Meet the Maker: Lewis & Wood


Meet the Maker: Lewis & Wood

 

One of the companies I have been most thrilled to discover recently is Lewis & Wood.  My visit to London Design Week last week gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet the brilliant and charming Stephen Lewis and rest my weary feet surrounded by their beautiful and uplifting collection.

Lewis & Beech - Beech

Lewis & Beech - Beech

Lewis & Wood is a British supplier of beautiful and unusual fabrics and wallpapers.  Collaborating with artists from different disciplines to produce design collections is the hallmark of the company’s commitment to offer original and inspirational interiors.   

Established 20 years ago by textile printer Stephen Lewis it is highly regarded by interior decorators, contract clients and retail customers who appreciate the company’s commitment to producing original British fabrics and wallpapers.

Famous for its signature ‘Character’ and ‘Sporting’ designs which are based on historic prints and engravings evoking the beauty and nature of the countryside, Lewis & Wood’s eclectic collections range from large scale floral prints to classic checks and stripes which all display a commitment to developing and supporting the best of British fabric and wallpaper design and manufacturing. 

Lewis & Wood: New METRICA Collection

Lewis & Wood: New METRICA Collection

Discovering and nurturing artistic talent from other applied arts such as engravers, ceramicists, muralists and decorative painters to create a series of stunning collections, is a unique characteristic of Lewis & Wood’s innovative and dynamic approach to design.

Recent collaborations include working with wood engraver Andrew Davidson on Royal Oak, a modern toile interpretation of the English countryside featuring St Mary’s spire in nearby Tetbury, the home of Prince Charles, as a fabric and Wide Width Wallpaper; the brilliantly talented decorative artist Melissa White on the new Rococo collection; Jenny Stringer, an artist whose block printing skills were transferred to create a beautiful linen fabric, Floreat, for the Wit & Wisdom collection, and decorative artist Adam Calkin whose large scale floral designs such as Adam’s Eden, Ipek Damask and Jasper Peony have become the company’s bestselling designs. Lewis & Wood have also created a dramatic new wallpaper and fabric collection called English Ethnic, featuring three women artists, which launched to critical acclaim two years ago in March 2014 at London Design Week.

Lewis & Wood: Chateau, Wide Width Wallpaper. Designed by decorative painter Adam Calkin, this dramatic and open design was inspired by a fragment of a fresco wall painting found in a French chateau.

Lewis & Wood: Chateau, Wide Width Wallpaper.

Designed by decorative painter Adam Calkin, this dramatic and open design was inspired by a fragment of a fresco wall painting found in a French chateau.

The majority of Lewis & Wood’s fabrics and wallpapers are manufactured and printed in Britain. Fabric such as heavy linen is sourced from the finest Scottish weavers while the cotton comes from the manufacturing mills around Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

Special finishes and design specifications are one of the hallmarks of the company’s commitment to producing beautiful and stylish interiors, from the tumbled linen drape of a curtain, to the legendary Wide Width Wallpapers which have become something of a signature product. With the ability to now print in-house at their studio they have embarked onexpanding production of metallic wallpapers,  recolouring old favourites such as Indienne and Ipek Damask and last year produced our first bespoke ‘site specific’ paper, Sika, from the new English Ethnic collection. 

Lewis & Wood: Sika, Wide With Wallpaper SIKA is one of two glorious wallpapers designed for Lewis & Wood by professional muralist Flora Roberts for their English Ethnic collection. It is also their first double width wallcovering with each panel 3.5m long and 113cm wide making a 2.22m horizontal repeat. It is a stunner for hallways, dining rooms and focus walls. 

Lewis & Wood: Sika, Wide With Wallpaper

SIKA is one of two glorious wallpapers designed for Lewis & Wood by professional muralist Flora Roberts for their English Ethnic collection. It is also their first double width wallcovering with each panel 3.5m long and 113cm wide making a 2.22m horizontal repeat. It is a stunner for hallways, dining rooms and focus walls. 

A new Wallpaper Studio which launched in March 2015 allows for the dramatic display of the Wide Width Wallpapers as the company has recently doubled the size of the London showroom. It also heralds the start of a new bespoke service offering interior designers a highly individual service for their clients, creating specific colourways, finishes and background colours.   

Lewis & Wood: METRICA - Jacko Tutti Frutti

Lewis & Wood: METRICA - Jacko Tutti Frutti

The Lewis & Wood Gloucestershire headquarters and offices are housed in a light and airy mill in the South Cotswolds, at Woodchester near Stroud, while the company’s flagship London showroom is at the world renowned Design Centre East at Chelsea Harbour.   

It’s well worth a visit.