Open Studio

Putting The Character Back Into Textiles

16 September 2017

9am - 6pm Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun; and 9am to 9pm on Mon
36 Bourne Street

HOWE at 36 Bourne Street

Christopher Howe’s original shop, 'HOWE at 36 Bourne Street' is a small and surprising place to discover just around the corner from our main furniture and lighting showroom on the Pimlico Road. It was first acquired by Christopher in 1986, the year he graduated from Goldsmith’s College, and originally served as both his workshop and living space. Nowadays it contains a range of thoughtfully selected traditional leathers, new and vintage textiles, trimmings and wallpapers. Here, our dedicated team work closely with the most skilled and ethical manufacturers in Great Britain and Ireland, and in partnership with tanneries around the world.

Eschewing trends and proudly anti-fashion, we instead accede to a timeless palette of natural colours, materials and textures, favouring classic patterns. We encourage the use of best quality and authentic materials that improve with time and use, building patina and character to create interiors with warm and welcoming atmospheres.

Championing both large and small-scale producers, we respect modern processes as well as time-honoured methods of making, mindful at every stage to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing.

HOWE Textiles are created in collaboration with UK commission weavers and finishers, supporting the few rare and precious generations-old businesses still in operation. We favour the use of natural fibres, enjoying the irregularity they bring to our cloth, and always limit the use of bleach and detergents in production. We strive for a range of useful fabrics with integrity and character, avoiding a mass-produced feel.

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