Established in 1970 by Tricia Guild, Designers Guild designs and wholesales furnishing fabrics, wallcoverings, upholstery and bed and bath collections worldwide. The studio, headed by Tricia Guild, has produced designs from such diverse inspiration as Eastern decorative art, Italian architecture and classical documents. Tricia Guild has written sixteen inspirational books on the subject of colour and design, from soft furnishings to flowers, gardens and city living. In 1989 Tricia Guild was awarded the Textile Institute′s Gold Medal for Design Contribution and in 1994 Designers Guild was a winner of the European Community Design Prize.
The Designers Guild range currently has nearly 9,000 fabrics including printed floral and geometric fabrics; plains, checks and stripes, jacquards, tapestries, silks, velvets, trimmings and children’s collections. The highest qualities of cloth are sourced; from combed Egyptian cottons and Scottish linen unions to Swiss woven damasks.
In 2008 Designers Guild launched a new brand The Royal Collection of Fabrics, on behalf of the Royal Household, which is a series of collections inspired by the interiors of the Royal residences, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and the first licensing agreement of its kind. Examples in the Royal Collection Savigny Silks include a pretty floral trail design, embroidered on a pure silk ground and based on an 18th century Rococo silk; an exquisite pure silk embroidery on a silk jacquard ground inspired by 18th century Portuguese silk damasks; a refined ‘flower and basket’ pattern, based on an embellished silk brocade in the Windsor archive, richly printed on a pure silk ground cloth; a classical French 18th century pattern woven in a lampas technique for a refined and elegant look.
The Designers Guild Chandigarh collection presents enigmatic and sultry stripes, graphic shape and pattern with timeless weaves in velvet textures from striking varese inspired stripes, hexagons, block patterns and shapes. Notable amongst the collection are the eponymous Chandigarh pattern with an intricate woven velvet that is combined with a digitally printed graphic layered pattern with an almost iridescent quality. With subtle metallic threads and tones of undulating colour, this statement making geometric upholstery design is perfectly suited for contemporary interiors. The Chandigarh pattern is available in two dynamic colourways.
The Florenza Damson from the Casablanca collection depicts a glamourous deconstructed floral layered amongst geometric flecks of velvet and are anchored by the dramatic graphite ground. High abrasion resistance makes this velvet ideal for upholstery, cushions or bedcovers in a contemporary setting.
The Zardozi collection presents stylish and richly coloured jacquard weaves and satin stripes in a rich, sensuous colour palette that encompasses both vivid tones and calm neutrals. Notable amongst the collection is the Baluchar Saffron that depicts an arresting and structural design of tessellating geometric honeycomb patterns in multi colour, composed of a jacquard weave of a viscose/linen/polyester blend. Available in three modern colourways that are perfectly suited for bold, glamorous cushions and curtains.