Designs of the Time



Last week, Leah and Blair from James Dunlop gave a fantastic presentation, at the Wellington Design Library, of the new Designs of the Time range.

It’s a well-travelled collection taking inspiration from Africa, Scandinavia, and the Orient. Take a nomadic journey with Bohemian-Chic style and a little bit of Gipsy love.

The many patterns and materials define the rhythm of the collection, offering a glimpse of faraway lands.







Look at the gorgeous patterns and such fabulous colourways!









Velvet Revolution

Velvet Revolution - Warwick Velvets

We had a wonderful afternoon hosting Velvet Revolution last Friday.


Velvet was first introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants. Traditionally made from silk and associated with nobility, in 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in velveto.
Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which cut threads create a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel. The word ‘velvety’ is used as an adjective to mean “smooth like velvet.”


WDL Christmas Party

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Check out the photos on our Facebook page

We had the pleasure to entertain and host a Xmas party at the WDL this year. Our fabric suppliers, designers and industry related folk attended in numbers to celebrate the year. We had the Hot Cafe Quartet who contributed to a marvellous night of eating, drinking and laughter. Lots of talk about next year, positive thoughts and ideas with the thought of new designs and product coming through to inspire. The key to 2013 will be innovative thoughts and techniques to create customer awareness, loyalty and good experiences within our business`s.

Looking forward to being part of it, have a safe and restful Xmas break.

Happy Days,


Timeless and Tasteful

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November brings in a new season of  timeless and tasteful Jane Churchill fabrics in pretty prints and sumptuous velvets.

Jane Churchill at Atelier Textiles

Andrew Martin Interiors

Andrew Martin Laundry at Wellington Design Library










Andrew Martin’s  Berkeley and Laundry spring collections bring together style, elegance, comfort and an element of escapism from ‘everyday life’.

Also at WDL is the sort after, and in limited numbers,  annual release of Andrew Martin Interiors design Review Book.

Vivace & Jean Paul Gaultier

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Today at WDL, Vivace Textiles presented with some inspiring collections from Dedar and Lelievre, including also their first collection of fabrics and accessories from Jean Paul Gaultier – Amazing!

“I’m only a fashion designer, my job is to dress and I impregnated upholstery codes of my collections.” Jean Paul Gaultier


Orla Kiely & Harlequin


New Harlequin wallpapers presentation with stunning signature designs by Orla Kiely for Harlequin.

Founded in 1995, the Orla Kiely brand has become a byword for inspirational design, quality and visual innovation which is driven by Orla’s love of pattern, colour and texture.




News Flash


OMG Leah Bradley from James Dunlop and Sue Bushell from the WDL have just been to the grand opening of Ronald McDonald House in Newtown.
Frances Fraser of Honour Creative has done an amazing job as the Interior Designer. This was no “paint by number” installation. Frances has  a great eye for colour, design and proportion….Absolutely gorgeous… an all-round inspirational project.

Colour Reignites the Industry

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Stronger colours are emerging this season, although one can still sit comfortably with pastels, modern versions of shell, pink and grey.

Lots of interesting combinations such as strong yellow golds with charcoal. Fushia and navy, tangerine with aqua or jade. Interiors colours always mimic the fashion industry.

This month at the Wellington design Library we have seen some astonishing collections:

Unique fabrics have launched their new Zimmer Rohde home collection, inspired by the cultural diversity of urban living. The Ardecora collection Les Années folles, state of the art twenties inspired collection, view on the Unique website.

Unique fabrics also showing their new UV pro collection and extensive well coloured indoor /outdoor range.

Trimtex have released new tiebacks, exciting range of upholstery fixings, diamond studs and new fringing for your cushions or curtains.

James Dunlop have had huge success with their Art and Soul collections, breathtaking example of digital printing, reproducing them across velvets, canvas and linens and wall art. Their Mokum brand released a new collection designed by Catherine Martin.

This has been inspired by Catherine`s passion for the flora and fauna of her native country Australia, sparked in part by her extensive research for the design of Baz Luhrmann`s film Australia

Just this week we saw the very latest from the Sanderson, Zoffany group distributed in NZ by Textilia.

Chris Warren the export manager for the group was here from the UK, speaking passionately about the new collections. Richmond Hill from Sanderson. Showcasing the skill of the Sanderson design team and Zoffany Town and Country, sophisticated mineral inspired colour palette, beautiful and luxurious quality such as wool satin, silky velvets, tweeds and prints, both have fabric and wallpaper collections.

Also a mention new Textilia stock collections, stylish, refined and timeless widewidth drapery.

Looking forward to the up and coming launch of the latest Andrew Martin represented by Unique fabrics. Always an innovative stunning collection. If you get a chance, look at the latest edition of the Andrew Martin design review book, very inspiring.

Bye for this month,




Zoffany and Sanderson


Chris Warren UK based export manager for Zoffany and Sanderson. Launched the new collection Richmond Hill for Sanderson and Town and Country for Zoffany. It was an entertaining and informative day with Chris here in Wellington. ( images on webite for Zoff and  Sanderson)

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