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Publication Date: 2016-03-30

Inspiration

12 British Brands to Know Now

It's difficult to overstate the design contributions of the island nation that gave us everything from the Victoria & Albert to Vivienne Westwood. See 12 UK-based brands that are inspiring us across every category, from furnishings to fabrics and accessories.

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Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, Amy Somerville London produces handcrafted pieces from the finest materials, like American black walnut and European oak. Hand-applied and bespoke finishes add to the unique detailing that has become the brand’s calling card.

Created by antiques dealer Will Fisher, Jamb’s diverse collection faithfully reproduces historical pieces from multiple eras across many categories, including lanterns, tables, benches, chairs, sofas, and intricately carved chimneypieces.

Founded just under a decade ago, The Lacquer Company combines the ancient Eastern craft of lacquer with a modern British sensibility. Rita Konig, Flair and Steven Gambrel all collaborated on several designs, with founder James Lowther dividing his time between London, New York, and production in Saigon.

After training as a graphic artist in her native Istanbul, Esti Barnes founded TOPFLOOR by Esti in London in 1998. After winning “best of the year” awards from Elle Decoration UK and Interior Design magazine, Esti expanded her collection of signature rugs with unique surface carving and colour shading.

Bringing together contemporary, antique, and 20th century design, Soane Britain makes outstanding furniture, lighting, upholstery, fabrics, and accessories. Every piece is made to client specifications, using the best in British craftsmanship.

Claudio Marco founded Villaverde London in 2003 to introduce lighting in unique finishes and colours to a worldwide audience. Combining traditional techniques using materials such as Murano, crystal and wood, the Villaverde team works with Italian artisans to create luxury lighting for interiors across the globe.

 

Drawing on 40 years of experience in the metal industry, the team at Collier Webb designs and makes luxury lighting, furniture, and hardware. Cast largely in bronze, the company’s expert metalwork employs lost-wax casting, a demanding yet beautiful process requiring the knowledge of a master practitioner.

Luxe British brand Imperatorum creates 12 styles of furniture per year, organized into three distinct collections. Each release merges together two different cultures or design traditions, creating a series of unique pieces, all crafted in the UK.

With collections introduced seasonally, Aura produces luxury furniture, lighting, and accessories, often using materials like leather, cast brass, bronze, bone, and horn. Their pieces appear everywhere from hotels to yachts and palaces around the world.

Known particularly for an imaginative use of wood in furniture design, Linley mixes traditional and modern techniques to create products that represent British craftsmanship. Clients have included Oprah Winfrey and Carolina Herrera, as well as designers such as Peter Marino and Ralph Lauren.

From his workshop in London’s Chelsea Design Quarter, Simon Orrell creates unique furniture and accessories using historic materials like parchment and shagreen that add to each item’s rich tactile finish. He recently launched a home accessories collection as well as a diffusion line.

Established in 1800, Tillys Interiors Ltd started as a family business dedicated to naval outfitting, and then became a bespoke tailoring firm. Today, the company produces a wide range of high-end window treatments and blinds, including curtain poles, tracks, drawrods, eyelets, hooks, and more.

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