An intellectual yet playful approach to design
Art, design, material and making define the house of Christopher Farr cloth, born from a collaborative spirit to encompass fabrics, wallcoverings and accessories, building upon Farr’s unrivalled experience in custom made rugs and tapestries.
Established in 1988, the company originally specialised in antique rugs and textiles. A collaboration with the Royal College of Art in 1991 led to a ‘breakthrough’ event entitled ‘Brave New Rugs’. “Up to that point’, says Farr, “new rugs were a dirty word. Nobody else was doing it”. Further collaborations with luminous names were to follow and this established Christopher Farr at the forefront of the industry. Cloth was a natural and easy progression.
The company work with such designers as Kate Blee, Tord Boontje, Annie Albers, Neisha Crosland, Kit Kemp, Javier Mariscal and, of course, Christopher Farr. The collections, favouring natural European linens, are much in demand by interior designers, architects, gallerists and private clients both in Europe and overseas.
What makes a Christopher Farr cloth so special is their commitment to the finest materials and most skilled craftsmen, incorporating time honoured screen printing, and artisan weaving, drawn together though a varied array of artists and designers from historical to contemporary expression.
The latest launch from Christopher Farr Cloth is a balanced mixture of artisan prints and characterful weaves. New Screen printed linens and wide-width wallpapers feature designs drawn from the archives of Raoul Dufy alongside new woven fabrics designed in collaboration with Kit Kemp and luxurious silk wallpapers developed from Kate Blee’s watercolour paintings.
Christopher Farr also celebrates its first foray into passementerie. This collection is inspired by the textiles Kit loves the most, such as Travelling Light, as well as the British abstract artist Terry Frost, renowned for his use of colour and shape, the Cornish landscape and even a chunky ribbon motif hidden in a drawer! The colour palette varies from smoky greys to zingy yellows, vibrant pinks and deep indigos with an unparalleled texture and depth.