Five designers of eyecatching fabric accents

From bold painterly upholstery to awe-inspiring embroidery

The voile curtain created by Nest Design for a Shoreditch warehouse with 6m-high ceilings
The voile curtain created by Nest Design for a Shoreditch warehouse with 6m-high ceilings | Image: Chloe Hall

Nest Design

“We can make anything for the home that involves fabric,” says Lucy Bathurst, founder of Nest Design. “This includes lampshades, tablecloths, cushions and bedspreads, but also upholstered doors and wall hangings, incorporating interesting design elements.” Her textiles – often antiques – are sourced from traders, collectors and fairs across the UK, and also by word of mouth from Morocco, India, Turkey and beyond. They are used in bespoke commissions (from £100 for a cushion; from £3,000 for curtains), such as the linen, lace-punctuated draperies for Skye Gyngell’s Spring restaurant in Somerset House, or the huge voile curtain for a Shoreditch warehouse. “The space was amazing,” says Bathurst of the 6m-high ceilings. “I will always love those clients for not laughing at me when I suggested a full-height, whopping great patchwork curtain that any sensible person would have dismissed.” nestdesign.co.uk. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS 

Curtains and cushion in Torrent, £69.60 per m, by Earthed
Curtains and cushion in Torrent, £69.60 per m, by Earthed
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Earthed

There are few unions as serendipitous – or harmonious – as that between Duncan Neil, a textile designer who has created fabric for both Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren Home, and William Clark & Sons, Ireland’s oldest linen mill. The result is Earthed, a brand combining 21st-century digital-printing techniques with designs inspired by the natural world. The Upperlands collection features eight bold and expertly executed designs, such as Torrent (£69.60 per m), a playful, swirling print in turquoise, greens and blues that depicts a powerful rush of water from above; and Flax Fields (£69.60 per m), a fusion of painting and photography that honours the humble flax plant. “Digital printing lends itself to all-over colour and texture,” says Neil. “We want to help people create bold, uplifting spaces.” earthedbywmclark.co.uk. RUTH CAVEN 

A pair of antique French armchairs upholstered by Sasha Bikoff in a Valentino butterfly print, $4,500
A pair of antique French armchairs upholstered by Sasha Bikoff in a Valentino butterfly print, $4,500
Beaumont & Fletcher embroidered cushions, from £1,500
Beaumont & Fletcher embroidered cushions, from £1,500

Sasha Bikoff

Hermès scarves, Roberto Cavalli silk prints and floral Gucci fabrics are among the vintage textiles reimagined into one-of-a-kind furnishings by New York-based interior designer Sasha Bikoff. Standout examples include a Billy Baldwin stool with a seat in Hermès Plumes et Grelots silk ($2,250); a pair of antique French armchairs upholstered in a striking butterfly print by Valentino ($4,500); and a vintage De Sede executive swivel chair juxtaposed with a bold red chinoiserie cotton ($6,500). Cushions (from $1,250), meanwhile, are statement-making on a smaller scale. sashabikoff.com. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS 

A vintage Parker Knoll armchair and footstool reworked by Maxine Sutton
A vintage Parker Knoll armchair and footstool reworked by Maxine Sutton
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Beaumont & Fletcher

Beaumont & Fletcher’s embroidery is quite literally jaw-dropping: the patterns, designed by company director Jana Durisova, vary from intensely stitched bamboo leaves and stalks to Chinese figures in historical scenes, to solid geometric shapes on silks and velvets. The company’s bespoke interiors commissions range from single cushions (from £1,500) to schemes for entire rooms, featuring embroidered textiles for curtains and furniture, plus other accessories. The techniques range from appliqué to delicate all-over designs in metallic threads produced in Beaumont & Fletcher’s specialist workshops, whose most intricate pieces require a magnifying glass to be truly appreciated. “But it’s that detail our clients really want.” beaumontandfletcher.com. JENNY DALTON 

Maxine Sutton

“I’ve considered working in monochrome, but colour is inescapable for me,” says printmaker and textile artist Maxine Sutton, whose vibrant, jostling abstract forms are rendered in an appealing tactile combination of screen printing and embroidery. From her studio on the Kent coast, wall hangings are approached in a painterly fashion – a process that stays the same when she adds a chair to the mix, producing bespoke handprinted and embellished panels to re-upholster pre-exisiting pieces of furniture (from £1,700 for a chair) – such as the vintage Parker Knoll armchair and footstool she rethought for a London-based couple. maxinesutton.com. VICTORIA WOODCOCK 

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