FuturLiberty: The Interiors Collection
FuturLiberty is an exploration of the unexpected in the Liberty archive, resulting in a reinvention of Liberty Fabrics – inspired by, and celebrating the artistic movements of Futurism, Vorticism and a century of avant-garde.
Liberty Fabrics invited the renowned couturier and interior designer, Federico Forquet, to curate a collection of Interior fabrics. Neapolitan born Forquet’s career began when he moved to Paris after being scouted by the legendary fashion designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga. He learned the craft of couture under this disruptive visionary before turning his attention to the world of interiors.
The FuturLiberty collection began with Forquet issuing a challenge to the Liberty Designers to experiment and develop Liberty’s archetypal Arts and Crafts designs. As with all Liberty Fabrics collections, the designers began by researching their theme. Starting with an exploration into the archive which houses over 50,000 designs spanning from the 1880s to the present day. The designers were drawn to the experimental work of famed Liberty designer, Bernard Nevill. FuturLiberty takes cues from Nevill’s love for 20th century avant-garde art, incorporating the visual language of the Italian Futurists and their English contemporaries, the Vorticists.
The reinterpreted archive designs appear with a refreshed intensity and loud optimism, with newly created designs featuring dense brush strokes, delicate lines, and playful collage.
In collaboration with expert textile mills in Italy, Belgium, and India, the subtle textures and details from the artwork have been carefully translated into a beautiful array of woven, embroidered, and printed fabrics. From surprising geometrics, lively abstractions, and rhythmic lines, this innovative Interiors collection combines the designer’s artistic sensibilities with expert craftmanship.
Meticulously hand-painted in the Liberty Design Studio, in the heart of London, and expertly crafted in Italy, Belgium, and India.
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Originally designed by Bernard Nevill for the 1965 Liberty Jazz collection, Trepak Embroidery has been reimagined into a playful three-dimensional, decorative embroidery offered in Summer and Piccadilly colourways. Ideal for drapery and decorative accessories, such as cushions.
Reminiscent of the beautiful geometric fields surrounding Forquet’s Tuscan home, Future Embroidery features a collage of Jacquard woven and embroidered shapes, created using a hand-guided machine. This decorative textile is available in Ponza and Allegria, and is suitable for drapery and decorative accessories, such as cushions.
Explosion is a playful embroidered design, featuring layered yarn which simulates a painterly ombre effect, mimicking the movement of an artist’s brush on canvas. Available in two colourways, Festa and Carnevale, Explosion is ideal for drapery and decorative accessories, such as cushions.
Painted Elements is Liberty’s witty interpretation of the traditional pinstripe. Hand-painted lines are printed on a textured linen and cotton base cloth to create a charming drapery and upholstery fabric. Offered in six distinct colourways: Sahara, Cetona, Innocent, Piccadilly, Tobac, and Vesuvio.
In response to a Bernard Nevill design from 1964, Paramount Linen includes a variety of hand-drawn shapes, spontaneously pieced together to create a dynamic landscape. Printed in warm grey and cream tones on a chunky linen base cloth, Paramount offers a calm painterly geometric. Suitable for both drapery and upholstery.
Zig Zag Linen
Reworked from an archive design that is thought to date from the early 20th century, Zig Zag Linen is evokes the high-energy liveliness of jazz dance. This printed tonal design is offered in three bright colourways: Sahara, Aviator and Vesuvio. Suitable for both drapery and upholstery.
Originally from the FuturLiberty Fashion collection, Evanescent has been reimagined for Interiors. Inspired by the movement and colour of Futurist paintings, this printed linen features gradients of bold colour divided into geometric shapes. Available in two scales, these designs are available in the same multicolour. Suitable for drapery and upholstery.
Zig Zag Velvet
Reworked from an archive design that is thought to date from the early 20th century, Zig Zag Velvet evokes the high-energy liveliness of jazz dance. This Jacquard velvet cleverly combines cut and uncut velvet to create additional tones and textures. Offered in three striking colourways: Cetona, Innocent, and Piccadilly. Suitable for both upholstery and decorative accessories, such as cushions.
Originally a scarf design from the Liberty archive, Tudor Columns reflects the iconic Tudor building that houses Liberty’s flagship store and Design Studio where the FuturLiberty collection was first imagined. This high-density Jacquard velvet, juxtaposed with a raffia ground, is perfect for upholstery and decorative accessories, such as cushions. Available in two colourways: Vesuvio and Cetona.
Motion Stripes uses an innovative combination of techniques to reflect the motion and colour depicted in Futurist paintings. Uncut velvet is woven using a viscose yarn that has been hand space-dyed; a process by which several colours are applied along the length of the yarn to give a multi-coloured result. Available in three colourways: Nerano, Ravello, and Vietri, Motion Stripe is ideal for upholstery and decorative accessories, such as cushions and blinds.
Fragments from our Paramount print have been patchworked together to create Vertigo Weave – a high energy, dynamic sister design available in three contrasting colourways: Vesuvio, Piccadilly, and Sahara. This versatile fabric is suitable for both drapery and upholstery.
Shadow Line features a series of tonal tranquil bands. The colour gradations in the woven fabric create a series of textured bands, offering a versatile and timeless geometric design. Available in four colourways: June , July, August and September, Shadow Line is ideal for both drapery and upholstery.
Reworked from an archive artwork, featuring a central torn-paper effect, the Liberty Design Studio has reimagined the original into an all-over pattern repeat. Translated into a tonal upholstery Jacquard weave, Terrazzo Weave combines a linen warp with viscose chenille yarns. Available in Riva and Vesuvio, Terrazzo Weave is perfect for upholstery and decorative accessories, such as cushions and blinds.
Shadow Stripe Weave
Shadow Stripe Weave is a bold graphic design that has been developed from a small section of a Futurist-inspired artwork created by the Liberty Design Studio. Evocative of a mechanical vortex, the Shadow Stripe Weave’s two-tone design is available on a natural linen Jacquard, ideal for upholstery and decorative accessories. Available in four colourways: Vesuvio, Piccadilly, Cetona, and Sahara.
Originally designed by Bernard Nevill for the 1965 Liberty Jazz collection, Trepak Weave has been reimagined into a playful three-dimensional design offered in three distinct colourways: Vesuvio, September, and Si!!. This interiors fabric is ideal for drapery, upholstery, and decorative accessories, such as cushions and blinds.
Canvas’ woven Jacquard texture combined with a subtle space-dyed warp, creates a beautifully mottled, textured cotton viscose blend, full of depth and movement. Offered in six diverse colourways: Vesuvio, Sahara, Aviator, Almond, Bark, Walnut and Artenisia, Canvas is suitable for both drapery and upholstery.