This year luxury textile and surface design Fameed Khalique has launched his very first ready-made cushion collection. Diverse and striking, the luxury cushions are a celebratory round up of the key elements of Fameed’s design ethos, incorporating high-quality materials and expert craftsmanship with unusual and specialist techniques to create timeless designs.
The collection is distinguished by the beautiful construction of the fabric, its tactile quality and the richness of its hues. Although the materials are curated from places as far away as Laos and India, the cushions themselves are made in England.
A combination of otherworldliness with the underlying strength of Greek mythology inspires these three cushions from a collection of glamorous yet understated metallics. The designer himself discusses their inspiration and craftsmanship.
“Kallisto is a bold masculine style using a hand-plaited, aged metallic bronze leather that is made for us in India. It has a soft contrasting texture of suede on the back. I love woven, knitted and plaited leathers and they feature strongly in the collection. I also love materials that look as if they are something else and then surprise you when you touch them and Kallisto certainly does that.
Leather is a natural product with individual characteristics and the workshop crafting these use manual processes and traditional tools to produce a unique piece with a time-worn look inspired by artisan offerings to ancient deity.”
“The double-sided Aella cushion of hand woven mini-weave leather is also coloured by hand with metallic bronze pigment to give a rich organic texture to shine in any room.
The natural pigments of this piece will transform through time as the leather matures and along with becoming softer, the textural aspects will become richer like your favourite family heirloom.”
“The Zeus cushion‘s material is a world first and was only developed within the past few years. It’s a combination of leather and silk woven together on a hand loom. The designer – whose family have woven silk for generations in Laos – was looking for a new fabric they could create and weave. Marrying two fantastic materials together, they use finely cut micro strips of leather that are painstakingly hand-woven onto silk looms. The silk is naturally dyed using organic Laotian pigments and the results are often colours that only Mother Nature can create.
This basket weave pattern in a rich metallic pewter colour hints at the geometric designs of Art Deco and, with the tonal plain Italian Napa back, is a sophisticated addition to any home.”