A leading British fabric house, specialising in sophisticated textural weaves
Founded nearly 80 years ago by interior designer and antiques dealer George Spencer Churchill, the company was originally an interior design business.
George Spencer Designs was bought by interior designer Sally Metcalfe in 1986, who took the company in a new direction when she introduced her own collections of hand-blocked wallpaper, trimmings and fabrics. Over the years the company has become a notable British fabric house and a go-to resource for the interior design industry. It regularly launches its own collections as well as representing a few carefully chosen names from Europe, Australia and the USA.
Following Sally’s retirement, George Spencer Designs moved to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour in 2017. George Spencer Designs has a hallmark style of its own: luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural organic fibres, textural weaves and craft mills. The collection is comprised of curtain and upholstery fabrics, wallcoverings (including ‘Japan’, a collaboration with Neisha Crosland, which features four intensely detailed, soft and subtle patterns that are intended to be used as a backdrop rather than a feature design), classic trimmings and braids. The fabrics – linens, velvets, cottons, mohair and silk – come in a colour palette that ranges from textural neutrals to bold hues and designs for feature upholstery and curtaining.
The idea is that different tones coordinate and harmonise without matching exactly, to create a look that derives from the English country house tradition, but is made fresh, modern and relevant for interiors today. Not about fashion, but very much on trend, the fabrics are quietly brilliant, with distinctive textures and colours that often nod to a 20th-century vintage feel.
The wallpapers are block-printed by hand in designs that vary from elegant, single colours to elaborate, large-scale eight-shade patterns. There are eight collections of trimmings including fringes, decorative cords and braids, tassels and button tufts, which are all made in the UK. Everything comes in a range of house colours but customised colours are also available to special order. New fabric designs this year include Fern, an exuberant modern botanical; Kea, a heavy, textured weave linen with colourways inspired by natural rock formation; Linen Velvets, with a weighty handle and plush finish; Amadea, a modern take on a traditional paisley; and Hamptons Linen, which comes in gently faded colours and a vintage finish inspired by seaside living.
Alongside the in-house collections, George Spencer Designs also represents a few carefully chosen international fabric and wallpaper houses which share the same feel and ethos, such as Zak & Fox, Maison C and Paris L’Apres Midi. The newest introductions include Aux Abris, a New York-based boutique design studio that specialises in fine wallcoverings printed on grass cloth, raw silk, canvas, woven Japanese paper and other distinctive textures; and Pavoni, Europe’s most innovative leather producer, which creates specialist leathers for upholstery, flooring, wall panelling and many other applications. All collections share the same exceptional craftsmanship and quality, and classic contemporary feel.
George Spencer Designs, 310-311 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF. +44 (0)20 7584 3003