Have a look at what I've been up to and what I've found interesting in the world loosely related to upholstery...

Let me introduce Bashofu (banana fibre cloth)..

I’ve only just come across this ancient Japanese cloth and I’d love to use it in upholstery somehow. The colours, pattern and texture are really earthy and ooze unique craftsmanship. Bashofu is traditionally made in Okinawa Japan, from the inner fiber of the basho banana plant. The fabric is famed for its lightness as well as strength, hence its appropriateness for clothing, in particular the kimono. The ancient technique of making this Bashofo takes a great deal of time and patience, with the weaving taking up perhaps only 1% of the entire process. Take a look at this short  video to watch the masters in action. 

On the Twisted Loom workbench

Hot off the bench is this stunning little chair, possibly dating around the 1930s. To be honest I didn’t think it would look this good and was scratching my head wondering what the original might have looked like. To my surprise the original fabric was lurking underneath its horrible hand-stitched brown ‘jacket’! We decided to stay true to the original fluted design and the result is fantastic. Now it’s off to its new owners for another generation to enjoy. 

Put your feet up

Here are a couple of footstools recently upholstered by Twisted Loom. The first is a classic G Plan, upholstered in a gorgeous mustard velvet. For the second footstool we went for a slightly ‘Scandi’ feel, with soft wools and a fine strip of leather. We’re happy to spruce up your footstool or make one from scratch. Message me for more info..

Public transport cool

Who would’ve thought that public transport fabric could be so cool and yet so underrated. Designed mostly for its function and endurance, the Moquette (‘carpet’ in French) fabric provides a super dense weave that should withstand years of abuse! London Underground has a long history of funky prints, largely designed by Camira Fabrics. Fabric company Kirkby Designs have also recently collaborated to bring London Underground into our living rooms. 
Not sure about the frocks though!

Lucienne Day the Mid-Century Master

One of my favourite designers; Lucienne Day created some of the most interesting abstract fabric patterns during the 1950s-70s. She enjoyed an iconic 25 year long partnership with Heal’s and created over 70 designs for furnishing fabrics. As well as crockery and other household items, she designed interiors for a range of aircraft during the 1960s with her designer husband Robin. Pooling their knowledge and experience, they selected upholstery fabrics, carpets, paint finishes and laminates, and designed patterns for the bulkheads and window surrounds. 

That's it for now.. more visual news loosely related to upholstery next month... 

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