The Homes & Gardens Fabric Awards is an annual event showcasing the best new fabrics and wallpapers. In this video we go behind the scenes at the judging of the event.
Ali Brown, Homes & Gardens: “What we love about the Fabric Awards is that they offer a fascinating insight into colour pattern and texture. As a team we create over 300 pages of decorating content a year. Almost all of which is shot on location. Most recently in Venice. Needless to say it is a hugely important part of what we do because it allows us to create stories that are not only in tune with the current mood but also completely unique to Homes & Gardens.
Bunny Turner, Turner Pocock: “There is a huge variety and I think that’s very exciting. There was a period when it was pure geometrics and I think that’s passed. I think the ikat fabric phase is also waning, but there is a new interest in antique textiles – there is a tribal motif that’s coming out more than I’ve seen historically in collections”.
Celia Rufey, Interiors Expert: “Today there are a lot of bright colours and joyful patterns. There are all sorts of things I have noticed with embroidered fabrics that I think are significant this year”.
Bunny Turner, Turner Pocock: “Augusta Akerman had a great range of wallpapers that were beautifully drawn which is something which is often lost in the new digitally printed papers. I thought her use of colour and palette was fantastic – in the non-drawn designs aswell so I was really excited about her”.
Kit Kemp, Firmdale Hotels: “It’s the designers who are the ones to watch for the future and I’m glad to see that Pippa Caley has done very well this year. A very good designer, she has now brought out her own fabrics collection and works well with appliqué. I think we should be backing our young designers as much as possible”.
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Celia Rufey, Interiors Expert: “In particular I like the designs of Christopher Farr. I love his patterns in single colours. It’s always interesting when a group of us are working together we have different instincts, experience and fabric usage. But when a fabric comes on the table that’s one of very high design quality we all instantly notice it.”
Kit Kemp, Firmdale Hotels: “The most wonderful thing about today is that I’m seeing all the latest collections, all of the best fabrics and by the end of today I’m going home with a great big sack full of fabrics which I am dying to use”.