The Colefax & Fowler brand name has represented quintessential English style ever since the 1930s, when Lady Colefax began creating interiors for her well-connected circle of friends. Today, the company consists of a diverse range of textile, furniture and interior design brands including contemporary Larsen, Parisian studio Manuel Canovas, Jane Churchill, Cowtan and Tout, and Devon-made Kingcome sofas. Not to mention the interior decorating firm, Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler, which continues the company’s heritage, delivering interiors to a resolutely confidential clientele with uncompromising attention to detail.
It is the diverse offering of the brands within the group that allows it to offer luxurious comfort all-round, from high quality fabrics to sumptuous sofas. Colefax & Fowler (as well as its partner brands) launch collections internationally every six months, most recently adding a selection of embroidered trimmings. A series of nine decorative braids that celebrate craftsmanship and embellishment, ‘Mirador Trimmings’ are classically tasteful with a subtle maximalist feel. Each design has also been curated to sit alongside the entire range of fabrics and wallpapers.
It is the diverse offering of the brands within the
group that allows it to offer luxurious comfort all-round, from high quality fabrics to sumptuous sofas
When it comes to upholstered furniture, a key brand in the Colefax Group stable is Kingcome. The company was founded in 1971 in Totnes, Devon, by charismatic WWII flying ace Group Captain Brian Kingcome and his wife Lesley, a former Vogue model. It soon cemented its place as a British institution known for manufacturing the highest quality furniture from the best materials. The timeless collection is designed to complement any interior, whether traditional or contemporary, and includes numerous sofa and chair styles, stools, ottomans and dining chairs.
The team believes in the life-enhancing value of fine furniture, handmade in the English tradition. Many of the expert craftsmen and women at Kingcome have been working there for decades, proud to pass on skills to a new generation of young artisans. They pride themselves on their personalised service, meticulous care and attention to detail, quality and longevity. Specialist disciplines within the company range from cabinet making, carpentry, wood turning and polishing, to pattern cutting, upholstery, machine sewing, and hand sewing. All of which can be used to meet specific customer requirements, creating customised and bespoke furniture that reflects an individual’s taste and personality.
Every piece of furniture is built to stand the test of time. The classic sofas and chairs, often realised with a modern twist, are designed to become treasured heirlooms. Frames are crafted to order from sustainable hardwood timber and the company has a reputation for its excellent fabric cutting, pattern matching, as well for handstitched buttons, skirts, and finishes.
Alongside the showroom in London’s Chelsea, which serves both private customers and interior designers, Kingcome has recently launched an ecommerce platform featuring an edited range of pieces from its extensive catalogue. Here, customers can view the collection and make customisations to the style of fabric and size of the piece. An integral part of the Colefax Group, Kingcome is the go-to for the finest handmade furniture.
Colefax & Fowler, Colefax & Fowler Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE, Kingcome 110 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HU +44 (0)20 8877 6400
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