Osborne & Little has been designing fabric and wallpaper for nearly half a century and is one of the world’s leading names in design.
Cherishing its reputation for innovation and quality, it has grown into one of the great British brands. It was started in 1968 at the height of the Swinging Sixties by Peter Osborne and Antony Little, when they launched their first collection of hand-printed wallpapers from their showroom on Chelsea’s King’s Road. Surrounded by hip shops, this was the place where trends began, and Osborne & Little was right at the heart of it. This first collection won awards, broadened design horizons and brought instant success.
Over the years, Osborne & Little has grown its distinguished product range in all directions; its collections now include silks and embroideries, printed linens and cottons, wools and velvets and chenilles, voiles and trimmings.
Today the brand sells to more than 90 countries throughout the world, with the USA its biggest market with six showrooms, including New York and Los Angeles. Osborne & Little has supplied The White House and numerous presidential and royal palaces around the world. Its more typical client may not occupy a palace but nevertheless craves the unusual in interior design without compromising quality. The company’s pioneering style of advertising established a very particular image for the brand, both witty and whimsical, reflecting the creative and eclectic character of their collections.
Osborne & Little has worked with renowned names such as Zandra Rhodes, Quentin Blake and Lorca, and has distributed the collections of Nina Campbell since 1989 and those of Matthew Williamson since 2013. The brand also has an association with the Royal College of Art and regularly commissions designs from talented young designers whose names will undoubtedly come to be well-known in the future.
Osborne & Little products can be seen in major hotels around the world from Marrakech to Moscow. They also receive commissions for special projects from international companies
such as Bacardi and Samsung, and are particularly proud to have created a design for the launch of Heathrow’s Terminal Five and British Airways lounges worldwide. ‘British Isles Damask’ includes, within its all-over pattern, allusions to the four countries of the United Kingdom – the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and flax leaves for Northern Ireland. This design has been reinterpreted as a damask wallpaper in metallic colourways in the 2018 spring collection Manarola.
One of the centrepieces of the 50th anniversary collection is typical of Osborne & Little’s individual and quirky style. Celebrating the British love of Italy, the Portovenere design features a tumble of painted houses on the Italian Rivera interspersed with palm trees facing out to sea. The journey through Italy continues to Venice, where the magnificent palazzi and art inspire opulent printed and woven velvets in Palazzo Velvets.
Such is the success of Osborne & Little’s designs that many are now housed in museum collections like the Victoria & Albert in London, the Cooper Hewitt in New York and The Art Institute of Chicago. Today, the brand is as inspired and energetic as ever, creating a constant stream of new collections that push boundaries.
OSBORNE & LLITTLE 304 KINGS ROAD, LONDON, SW3 5UH +44 (0)20 8812 3123