UK-based British design studio, Wallace Sewell, was established by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell in 1992. Combining innovation with practical solutions, Wallace Sewell are known for their use of colour and fascination with woven structure in their range of woven hotel interior accessories. Their diverse portfolio includes a signature collection of woven hotel interior accessories, made using luxury merino lamb’s wool and woven at a family fun mill in Lancashire. They have worked with various boutique hotels and on hospitality projects, designing and producing bespoke bedspreads and corporate gifts. They are the designers of many of Transport for London’s seating fabrics and are guest designers for a home and interior retailer and a contract furnishing fabric company, both based in the US.
Their diverse portfolio includes scarves for the Tate museums as well as moquette fabric designs for Transport for London’s underground seating. When exhibiting for the first time in 1992, their pieces created much enthusiasm and interest, particularly from Barney’s, New York who placed an order for scarves. This proved instrumental in helping to lay the foundations of the Wallace Sewell brand. Barneys are still buying today and Wallace Sewell now supply over 400 stockists in 25 countries.
Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus for its aesthetic and design ideology, Wallace Sewell strives to unite craft and manufacturing, embracing traditional techniques. The initial design process begins on handlooms in the London and Dorset studios. Production then takes place in a family-run mill, fusing tradition with state of the art technology, allowing flexibility in order to weave a variety of qualities from small batches to larger quantities of the woven hotel interior accessories. Fabric is then washed and pressed at the finishers to give the cloth a luxurious handle.
Emma and Harriet are proud to have always worked in the UK, embracing the British Textile Industry for its wealth of expertise and production excellence with hotel distinctive textile design.