over the years, this small heritage has become increasingly large, coming to include precious examples of fabrics that are no longer produced, which are made available to customers for specific and particularly valuable projects. Among the fabrics available in the Fabrics Archive section there are some collections born from the intense collaboration and friendship between Gio Ponti and Luigi Grampa through the Jsa Manufacture of Busto Arsizio: a production of refined and exclusive fabrics with typical Mediterranean colors, hand-printed on velvets, linens and cottons. Among the best known “Summer” (born to cover the Mariposa armchair), “The Mediterranean Law”, “Poetry of the Sea”, “Fence”, “Olympia,” Relief “,” Crystals “,” The Circus “,” Meridiana “,” Rhombuses “. Some of these fabrics, in limited quantities, can be purchased, on request, to make coverings, curtains, blankets …
The Ferrero1947 fabric archive also includes a small amount of original fabrics from the Viennese Secession, rich brocades and precious silks, designed by Joseph Hoffmann and made in the early 1900s. Among these the most iconic and representative models, available on request for special projects, are: Paradies, Aristide, Leone, Streber Belge and Zick Zack.
The exhibition is completed by a selection of natural fabrics, in particular linen, wool and light silks, in white and natural colors, made by the historic Avigdor textile factory in Turin in the 1950s and 1960s; a collection of colored chenille 70s, smooth and ribbed, from Como manufactures and a wide range of cotton fabrics decorated in the 60s and 70s with bright colors with geometric or botanical themes, designed by Emilio Pucci and Ken Scott or with a graphic theme in black and white or white and brown designed by Pino Tovaglia.

Dedar

Born in 1976, Dedar is a textile company that expresses a personal style thanks to cutting-edge collections; located near Como, in appiano Gentile, in the heart of an area dedicated to high quality manufacturing, Dedar experiments and innovates with the aim of achieving production excellence thanks to constant dialogue with artisans and textile experts, masters in the techniques used in the creation of excellent fabrics: a true example of “made in Italy” made according to the historical Italian organizational and production capacities.
Dedar fabrics, characterized by seductive ranges of colors and original motifs, combine precious yarns with technological research on fibers, so as to offer multiple solutions for curtains, upholstery and wallpapers of timeless elegance. The peculiarity of the company is to offer a 360 degree offer on the theme of fabric and wallpapers, with the opportunity to also create complete coordinates to cover furnishings, create cushions and curtains, and cover walls and surfaces. All textures and types are explored: from velvets, to silk, from cotton to linen, from natural to synthetic fibers, as in the decorative panorama, nothing is precluded. In addition to the historic plain colors, the fabrics are made in multiple patterns, from the most classic, such as stripes, foliage or flowers, to the most contemporary, designed by the most interesting international designers.
In recent years, new floral or natural-themed patterns have been included, with a more contemporary and innovative spirit and vision in decoration, but also in texture and tactile sensation.
Since 2011 Dedar has collaborated with Hermès for the production and distribution of collections of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers, exploring new territories and formats, but also great classics of the Maison. Among the most iconic examples of the Hermès collection, all equestrian themed fabrics and wallpapers, as well as the typical geometries with the stylized “H” in all possible color variations.
In the more contemporary collections of Hermès, instead, ballpoint pens, markers, colored pencils, watercolors … which confer the eloquence, the richness of the stroke and the vibration of the hand; volumes and expressions are faithfully transposed into materials, fabrics or wallpapers.

Cole&Son

Cole & Son was founded in 1875 by John Perry, the son of a Cambridgeshire merchant, in Islington, north London, an area famous for 190 manual block printing companies in the 18th and 19th centuries. Throughout the nineteenth century, the manufacture printed for all the most famous large companies of the time, including Jeffrey & Co, Sanderson and Shand Kydd.
At the beginning, the company built machines that allowed the reintroduction of ancient processes and the restoration of the flocking process, invented in Holland in 1680, imitating the cut velvet. In 1941 the company was purchased by A. P. Cole, owner of Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd, with showrooms and offices on Mortimer Street in central London.
The Cole & Son archive was already very rich and included projects created by JC Crace & Son to furnish many stately homes, palaces, castles and theaters in Britain and overseas, including AW Pugin’s wallpaper designs for the Palace of Westminster. The merger of the two companies in 1938 meant that they became custodians of the most significant collection of wooden printing blocks in Great Britain.
Today, the Cole & Son archive is made up of about 1,800 drawings, 350 screen printing designs and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers, which represent all styles: among these are some of the most important drawings from the 18th century to date, having provided wallpapers for many historic houses including Buckingham Palace and Parliament.
The magnificent archive is a source of inspiration for the designs of the new collections: the designs are carefully selected, adapted and colored by the company’s internal designers and printed by craftsmen to produce wallpapers faithful to the character of the original document. Cole & Son continues to create innovative and unique products through current collections, which reflect the long and glorious history, as well as the continuous passion for the most surprising wallpapers.
Among the many collections that characterize the catalog we can mention: Bonatic, Contemporary, Historical Royal Palace, Folie, Archive Traditional, Icons … recently the company has also provided a collection of very high quality fabrics, with the same themes, decorations and colors, to create coordinated or original contrasts. A separate discussion must be reserved for the Fornasetti collection: Cole & Son, together with Barnaba Fornasetti, son of the master Piero Fornasetti and custodian of the enormous cultural and craftsmanship heritage of the luxurious Italian design atelier, presents a timeless collection of 19 sophisticated wallpaper with a dreamlike charm, with the same values ??and artistic techniques, which the atelier uses to create handmade furniture, accessories and porcelain with an aesthetic typical of the Italian luxury concept of the 1950s: Library, Bastoni, Nuvole, Ex- Libris, Aquarium, Theater, Secret Keys, Reflection, Mediterranean, Flying Machines … are among the most iconic dream titles in the collection.

C&C Milano

The textile tradition has been part of the Emanuele Castellini family for a long time. It was the great-grandfather Clateo who entered the textile world, taking over a jute, hemp and linen factory founded in 1850; the original specialization concerned fabrics for technical uses such as bags for the Italian Post, hail nets or cheese nets. After a first evolution in the exclusive use of natural fibers, the company subsequently dedicated itself to home linen fabrics and the famous striped fabrics, for deckchairs for the Lido of Venice, the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
In 1996 Emanuele founded with his cousin Piero Castellini Baldissera a new company for the creation and distribution of home textile products, named C&C Milano, where the two Cs represent the surnames of the founders, both members of the same Milanese family, while the logo is formed from two horseshoes, evoking the well-known passion of the Castellini for equines and horse riding; the initiative took shape in 1998 with the opening of the Milanese space in via della Spiga: furnishing fabrics – especially linen – are the strong point, flanked by household linen, accessories and clothing.
The main objective is to dress the house to concretize a personality with shapes and colors. The character of the company is the result of this strong sensitivity and of the value that the Castellini family has always placed in its history and tradition linked to the textile world. It is this same passion that still today after four generations moves Piero and Emanuele Castellini: the style of Piero Castellini Baldissera, architect, blends perfectly with the textile tradition and the taste of Emanuele, giving life to the innovative concept of fabric design.
Thanks to the cutting edge of the technologies used in the weaving processes and the high quality of the fibers, the fabrics can be made in double height and in different weights; the attention to detail is realized above all in the last phase of each project, by packaging every detail and finish rigorously by hand in its highly specialized tailoring laboratory. The personal control over the whole chain, in the most natural and consolidated tradition of Made in Italy, is in fact C&C Milan quality prerogative.
What fascinates most in the production of C&C Milano is the possibility of adapting an exceptional style and quality to your needs, for the home, garden and leisure time. All projects are developed by cooperating with designers, interior decorators, furniture designers, creating a platform where everything becomes possible and the guideline is the lifestyle trend that distinguishes the Maison, now famous all over the world for its refined linens. The catalog is completed by a wide range of precious and high quality yarns and fabrics: wool, cashmere, silk, cotton, organza … and important collaborations with personalities from the world of design, art, photography, such as the recent collection dedicated to butterflies designed by Giovanni Gastel.

Enkidoo - Ferrero1947

Enkidoo

For about 20 years Cyril Delage, with the pseudonym of Enkidoo, has transformed wood into refined furniture or very poetic decorative accessories according to his wishes and those of others and uses self-criticism and irony with the same dexterity with which he models the chestnut armchairs on which he loves to work early in the morning, when the sun comes to disturb him in his laboratory surrounded by nature. The rays shine on the cobwebs that frame the tesserae of what was, several years ago, the Chalard school and who experienced a reawakening of energy thanks to this enlightened and lonely artist. Standing in the middle of what an uninformed person could confuse with a joyful unorganized bazaar, Cyril, 48, loves to tell his job in a sincere way.
Known in Europe and also in Japan, designer, decorator, carpenter, agitator of ideas, he is certainly atypical, declaring without delay a reasonable turnover, which depends on the years, the wood, the inspiration, the moment …
Enkidoo, passionate and tenacious self-taught, who has become known in international fairs and exhibitions in galleries in Paris, Belgium, England and Italy by Ferrero1947, who met him at the beginning of his activity, responds to the requests of loyal and passionate customers of his art, but first of all to his personal needs.
His choices on wood tend to favor the woods of his region, in particular chestnut, rather than Canadian species; sometimes, it adds metal to design furniture and decorative accessories.
Where do Enkidoo get his inspiration from ? He does not say it precisely, or perhaps he does not want to reveal it and is confident that he has roughly one idea per minute, but in an hour … admitting that when one creates, he actually has many constraints, never being completely free. Some specimens are born from personal needs such as small tables made almost by chance for grandchildren for Christmas; being two advanced, they were seen by some customers and the request was born.
At the beginning Cyril Delega did not produce, he only drew, but later he learned the woodworking, discovering some techniques on a whim and others for passion and curiosity. His collaboration with the landscape architect Gilles Clément during an exhibition at the gardens of La Villette in Paris in 1999, gave him the impetus he lacked: the road was the right one. The next one with the designer Godefroy de Virieu, instead, passing through Nontron, in the Dordogne, right in the country of the leafy trees, in 2004, generated some poetic pieces of great beauty such as the slender chair with a high back or the famous “Arbre d ‘hiver “, a round structure for storing fruit, to be hung on the wall or suspended with a cable, or even the” la Brassée “wood holder, a single curved chestnut branch, simple and refined. His work continues constant and passionate, always guided by nature.

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