Wrap up well for winter

November 3, 2015 · 0 Comments


The clocks have gone back, the leaves are starting to fall and the sofa beckons. Fortunately, twentytwentyone have an array of throws, blankets and fleeces – ranging from contemporary textiles to mid-century designs – that will lend warmth, comfort and visual interest to your soft furnishings.

Woven Tweed throw designed by Gerd Hay Edie and made by Mourne Textiles

Recently profiled in The Guardian, Mourne Textiles is a family-run business based in Northern Ireland with distinguished design pedigree. Mourne was founded in the 1950s by celebrated textile designer Gerd Hay-Edie, whose fabrics were championed by design luminaries such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty.

In the present day, Mourne Textiles – now run by Hay-Edie’s grandson – works to bring these classic mid-century designs back into production while remaining faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie’s originals.

A range of Mourne Tweeds designed by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950s

Mourne’s range of throws, blankets and cushions are handmade at the last remaining production hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland, situated in the foothills of the Mourne mountains in County Down.

At once refined and rustic, their unique texture and tones are at home in the most minimal of decorative schemes as well as more traditional interiors.

Tweed Emphasize charcoal grey throw by Mourne Textiles

By contrast, Wallace Sewell is a London and Dorset-based woven textile design studio established in the 1990s by RCA graduates Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell.

Russell Basketweave throw by Wallace Sewell

Designed on hand-looms in London and Dorset and produced at a family-run mill in Lancashire, Wallace Sewell’s designs are distinguished by their original use of colour and yarn structures.

These richly intricate woven throws feature geometric blocks of colour which appear to blur and dissolve into each other, appearing striking from a distance and equally fascinating in detail.

A detail of the intricate and richly coloured Russell Basketweave throw by Wallace Sewell

Finally, for those who prefer their wool in its original form, twentytwentyone has a range of natural sheepskin fleeces.

Natural sheepskin fleeces at twentytwentyone's River Street showroom

The habit of placing a fleece on a streamlined contemporary sofa or chair is a staple of modernist interiors, and architects and designers as disparate as Alvar Aalto and Eileen Grey have delighted in creating contrast – and enhancing comfort – in this way.

A sheepskin fleece placed on the Colonial chair designed by Ole Wanscher for Carl Hansen

Using fleeces obtained from a range of rare British breeds, twentytwentyone’s exclusive range of sheepskins come from one of the UK’s oldest tanneries.

Produced using environmentally-sensitive processes that maintain natural colour and tone, and perfectly suited to being casually slung over your vintage DAR or nestling in your Flag Halyard chair.

Hans Wegner's Flag Halyard chair is designed to embrace a sheepskin fleece.

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