Sound the horns, it's the end of the week and time for Fabric Friday! I have decided today to look at one of my favourite upholstery fabric design houses, Designers Guild. When I worked at Ramm, Son & Crocker several years ago I longed to work for Designers Guild, sadly I never made it, but have five lovely children instead!
Designers Guild was founded in 1970 by Tricia Guild to design and wholesale upholstery fabric and wallcoverings. In 1975 the first collection, Village, was launched and many other collections were added over the next nine years. Tricia Guild published the first of many books, Soft Furnishings, during this time aswell. In 1989 Designers Guild opened an office in Munich, aswell as adding another seven collections to their porfolio. Only two years later Designers Guild received the Queens Award for Export Achievement and in 1993 the Paris office was opened. During 1995 Designers Guild launched it's Bed & Bath division, producing bedlinen, blankets and towels and then in 1996 they opened their 66,000 sq ft Production and Distribution Centre in West London.
Over the following years many more collections were added to Designers Guild portfolio as were floor rugs, carpets and furniture. In 2003 Jasper Conran collaborated with Designers Guild to design a range of fabric and wallpaper. Three years ago Tricia Guild was awarded the Homes & Gardens Lifetime Achievement Award.
Designers Guild currently has over 5000 fabrics and 4000 wallpapers, inclusing florals, plain, checks, damask, jacquards and childrens collections. The company is still owned and headed by Tricia Guild, as Founder and Creative Director and her brother as Group Chief Executive.
Even after 35 years Designers Guild are still a lead design house for upholstery and wallcoverings, but also have expanded to produce many other lines. They are still one of my favourites with vibrant prints and I have included soem of my favourites thoughout the post.