The Anthology brand derives its name from the dictionary definition: ‘a collection of artistic works that have a similar form or subject, often those considered to be the best’.
Developed by the Harlequin Group in 2014, Anthology offers fresh, creative finishes and subtle textures that will bring definition and style to both contemporary contract and domestic interiors. Whilst the original ranges featured innovative and eclectic wallcoverings, the offer has now been extended to include fabrics with the first collection of Anthology fabrics launching in winter 2015.
In keeping with the wallcoverings, the fabrics have a distinctly international flavour and a global colour palette. The influence of contemporary fashion is very marked, and to draw inspiration for this cosmopolitan look the Design Studio visited several fashion exhibitions and ateliers.
Anthology Fabrics comprises a collection of conversational pieces, compiled across six books including Textures 01 and Translucents 01, accessorised by four plains in a comprehensive palette of mineral shades with eye-catching highlights of accent colours. They will be presented in a niche range of small-size pattern books, to facilitate their use by designers and specifiers.
According to Design Director Claire Vallis, the concept behind the collection is ‘to provide the interior designer with the resources to create stunning schemes without in any way being prescriptive. We wanted to give them the tools to create a story themselves, rather than serving up a complete package with little room for individuality. We worked very closely with two particular mills to achieve the highest quality and the best possible ranges in terms of design and colour.’
All the books, with the exception of Veda, are wide-width, drapery weight and all the fabrics meet the stringent flammability requirements of the contract and maritime markets both in the UK and internationally. Stylish, practical and durable, they are fully washable at lower temperatures and faster drying thereby reducing energy consumption.
The Anthology fabrics represent a sophisticated combination of matte and shine and have a glorious handle, finish and drape. The feature book, Textures 01, comprises an eclectic mix of elegant textures inspired by organic structures and minerals including swirling marble and tree bark effects, peeling plaster and degraded concrete. It embodies the trend towards industrial utilitarianism which is an ever-evolving look for fashion-led interiors.
The sheers book, Translucents 01, captures the creativity of pioneering fabric technology, with its three-dimensional structures and innovative weaving techniques. The plains encompass two-tone effects, shimmery satins, small-scale textures and a deliciously tactile, deep pile velvet, which is also suitable for upholstery.
Group Contracts Director, Carolyn Mitchell, is thrilled to have this selection of fabrics within the company’s portfolio: ‘The brief was to create a library of essential luxury, taking contract fabrics to a new level in the market whilst still being mindful of value for money. Anthology fabrics have been designed and sourced specifically for trade to give interior designers free rein to express their flair and creativity.’