Inspired by the doll and cabinet houses of the 1800s onwards, we’re pleased to announce the availability in store of the new Chesham Cabinet Collection by Liberty Fabrics.
The design team at Liberty took their inspiration from a colonial Indian cabinet, similar to the ones that would have been commissioned by expats in India and sold at Liberty’s Chesham House store in the 1880s. Liberty reworked it into a cabinet house, using it to create new and captivating fabric designs and in the process have brought the magical world of miniature to life.
Master craftsmen followed the Dutch cabinet style to create The Chesham Cabinet House, complete with windows, walls, and ladders. Each room in the cabinet house has inspired the creation of the Chesham Cabinet Collection.
Emma Mawston, Head of Design at Liberty Fabrics, had this to say:
“True to the ethos of Arthur Liberty, we have created a collection based on a unique concept. Interesting and quirky collaborations work perfectly alongside in-house works of art and historical archive reconstructions. We don’t follow trends but are led by the beauty of our inspiration, our intuition, and customer desires.”
Featured in the Cinema Room are the Lady Kristina prints. Originating from a series of exquisitely hand painted artworks created for Liberty in the 1920s and 30s, these tree of life designs have been used for various textiles including cushions, throws, and kimonos.
The Bedroom in the cabinet exhibits the Petronella Chintz fabrics, which were inspired by an Oriental floral drawing from an 1820s book found in the Liberty archive. Persian style pinks and carnations have been drawn in symmetry to create a medallion layout.
Porthmeor Beach has been derived from original artwork created by Hannah Bayliss, a second year Fashion/Textiles student at Falmouth University. Chosen to represent the Bathroom, this fabric – a textured paint splashed tartan – was inspired by a brief related to St Ives and artists from the world-famous Porthmeor Studios.
Inspired by an original Morris print called Rose and Thistle, Emerald and Rose – represented in the Dining Room – was created in 1881 and printed by Liberty at Stead McAlpin in 1969. A mix of the Orient and Arts and Crafts, the updated design offers a paisley sub pattern that beautifully distorts the original roses and thistles.
In the Drawing Room is May Anniversary. The design was hand drawn in pencil from original documents before being hand painted in gouache into a full width repeat. This dense tapestry of furnishing archive prints were woven together to create a floral peacock garden with swimming swans and gliding birds.
An original watercolour design hand painted in-house, the Fruit Billett prints, represented here in the Kitchen, were inspired by the layout of a successful fruit design created in 1995 from the Liberty archive and botanical fruit paintings.
The Garden Room charmingly displays Shepherdly Flowers. Hand drawn in pencil and then painted in gouache, these prints were created in bunches from flowers purchased from the Liberty Flower shop. Stylised into a floral paisley, they represent two of the most famous styles of Liberty print, oriental and floral.
And in the Bike Shed has Philippa’s Bike. Originally created for the Liberty Autumn/Winter Fashion Fabrics launch, Philippa’s Bike was inspired by the H.G Wells quote in which he said every time he saw someone riding a bike it gave him hope for the world. This design of tangled cycles was hand drawn in repeat by the wonderful Grayson Perry.
To find out more about these exquisite fabrics and how you can create a life-sized version of this miniature world in your own home, simply pop into one of our Sofa Workshop shops.