Cole & Son was first established in 1875 in the north London borough of Islington, an area renowned for its many hand block printing businesses at the time. Today, the company’s archive is a beautiful and inspiring chronicle of artistic styles and expressions spanning three centuries. It consists of approximately 2,000 block print designs, 500 screen print patterns and a vast quantity of original drawings and wallpapers.
This archive and log of commissions attest to some of the most important decorating schemes of the 19th and 20th centuries, from stately homes such as Chatsworth House, Blickling Hall and Audley End, to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the wallpaper designs of AW Pugin, which featured in the Palace of Westminster.
On occasion, this extensive archive is a source of inspiration for new designs within collections. Elements from historic prints and patterns are carefully selected, adapted and coloured by the brand’s artists and printed by craftsmen to produce wallpapers faithful to the character of the original document, yet contemporary in feel.
With a commitment to, and passion for, excellence, Cole & Son is dedicated to creating unique and distinctive designs that help shape inviting interiors through colour and pattern
Some of Cole & Son’s most beloved prints have inspired a fabric collection. The ‘Contemporary Collection – Fabrics’ is a curated range of textiles, including the lusciously leafed ‘Palm Jungle’, which is offered as a linen union and velvet, as well as the contemporary classic ‘Woods’. Launched at Salone del Mobile 2022 was an exciting new collaboration with Stella McCartney. ‘Fungi Forest’ – based on the designer’s summer 2022 toile de Jouy print – is reimagined as a wallcovering on the company’s most sustainable base to date: a new eco substrate derived from 79 per cent renewable fibres with a manufacturing process that produces 30 per cent less greenhouse gases than traditional non-woven wallcoverings.
Summer 2022 also sees the company pay homage to its roots with a collection of wallpapers titled ‘The Gardens’. Emanating from the world of art, ‘The Gardens’ tells the enduring story of nature’s vistas, as rendered through the artist’s brush. Hand-drawn and hand- painted over countless hours, the ever-changing light, colour palette, and organic movement witnessed in gardens and outside spaces is delicately captured with every stroke.
‘The Gardens: Vol. I’, wallpapers are a series of epic design stories each containing their own extraordinary chapters. Three distinct panoramas make up the collection: the romance of the sweeping English garden is met with the fanciful whimsy of flora and foliage of a sun-drenched land, with the narrative complete in the understated natural beauty of a woodland through the seasons. These expansive landscapes are complemented by two foliage designs of petite petals and a lush patchwork of inflorescence bursts that can either be used in isolation as an all-over print or as a coordinate to break up the panels.
‘The Gardens: Vol. I’ will be followed by ‘The Gardens: Vol. II’, Cole & Son’s second fabric collection. The latter offers an exquisite selection of fabric complements in rich jacquards, crisp poplin and lustred velvet, enhancing the home with
an elegance that is uniquely yours.
With a commitment to, and passion for, excellence, Cole & Son is dedicated to creating unique and distinctive designs that help shape inviting interiors through colour and pattern.
Cole & Son, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD +44 (0)20 8442 8844
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