“I want to take you on a journey through some of our most treasured design collaborations. It's a story about colour, texture, and the art that inspires us and the artists we work with.” Michal
Cloth was founded in 2000 as a collaboration between Christopher Farr, Michal Silver and Matthew Bourne. For Christopher Farr and Matthew Bourne, who spearheaded the contemporary rug design movement of the past 30 years, designing fabrics was a natural progression.
Trained as a fashion designer, Michal’s love for fabrics was born while creating the men’s and women’s collections for Mulberry in the mid to late 1990s where she used interior textiles to create her designs.
Drawing on their art backgrounds, Cloth very quickly focused its collection around prints. Together, they discovered an artisanal print house on the outskirts of London that became a laboratory for Cloth experiments and played a central role in the development of the collection.
Today the printed textiles continue to be produced in the UK, and the collection comprises over 60 designs of prints and weaves. Cloth works with the best contemporary artists and designers – including Kit Kemp, Tord Boontje, Javier Mariscal, Kate Blee, Ilse Crawford, and Commune – to create stunning new work whilst also searching the archives of design pioneers of the last century such as Anni Albers, Raoul Dufy and Michael Szell to produce new collections for a new audience.
As its collection expands, Cloth maintains the same principles of artistic experimentation and a willingness to explore new techniques that have guided its success for more than a decade.