Essence

Last year I was asked if I would like to design a small capsule collection of upholstered furniture for Whittington & Co – I of course was thrilled, as I have worked with the fabulous people at W&Co for 7 years, they are my go to firm when I require upholstered furniture for my clients. I love the fact that the furniture is made right here in Ontario and that myself and my clients can see the pieces as they are being constructed. Sometimes buying a chair can be a little like purchasing a bespoke suit, it can sometimes require a mid-way check with the client to ensure the pitch is exactly as they want. Nothing worse than having something that looks gorgeous but isn’t at all comfortable.

The staff at W&Co are a really talented crew, I adore collaborating with Dan who has somehow taken my garbled and very sketchy drawings – I had an ottoman that looked like a haggis on paper – and turned them into beautiful elegant pieces. The collection is designed to give you upholstered pieces for every room in your home with out making you feel like you have purchased a matching set – every piece is an individual piece in its own right and that is why it works. When combined they look made for each other without being made for each other.

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The collection is called Essence and it launches this week its it own satellite showroom at SOFA. I have designed 12 pieces that I know I am constantly on the hunt for in my design schemes.

Here’s a few of my favourites -photos to come at the end of the week!

We have the HARPER daybed – its gorgeous and comes in 4 lengths (twin to king) and would look not only fabulous at the foot of your bed but also in an entrance way or in a living or dining room. Its edged with grosgrain and we’ve added tiny nailheads studs just to the corners of the frame. Its sketched on the postcard. It really is lovely – can’t wait to see it upholstered.

The GEORGIA armchair is named after my god-daughter and the inspiration came after an afternoon spent with my gorgeous friend Sonia, aka Georgia’s mum at Archerfield Spa in Scotland. Its a curvy wing chair with tight upholstery and an over-sized feather toss pillow back cushion. Perfect proportions. Here’s what it looks like prior to upholstery.

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The KATE sectional is for every woman / designer who knows that a sectional is required in the space but doesn’t want something that’s going to suck up all the floor space. The KATE has slim, stiletto legs that come in a variety of metallic finishes, its a huge piece but it looks weightless. We’ve layered it with back pillows and bolsters to enable you to easily have 3 fabrics on the frame.

Then there is GRACE, she’s the perfect compact chair for a bedroom or really anywhere you want a small comfortable seat. The legs were all down to Dan on this one! Mine were rather plain so he upped the style quota a little and added a gorgeous detail. Its wonderful when you can work with someone that you can totally trust- its when the magic in the design process happens, its the same on job sites.

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The ANNABEL armchair is named after my niece (the one who gives the best hugs) its a lovely chair with a modern take on the William Birch Arm, its skirted and we’re upholstering it in a lovely herringbone linen with a gorgeous linen and metallic toss pillow.

We have ottomans and sofas…………..the CHARLOTTE sofa has beautiful channels on the inside back of the frame. There is grosgrain and nail-heads, brass and silver, stain and paint.

Roll on Friday’s photo-shoot!!

Gillian

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