Farrow & Ball
We have proudly worked with Farrow & Ball for over 10 years. We work closely with them to put together their wallpaper collections. Whether using archival inspiration or designing from scratch, we build beautiful patterns that are capable of being printed by their various machine processes.
The wallpapers are eclectic and can be oversized meadow borders, Japanese Lotus or Baroque lacework. We calculate repeat distances and make sure the designs flow across an interior in plain repeat or half-drop.
We take great care over the trim line to make sure it is perfect since the papers are printed with special Farrow & Ball paint and must work within very specific tolerances.
Our designs for F&B, are hand crafted with a great deal of loving care.
We have recently completed the anniversary collection for Farrow & Ball.
The first design is Enigma, featuring floating squares and rectangles that interlock and weave together. The feeling is a modern geometric and we like to think it is something you could see at 221B Baker Street in Sherlock. It is named after the encoding machine famously deciphered by British mathematician and one of our heroes, Alan Turing, during World War II.
The second design is Arcade. Inspired by the art deco movement which characterised design in the 1940s, Arcade is a soft, romantic take on the classic curved motif. The beautifully tactile scallop design gently dances across the length of the paper, creating an inherently sophisticated feel. It was such fun to construct this one in such a way to give the impression the arch was fading as well as twisting. The challenge with every design is to make sure the design will print on the Farrow & Ball machinery that are either drums or blocks, each print the paint is different ways with different outcomes.
The third design in the collection is Gable, depicting a charming rural scene of ploughed fields, picket fences and farmyard animals, Gable perfectly captures the youthful innocence of simpler times. The intricate mural design is imbued with playful details that capture the imagination. There are lambs playing in a meadow, doves and a coop and a dog barking at a horse watching a farmer plough his field. This design is taken from a vintage fashion print. It had to go through extensive editing and rebuilding and just like all designs it is hand-draw them from scratch. Figuring out the repeat on this design was complicated as the original vintage print was incomplete.
We have been infatuated with their colour palette for some time so when they invited Michael to customise and upgrade a vintage set of drawers he jumped at the opportunity.
The drawers were delivered to our studio where Michael spent two enjoyable days decorating them with a pattern of Chinese inspired blossom and bamboo with the Farrow & Ball paints. This is a great way to upcycle a tired piece of furniture.