The first John Myland opened his shop making and selling paints on South Lambeth Road, south London, in 1884, making Mylands the oldest family-run paint and polishes manufacturer in Britain.
The factory is still in Lambeth today and now run by John Myland’s great-grandson, CEO Dominic Myland. Dominic’s 18-year-old son Harvey also works in the factory. Historically Mylands has supplied trade and its wares have been used in specialist restoration and pigment-matching projects, among others, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Buckingham Palace State Rooms. During the war, Mylands developed camouflage paints for London bridges including Waterloo and Blackfriars.
Mylands has perfected the art of making paint with unique recipes, superior ingredients and an unwavering dedication to quality
Mylands has a long-standing history of developing special paints for the film, television and theatre industries. Apart from supplying television studios and West End theatres, it also supplies paints for Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, for productions like James Bond, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.
Today Mylands is the last remaining paint manufacturer in London and the only decorative paint and polishes manufacturer in Britain to hold a Royal Warrant. The time-honoured techniques and passion for paint and wood finishes has been handed down over the years, and Mylands has perfected the art of making paint with unique recipes, superior ingredients and an unwavering dedication to quality. Using years of experience and the most modern and environmentally friendly scientific advances, they produce colours that are rich and pure, authentic yet versatile and highly pigmented. The company is renowned for its thick, lustrous paint, which has outstanding coverage and opacity and is exceptionally hard-wearing and easy to use. Its traditional approach is enhanced by the use of the latest technology in paint development.
Mylands has been the best-kept secret among interior design professionals and scenic artists for over 130 years. When, at the demand of its theatrical customers, Mylands decided to broaden its sales, it produced its first consumer colour card, Colours of London. Its Marble Matt paint formula is unique. It contains crushed Italian Carrara marble because Dominic Myland decided to experiment with techniques used by Italian Renaissance artists. The present-day technicians were initially concerned that the formula would not be stable, but after months of development, this astonishing premium paint, with its dead flat finish that is washable, retouchable and scrubbable, is one of Mylands’s most popular products.
The factory is still in Lambeth today and now run by John Myland’s great-grandson, CEO Dominic Myland. Dominic’s 18-year-old son Harvey also works in the factory
Always at the forefront of art, design and culture, Mylands works with numerous art and historical institutions across Britain. At Frieze London 2018 it created a signature neon pink for The River Café’s first-ever pop-up restaurant and a bespoke Frieze Gallery White, used throughout the fair. The National Portrait Gallery’s Thomas Gainsborough exhibition features an array of bespoke and existing colours from The Colours of London card, including Brompton Road No.205 and Eaton Square. 2019 sees Mylands launch a new colour card of 24 greys and neutrals, featuring timeless shades from a classic and sophisticated architectural palette as well as some exciting collaborations with designers and artists.
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