Unique printed textiles
It was a background in fashion textile design and a stint overseas in Singapore that led British designer Jane Bonsor to create her own textiles brand, Korla Home. Now a popular source for unique geometric-print fabrics, window coverings and accessories, the company aims to bring contemporary design to the customer at an affordable price, and has plans to expand their collection into other accessories, wallpaper and rugs.
Name/Title: Korla Home
Launch date: December 2011
Inspiration for opening: I had worked in fashion for a number of years, and while my children were very small I continued to do freelance fabric print design for a number of fashion companies. We were living in Singapore in a rental property and I found it very hard to find any contemporary, quality, natural interior fabric that didn't cost the earth. I started to print little runs of my designs on linens and canvases, suitable for soft furnishings.
I enjoyed bringing my designs into my home, and soon I started selling metres of fabric to friends, friends of friends... strangers! When our spare room was no longer inhabitable but filled with rolls of lovely printed linens, my husband suggested I might do this 'properly'.
Merchandise source: We design all of our fabrics in house, so they are all unique to Korla. We source beautiful linens and cottons and then hand screen print on them using traditional techniques, so the color really saturates the cloth.
Best selling item: Our house "Korla" print in blue black flies off the shelves, and our Alhambra Stars in Steel is a stunning print in an neutral colour and therefore very popular.
Your favorite item: I'm loving the deep indigo Grand Kyoto Koi for a dramatic but warm bold print. I have this on blinds in my study and it is strong but calm at the same time. I'm on the lookout for some deep deep indigo gloss bookshelves to match.
Favorite store (other than your own): As a working mother of three, time is precious, and so I'm an avid online shopper. My favourite webstores (apart from Korla Home) are:
TalismanLondon.com and 1stdibs.com for interiors browsing and wishing. One day I'll buy something, in the meantime I just lust after everything!
Galapagosdesigns.com for great re-imagined mid-century furniture, lumitrix.com for fabulous limited edition prints (my go-to gift for all!) and Cochine.com for everything to make you and your house smell divine.
You can see Korla Home's designs in action in Jane's London home in her house call and upcoming house tour (we'll link this soon!) on Apartment Therapy.
(Image credits: Korla Home)