Collaborating with Bert and May

We have loved collaborating with Bert and May on their new fabric collections. The new ranges were launched at Decorex International and it was an incredible week meeting with customers and the press.

The collection has all been created in the UK from start to finish. The fabric collection celebrates a union of raw materials and fine craftsmanship. The base cloth is woven in Scotland, sent to the North of England to be hand-screen printed and then back to the borders for a bespoke finishing. The finishing is what insures that the fabrics fit seamlessly into the Bert & May lifestyle look and feel. The soft drape of the cloth helps effortlessly create a beautiful relaxed homely feel. The fabrics can be used for curtains, blinds, cushions, throws or upholstery.

To add to the artisan feel of the cloth we silk screen-printed the cloth by hand. The new collection includes six graphic surface designs, which are inspired by Bert & Mays favourite tiles and a range of co-ordinating plains matched to the paints. These designs are called Blake Border, Alalpardo, Melossa, Efrain, Majadas and Darkroom. The colours we created the collection around from the paints include Nigella, Manuka, Sweet Cicely, Marsh Samphire and Serenata.

For Neil and I to go down to the printers to work on the range was also very special. It took us back to when we hand-printed our first fabrics in 1997. It is a wonderful experience to work with the printer and colourists to get the printed colours just right in tone. The overall feel and look of hand printed cotton linen just cannot be beaten. Plus working with the finishers the fabric has to go through 5 different finishes to get the distressed artisan feel to the finished fabrics so they sit effortlessly with the encaustic tiles that everything evolves from at Bert & May.

Then reading the Saturday Telegraph magazine on the train on Saturday it was so funny to open the page to read about Bert & May’s super clubs! If you haven’t been to Vyner Street yet you must as it is such a special experience. Vyner Street is the London showroom for Bert & !ay where you can see the tiles, ceramics, kitchens, bathrooms, barge, boxes and fabrics all under one roof. The supper clubs they run once a month there are a real foodie / designers heaven! The article by Tina Nandha in The Telegraph summed them up perfectly saying how it is for ‘people interested in something very stripped-back, not pompous, with a bit of a party feel, it’s perfect.’

I just cannot wait to work on our next house development so we can install a Bert & May kitchen as they are just stunning. The subtle timeless mix of texture and colour is such a joy to see… the bathrooms with the concrete basins, wow!

Then catching up on reading this months Elle Decoration and loved how they have shown the Blake Border Navy print in the Delicate Blues Interior article. Plus cannot wait to go to the renovated Royal National Theatre. Howarth Tomkins have renovated many of the theatre’s interior spaces and the architectural article in this months magazine reminded me of the fact that it is open again. Since a little girl I have loved going to this building!

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London Design Festival

September is such a special exciting inspiring time to spend in London. There are so many events, installations and parties on to go and see / attend! I have added a few of my favourites but next year I must allow for a few extra days! You can see from my photos all the pattern and colour inspiration I take from this time away from the studio if you follow me on Instagram.

Best sellers of the week:

Favourites of the week from our Natasha Marshall collections last week were – most popular fabric ‘Billow’ feather grey, most samples fabric ‘Alibi’ moonrock & wallpaper ‘Flip’ lemon slice. We love seeing which your favourite designs are and please do share photos with us of your homes.

Now in Palma for a week to recharge the batteries, bliss!

Have a great week ahead X