discover our V&A collection
Discover the fascinating design stories behind our fabrics and the incredible craftsmanship behind every piece.
Sofa Workshop and the V&A have collaborated to bring you an inspired collection of print stories and furniture styles, drawn from the rich archive of the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. From opulent velvets for those who love luxurious textures to decorative patterns and bolder styles, there’s a design for everyone to elevate any room.
Watercolour design, Douglas Bennett Cockerell (1870–1945), England, 1928.
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The original purpose of the V&A was to promote excellence in design and manufacturing, so we are delighted to be collaborating with Sofa Workshop who have a real focus on craftsmanship and supporting British industry.
A great deal of consideration and skill has been applied to every piece, from the selection of the archive inspiration for the shapes and the fabrics, to the incredible expertise of the upholsterers in the workshop. The results are really very special.
Lauren Sizeland - Head of Licensing, V&A
Watercolour design, Douglas Bennett Cockerell (1870–1945), England, 1928. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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At the heart of this exclusive, archive-inspired collection is a passion and commitment to British design and craftsmanship.
From initial archive research through to finished furniture design, our collaboration with the V&A celebrates a wealth of homegrown talent and expertise. Each fabric, printed in Cheshire, has been lovingly recreated from the original subject and the furniture shapes engineered from the ground up in our Long Eaton workshop by true artisans.
Our beautiful Bursa linen print featuring tulips, pomegranates and rose buds is based on a 16th century silk textile in the V&A collection.
These Turkish silks were considered among the most prized luxury objects and were traditionally woven in the textile workshops of Bursa, Turkey.
Our Coromandel design is adapted from a hand-painted cotton chintz, which dates from the first half of the 18th century, now held in the V&A’s textile collection.
This design is of Indian origin and possibly started life as a palampore, from the Hindi term for a bed cover or an elaborate tent lining, which would have been exported for the European market.
Inspired by one of the V&A’s finest examples of English 18th century Court dress, with a delicate and naturalistic design of trailing flowers.
Cathay Bloom is the perfect evocation of the beautiful Chinoiserie style that drew on the exotic imagery of the East and was reproduced as highly fashionable wallpaper and textiles for the European market.
This vibrant pattern featuring exotic birds and bold flowering branches is sourced from the V&A's vast archive of textiles.
Chinoiserie designs such as this archival print were popular among British consumers during the early 1900s as wall-coverings and soft furnishings.
This elegant design is based on an original drawing for a printed textile by Douglas Bennett Cockerell (1870–1945) from the 1920s, commissioned by British manufacturer Morton Sundour Fabrics Ltd.
One of the most distinguished of English bookbinders, Cockerell was responsible for binding and conserving some of the world's most precious tomes.
Evoke the dynamism and modernity of the 20th century with ‘Kaleidoscope’. The original Art Deco design was created during the peak of the 'Roaring Twenties' by brothers Adam and Maurice-Pillard Verneuil.
The pattern featured in their 1925 portfolio Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits, a volume of which is kept in the National Art Library at the V&A.