We have just received some beautiful outdoor remnants from a very upmarket fabric supplier, Clarence House.

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I posted the photos on Facebook and I said that the company was English (I think due to the name). I wanted to learn more about the company and looked at their website and I am embarrassed to say that I was mistaken and it is an American company. I should have looked first.  This company has been around for over 50 years, so I thought I would talk a bit about a couple of the companies who supply the design industry and have been setting the standard in the world of interiors over the past 50 years or so.

Clarence House

Clarence House was started by a New York interior designer, Robin Roberts, in 1961. He felt that there was a void in the American textile market and started to import fabrics from Europe. In the 1980’s Kazumi Yoshida became the in house art-director and Clarence House opened its own design studio, designing and manufacturing their own range of fabrics and wallpapers.

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Kazumi Yoshida is known for his artistic versatility and as a multimedia artist.  He works in the mediums of sculpture and painting and he has developed a unique style and an impeccable eye. With a vast network of European mills and textile archives at his disposal, has been designing both printed and woven fabrics for well over 25 years for Clarence House and still controls the evolution of each design from the initial concept to the finished product.

Famous for its hand screen printing of fabrics and wallpapers, high-style textures and hand-loomed brocades, Clarence House also offers the highest quality velvets, damasks, silks, cottons, linens, sheers, trimmings and leathers.

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Headquarters are  in New York City at the D & D Building. Other showrooms are located in London, Greece, South Africa, Australia, and Canada.  In Australia, The Textile Company is the supplier of Clarence House.

Designers Guild

Designers Guild was established in 1970 by Tricia Guild who is known for her bold and original fabric and wallpaper collections and her work as a designer and manufacturer on a range of home interior products.

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The company is headed and owned Tricia Guild, who is the Founder and Creative Director, and her brother Simon Jeffreys, Group Chief Executive. The Designers Guild business philosophy is to combine creativity and innovation with the highest levels of design and ethically produced product and service.

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Tricia Guild opened her first shop in the 1970’s on the Kings Road; selling fabrics but also ceramics and furniture. In 1974 she started working with other designers and focused on expanding the range of fabrics both in the UK as well over overseas. By the 1980’s the company had forged a wider reputation which was further enhanced with the publication of the Tricia Guild books, reflecting the designers aesthetics and promoting her product range globally.

Always at the forefront of interior design, Tricia Guild has achieved critical acclaim with her up-to-the-minute collections that feature her signature sense of “contemporary traditional” style with layers of pattern, bold colors, and varying textures. The Designers Guild fabrics, wallpapers, and furnishings  showcase her unparalleled gift for color, innate understanding of space and proportion, and sheer brilliance at mixing patterns and textures. She blends femininity and understated elegance in her uniquely innovative yet classic approach.  Designers Guild is available in Australia throughout Radford.

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