As one of Architectural Digest’s chosen top one hundred interior designers, whose projects include the Obama White House, Michael S Smith is renowned for his curators knowledge of and appreciation for the past. It is no surprise therefore that he continues to add more designs to his Jasper and Templeton fabric ranges, which personify English classicism with American modernism:
Introducing the new hand crafted prints to the Michael Smith fabric ranges.
17 December 2017
For the past seven years we have been the proud and sole representatives in the UK and Europe of the Jasper and Templeton fabric ranges. These exquisite fabrics entirely reflect Michael’s approach to design and fit seamlessly into Jamb’s English country house aesthetic. With uncompromising craftsmanship, made by the world’s finest artisans and inspired from historical references, nothing is spared to ensure that these new fabric additions reflect the highest quality available.
Gainsborough Paisley, available in five colourways; Original, Ocean, River, Indigo are shown above with the notebook we designed especially in collaboration with November’s House & Garden.
The six printed fabrics from both ranges introduced here are printed on the finest linens from Scotland and produced in Switzerland and the USA. What is notable about these new designs are that they are printed on brighter grounds which works wonderfully in fresher, more sunlit countries. Like so many of the earlier and much loved fabrics these new designs are inspired from many different sources, often directly from Michael’s own collection of antique textiles, and his extensive travels around the world. Gainsborough Paisley (above), is both a fresh and modern interpretation of an antique Indian textile; named after the great 18th Century British landscape artist, Thomas Gainsborough, this linen fabric embodies the poetic sensibility and rich colour palette of its namesake.
Both Sintra Floral (above) and Bangalore Floral are inspired from the sacred tree of life. Sintra Floral is based on an antique textile in Michael’s collection, but redesigned for the collection in more vibrant colours and increased scale. The rich hues, reminiscent of pigments from English Georgian interiors, combined with the large repeats of twisting vines and flowers, will inject a warmth to both modern and traditional rooms.
Inspired from an early 20th Century textile document, this screen printed fabric has the look of a wood-block print. The sophistication of the colour palette, partnered with the reminder of a long established and ancient technique, would imbue an essence of rich heritage into any home.
Michael’s fabrics fit perfectly alongside Jamb’s collection of lighting, furniture, and chimneypieces, reflecting the Georgian principles of craftsmanship of the highest quality. Indeed, many of the fabrics are drawn from 18th Century originals, including Rowan Stripe pictured above. Inspired from a Greek bed curtain panel, the fabric has proven to be one of Michael’s favourite new designs, and has a wonderful breadth of use. Double rows of rich and earthy embroidered leaves on vines, cleverly evoke the naturalism of the Arts and Crafts period as well as a sense of Greek Classicism. Michael used it recently in one of his projects to upholster a chair with the leaf motif running centrally through, and would work beautifully as well for curtain borders.
The richness of the new printed designs of the Templeton range above include Douro and Ladera, in three colourways.
It was wonderful hearing Michael talk so passionately about his involvement in Sunnylands, alongside Janice Lyle (author of ‘Sunnylands: America’s Midcentury Masterpiece’) at the V&A last week. It was a great insight into how Michael approaches designing for public figures, and the challenges of how to express personal tastes and values in both private homes and public spaces. With his ethos, that one should live with beautiful things, his fabric range is a wonderful place to begin.