What led to the launch of Warwick Fabrics?
"Warwick Fabrics is a second generation family business which commenced trading in 1966. The business founded by Tom Warwick, initially traded as the Victorian sales agency for commercial vinyls produced in NSW. The business’ product line slowly evolved into offering furniture hardware components and then velvets in the mid 70’s. The heritage of the company is very much upholstery based."
What are your favourite collections at the moment?
"There are two collections which stand out – firstly our Richmond collection, which was inspired by the renowned interior designer/hotelier Kit Kemp. It was also our first entrée into woollen jacquards, offering a collection which is vibrant, modern and sophisticated. The other range I really appreciate at the moment is the Ecuador collection. Ecuador presents Aztec inspired designs, stripes and motifs in vivacious colour palettes, and woven in natural fibre blends. It is a fresh, modern, coastal collection which is ideal for modern Australian interiors."
What is one of the biggest challenges Warwick Fabrics has overcome?
"The most important consideration for all soft furnishing fabrics is performance. Every range offered by Warwick is stringently tested, and is guaranteed to surpass all Australian performance standards. In our market sector we are seeing interior fashion evolving at an ever increasing rate. The utilisation of new constructions, technologies and yarn compositions creates a constant challenge to maintain our quality standards."
What trends have you noticed in fabric design that you are excited about?
"There is no doubt print is back – and in a big way. The advent of digital printing has given designers the flexibility to produce print ranges without the restriction of traditional wet printing set up costs and the associated large print run minimums. Consequently, we are seeing bold, modern print designs being widely presented. This has forced a change in perception and acceptance."
How would you characterize Australian style and what makes it so enduring?
"Diverse, eclectic, modern, coastal, clean and practical. Colour and pattern are playing a far more important role."
Our Eric Sofa in Warwick's Richmond collection