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The Inspiration Behind Loom Weave


Loom Weave is a highly textured and versatile woven fabric, designed and produced in collaboration with the wonderful Christopher Farr Cloth. The primary inspiration for the design was initiated from my love and interest in the Bauhaus School, a German Art School which was operational from 1919-1933, teaching craft and fine art.

I was inspired by the works of pioneering women, such as Anni Albers and Gunter Stolzl who attended Bauhaus School. This acted as the starting point for the repetition of irregular rectangular shapes that make up the fabric.

On the Left: Gunta Stölzl, wall hanging, Mit gewendetem Schuetzen,1923 (image source: Gunta Stölzl Foundation) On the Right: Anni Albers, Black White Yellow 1926, re woven 1965, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I was also greatly influenced by the work of the incredible weaver Mary Restieaux, whose work hangs in several of our hotels. I really love the irregularity of the shapes and lines and how they work so organically together.

Michal Silver, Creative Director for Christopher Farr is such a pleasure to work with and never fails to turn my inspirations and ideas into a reality. The challenge is always to interpret what originally catches my eye into something contemporary that also emulates my personal love of pattern, colour and texture.

My ‘Loom Weave’ fabric is the perfect example of just that; rich with texture and reinterpreted into five fresh and versatile colourways.

In Room 701 at Crosby Street Hotel, we have used it on the sofa, piped in light blue leather for extra definition. It looks so bright and fresh against my Orange ‘Inside Out’ fabric as a backdrop on the walls. The weight and durability of the fabric makes it a perfect choice for upholstery.

The same colourway is used again here in Room 501 at Knightsbridge Hotel.

In Apartment 15 at One Denman Place, we have used ‘Loom Weave’ on the end of bed stool and handle chair. This indigo colourway looks so smart and tailored alongside Zimmer + Rhode’s Hodsoll & McKenzie Cutouts on the headboard.

The orange colourway is made up of a combination of green, blue and orange, which feels so lively and unique. It’s so dynamic and upholsters so effortlessly.

All of the fabrics I design have to have a pink colourway; I just love how a bright pink brings such playfulness and joy to a space. My hot pink colourway in ‘Loom Weave’ can be seen here, upholstered on the fronts of our Susan chairs at the House and Garden Festival in 2018.

If you are looking for something more neutral, the natural colourway is so elegant yet robust. You get a real sense of depth and texture from the varying sandy tones, making it perfect for layering within a scheme. It works beautifully upholstered but is equally inviting made up as a throw slung over a bed or chair, available to purchase here through Shop Kit Kemp.

All my weaves made with Christopher Farr Cloth are developed in collaboration with a family-owned weaving mill in Belgium. The owners and makers share my passion for textiles and have an extensive library of yarns and archives of old cloth as reference. It is such a joy collaborating with makers and suppliers that bring my designs to life with such integrity. Loom Weave is a standout result of just how important collaboration is in design.

I hope you love using it as much as I do!

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