July 18 2012
Christina Ohly Evans
Nothing says you’re a thoughtful (and deeply aesthetic) host quite like bespoke bed sheets. From their high thread counts to their exquisite, one-off finishes, they are an investment in sound sleep and general well-being that has nothing to do with outward show: they’re for you, and those you invite into your home. The elegant linens designed by Sandrine Champalimaud, however, are subtle works of art that are so beautiful as to warrant much wider display.
The Belgian-born designer’s bespoke business grew out of her interior design work, where, Champalimaud explains, “it was always difficult to find luxurious linens for exacting clients. Everything out there was either too plain or too traditional, and I wanted to offer something more contemporary.” Inspired by her travels – including the scenery and motifs she observed in Bhutan – Champalimaud has created a range of linens that can be entirely personalised through a client’s choice of colour and embroidery, as well as by unique dimensions.
The commissioning process is simple. Champalimaud readily travels to do in-home consultations, or can just as easily work with a client via email, to conceive a set of linens that complements any given space. Calling in some of her pre-existing patterns – such as the Ibo and Paro designs, which involve intricate, geometric detailing – she customises them using hues of pale grey, taupe, rich burgundy and bright orange (to name but a few of the options).
For those seeking a bolder graphic, the Amalgame and Polymath designs afford a wider, statement swathe of colour. Her Parure and Chyulu (pictured) designs also include linear, almost architectural patterns, but the common thread throughout, if you’ll forgive the pun, is the utterly tasteful subtlety of the accents.
All of Champalimaud’s Egyptian cotton-sateen sheets (hers are 300 thread count, because, she points out, “more than that and it’s actually hard to spot the difference”) are woven in Italy and then embroidered in England, which enhances their artisanal pedigree. Shams (£70-£115), flat and fitted sheets (£300-£400), king and super-king duvets (£595-£630) can all be ordered individually or in sets (from £1,300) and are available in about eight weeks.
Champalimaud has designed bespoke sheets for patrons from around the globe, as well as for fine hotels, including The Dorchester and the recently refurbished Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles. They’re sure to be the most beautiful style statement you won’t be showing off to everyone…