As regular followers will know, all of our Lorfords Contemporary designs are hand-made to individual customer requirements, from fabrics and fillings to fittings and finishings. Interestingly - and promisingly - over the last few years we've had a lot of our customers asking for designs to be upholstered using only naturally dyed or re-purposed fabrics, and we've seen the popularity of our own Vintage Cloth eco-collection increase as a result.
+ STYLING NOTES: Side Tables & Rug from Lorfords Antiques I 'Fern' - bespoke artwork (centre) by Alice Boggis Rolfe I Bespoke cushions by ChelseaGem I Elmstead Sofa by Lorfords Contemporary in Fern Green Vintage Cloth I 'Brick' paint by Edward Bulmer Natural Paint I Yellow lampshades by Alice Palmer I All other props sourced and styled by Mimi Montagu
We introduced Vintage Cloth back in 2020 as we wanted to only offer a naturally created, repurposed fabric as first option for our designs. These special fabrics are made from salvaged antique hemp - most dating from the nineteenth century - and linens sourced from the UK & France. These are all hand-dyed in small batches in Gloucestershire using only natural, locally sourced pigments and dyes to achieve beautiful tones - both subtle and bold - that will vary in colour and texture due to the hand-making process.
The range now includes 11 different colours with new shades of Fern Green, Periwinkle Blue & Dusty Rose introduced for 2023, joining existing shades of Bone, Buttermilk, Nutmeg, Turmeric, Daffodil, Poppy, Dirty Sage and Indigo. Fabrics can be used across the entire Lorfords Contemporary collection from sofas and armchairs to headboards, laundry boxes and ottomans.
+ STYLING NOTES: Side table, coffee table & rug from Lorfords Antiques I 'Seascape' - bespoke artwork (centre) by Alice Boggis Rolfe I Selection of cushions by Colefax & Fowler I Mayfair Sofa by Lorfords Contemporary in Periwinkle Vintage Cloth I Lamp base and wall lampshades by Birdie Fortescue I Yellow lampshade by Fermoie I 'Brick' paint by Edward Bulmer Natural Paint I All other props sourced and styled by Mimi Montagu
"There’s been a trend in recent years for interior designers to incorporate more vintage and antique furnishings into modern schemes, as opposed to buying in newly made pieces. However when it comes to items such as sofas or armchairs, sometimes these older pieces cannot meet the levels of comfort or durability that modern lifestyles require. So, for when you do have to buy new - we’ve made a conscious decision to focus on producing designs that have been hand-made using natural and responsibly sourced materials that have a minimal impact on the environment.” - Nasia, MD of Lorfords Contemporary