Designing colourful wallcoverings and fabrics since 1886
From acidic greens to tangerine orange, one of the biggest interior trends of the season is the return of bright colours and bold hues.
And no one is more in tune with this vibrant look for the home than Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo), one of the oldest continually operating design houses in the United States. Renowned in the industry as a trailblazer for colourful wallcoverings and exquisite fabrics, the company counts the likes of the Obamas (they chose Thibaut’s wallpaper for The White House) and international interior designers such as Henrietta Spencer Churchill, as fans.
Most recently, Thibaut launched Dynasty, a collection of wallpaper and fabrics (print, embroidered and woven), all inspired by the elegance of Asian culture. A fresh interpretation of chinoiserie with a modern twist, patterns in the range include blossoming cherry trees and exotic, large-scale flora; an architectural bamboo trellis and intricate lattice weave; and scenic toiles with lush tree and pagoda detailing. Set to be equally visually striking is the forthcoming Indienne-influenced, painterly Palampore collection of print and woven fabrics by Anna French (Thibaut acquired the luxury brand, which specialises in wallcoverings, fabrics, embroideries and Scottish lace, in 2007).
The studio uses a variety of methods to create its fashion-forward designs, from state-of-the-art technology to simple hand-painting techniques. Patterns may originate from an antique document, sketch or commissioned artwork but what unites them is that each has a distinctly vivid Thibaut signature palette that conjures up the feeling of a sunny Californian lifestyle. Alongside the florals, geometrics and damask patterns, Thibaut has a vast selection of eco-friendly grasscloth wallcoverings and embossed vinyl textures – both staples in the 1970s which are now making a comeback and are in demand from interior designers for the walls of the most sophisticated London homes. These handcrafted wallcoverings include woven jute, seagrass, raffia, extra fine sisal, and natural corks with printed metallic.
Over the last few years, Thibaut has also expanded its offering of performance fabrics. Created specifically for family-friendly living, they are woven to meet or exceed heavy-duty requirements for upholstery and provide clients with a solution that is durable, breathable and stain-resistant. They are constantly experimenting with fresh, new ideas: the design and marketing teams work closely together to respond to the directions of the upper-end of the interiors market, combining their creative vision with the needs of today’s home owner. And since it is not limited by the capabilities of its own manufacturing facility, Thibaut uses myriad printing and weaving techniques, and mills all over the world – meaning the colour and design options are virtually endless.
Whether a client is looking for a smart shoji fabric panel in red and blue, a playful jellyfish bloom wallpaper in coral and turquoise or a hot pink ikat stripe linen, at Thibaut, there really is a colour and pattern to suit everyone. The future is looking bright.
Thibaut, 2nd Floor South Dome, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London SW10 0XE. +44 (0)20 7737 6555