As a UK manufacturer, we value the contribution of local designers and creatives on our economy. Encouragingly, the creative industries are currently thriving in the UK, particularly in Scotland, thanks to growing independent trade and support from organisations such as Creative Scotland.
Especially relevant to us at Rearo, a home surfaces company, is the role the textiles/interiors industry plays in bringing our own products to life. The right choice of accessories, fixtures and furnishings brings a room together, while often creating the illusion of space.
This week we’ve already shown how to prep for meeting an interior designer. But what if you’re planning on going it alone?
To help, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite Scottish-based indie textile designers. As well as giving an insight into their work, we’ve also got some tips on how to use their contemporary creations alongside our own Rearo products for maximum effect in your home.
Based in Edinburgh, Studio Five is a sustainably led textiles brand run by sisters Lucy and Kitty. Both recent graduates, they create stylish prints inspired by nature using their combined skills of drawing, photography and collage.
Our top pick is their ‘yellow lynx cushion’, ideally suited as a kitchen décor. Try taking a grey colour palette as a base for your kitchen, then play around with compliments of yellow via accessories such as flowers and cutlery. Use wood or simulated wood laminate to lighten your room and lift dark tones, while also keeping your kitchen feeling fresh and airy.
Glasgow School of Art textile alumni Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons set up Timorous Beasties in the city in 1990. Their work is both edgy and elegant, featuring a unique blend of contemporised motifs, inspired by copperplate engraving.
From their current range, we love the Tourmaline Damask Velvet fabric. With a bold and distinctive print, it’s superb as a drape curtain material and makes a wonderful dramatic statement when used with plain white panels.
Just remember, there’s a bit of extra care needed with a heavyweight fabric like this – you’ll need to use a solid structure when fitting, and a freshening spray is also handy, as the luxurious weave of the fabric means it’s susceptible to absorbing smell easily. And as with any type of velvet, avoid a damp bathroom setting too.
Image copyright of Timorous Beasties
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Print and materials-led textile designer Lucy Simpson graduated from Edinburgh University in 2014 and has been at the forefront of the industry since. This is largely due to Lucy’s defiance to conform to the newly adopted digital print trend. Instead, she experiments with unconventional hand-printing techniques and mediums, creating with unexpected materials to give designs tactility and colour.
The beauty of a textile piece means it can be created into any item you like for your own interior. We’ve chosen the design below for a table runner to brighten the rich mahogany tones featured in our kitchen moodboard.
Image copyright of Lucy Simpson
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