Whether you are personally involved with textile design or simply shopping for curtain fabric in John Lewis, there’s no escaping how many fabrics there are in existence.
The constant challenge facing designers, from textile students to global companies, is to create new, original fabrics. Whilst fabric house archives are fantastic for initial inspiration, the new design must push boundaries, whether those are of colour combinations, pattern intricacy or behind-the-scenes production methods, whilst simultaneously remaining a design that we’re going to want to live alongside.
So Sofa.com‘s latest competition is great news: they’re celebrating the best emerging textile designers with their current competition to choose a fabric design that will become one of the latest upholstery fabric options for their sofas, chairs, beds and footstools.
Alongside the main judging panel, there’s also People’s Vote for shortlisted nominees, giving us the chance to vote for our favourite fabric from their final selection of 15 (plus there’s a chance to win £1000 to spend at Sofa.com)
I’ve narrowed mine down to a shortlist of four, see below…
Isabel Crossman (above) was inspired by Slim Aarons’s images of the 1960s jet-set…
Natalie Raines (below) also looked to the 1960s, siting the bold yet simple Swedish designs from this period as her inspiration:
Sarah Victoria Roberts (below) coral-inspired fabric is a repeat pattern in easy-to-live-with modern neutral tones
Emily Thompson (below) mixes the bold colours of Morocco with motifs sourced the Arts & Crafts and Art Deco movements.
Which ones do you prefer? You can see all the nominees and vote for your favourite directly on the Sofa.com website here