Throws and blankets come into their own at this time of year, whether draped over sofas and lounge chairs or layered on beds. Eleanor Pritchard‘s woven wool throws and cushions are rooted in an appreciation of mid-century textile design while remaining distinctly modern in appearance. All Pritchard’s designs are hand-woven on traditional ‘dobcross’ shuttle looms at a small mill in West Wales.
The Sourdough throw and cushion are woven from a yarn that blends the wool of Welsh mountain, Jacob and Suffolk lowland sheep.
Rustic in texture (much like the bread after which it is named) yet graphic in pattern and colouring, the Sourdough range marries wool-working craft and heritage with a very modern sensibility. View the full range of Eleanor Pritchard’s designs at twentytwentyone here.
By contrast, Wallace Sewell have drawn inspiration for their new bespoke collection of woollen throws and cushions from the richly coloured, geometric paintings of contemporary artist Chung Eun Mo.
Designers Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell are well known for their striking use of colour intricately arrayed in geometric blocks, and the new collection they have designed exclusively for twentytwentyone is no exception.
Lloyd and River combine bold and subtle shades woven in softest 100% lambswool to create a family of throws and cushions that will both complement and provide contrast with any interior. View Wallace Sewell designs at twentytwentyone here.
Mourne Textiles produces woven fabrics of exceptional design and quality using the last remaining production handloom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland. The company was originally founded by Norwegian designer Gerd Hay-Edie whose distinctive textiles were used as upholstery fabrics by, amongst others, Robin Day, Gordon Russell, Conran and Liberty. Hay-Edie’s work and influence is currently celebrated in the exhibition ‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’, currently on display at Margaret Howell’s Wigmore Street shop. The exhibition features a Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair, loaned by twentytwentyone and upholstered in Hay-Edie’s Blazer tweed.
Hay-Edie’s classic mid-century tweeds are still available in a range of richly textural, monochrome blankets and cushions woven from a ‘wild’ spun yarn from Donegal. View all Mourne Textiles woven cushions and throws at twentytwentyone here.
Finally, a natural sheepskin fleece offers an ideal option for those who may wish to experience wool in something closer to its original form.
twentytwentyone’s exclusive range of sheepskins are derived from rare British breeds. Treated at one of the UK’s oldest tanneries, the fleeces are preserved with environmentally-sensitive processes that maintain natural colour and tone.
Also available are long-haired fleeces from Icelandic sheep. Icelandic sheep wool has a longer length that creates a strikingly shaggy and luxuriant appearance, particularly when paired with clean-lined contemporary designs.
A time-honoured way of creating contrast and enhancing comfort as the evenings draw in.