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For the longest time, sofas were universally upholstered in neutral greys, creams and beiges, placid colours designed to fade into the background, no matter how rich the materials or workmanship that had gone into making the piece. Lately, thanks to some amazing collaborations between fashion houses and interior design brands, we’re seeing an explosion of colour in the living room. It’s about time!
The idea of the sofa as a statement piece is fully supported by our friends at Multiyork, manufacturers of tailor-made sofas and armchairs in Britain for the past three decades. They’ve led the way in educating consumers about how to choose fabrics and styles for a customised sofa experience.
Dream Team For Handmade Sofa Designs
Now they’ve teamed up with two innovative design companies that specialise in creating eye-popping textiles. With a 1/2 price summer sale now on, it’s the perfect time to order a Multiyork bespoke handmade sofa featuring fabrics from the textile geniuses at Monsoon and Boeme.
Boeme is a British design studio founded by painter Jo Bound in 2011. Many of the stunning textiles in the company’s catalogue are based on Bound’s fine art paintings. Her explorations of the natural world on canvas are translated into printed fabrics that are then manufactured into statement pieces that could easily anchor any room.
We love the painterly qualities of Boeme’s Ranmore Oxide on Multiyork’s Olivia chaise longue. Pick out any of the pattern’s dreamy colours – navy, smokey grey – to establish a palette for decorating a bedroom or lounge. This startling combination blends an old world shape with a subdued impressionistic aesthetic.
Boeme’s exclusive range for Multiyork also includes the mesmerising Panorama Rose fabric – a bold print that can turn any sofa into a piece of art. It’s shown here on the Gosfield sofa.
Read more about Multiyork’s collaboration with Boeme here.
For more stately (or occasionally even more riotous) colour and pattern combinations, look to Multiyork’s partnership with the high street fashion brand Monsoon. Following up two previous collections, their 2017 collaboration features six new designs.
Our favourite has to be Calista in rosewater, a contemporary fabric blend covered in birds and blooming flowers. It would look so great on the squishy Verona armchair, perhaps with a contrasting foot stool covered with Calista in denim blue. Once you start mixing patterns, prints and beautiful colours, you may find it difficult to stop.
Monsoon specialises is updating vintage and traditional prints in fresh and exciting ways. Whether abstract, dotted or geometric in form, designs such as Lennox Ocean (shown here on the Long Island Snuggler) and combinations such as the Greenwich sofa in Alivia Coral paired with a large rectangular footstool in Colby Raspberry, are pretty much state of the art.
Patterns and colour run riot in these supremely fun upholstered pieces from Multiyork. Play around with their online mix and match platform to discover a combo that suits your personality and needs. Want the best of both worlds? You can also order slipcovers in a more subdued style for when the parents come to visit, or seasonal change demands a refresh. This is the lovely thing about bespoke – it’s all about getting what suits your life, rather than adjusting your life to accommodate a new possession.
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