Marking a step towards a more contemporary aesthetic, the use of wool also means that Fleming & Howland’s bespoke pieces will now appeal to new audiences, mainly the contract market. “Wool is a perfect material for heavy use,” Paul Fleming, MD of the company says. “It is naturally fire retardant and stain resistant, contrary to popular belief.”
Wool has naturally strong fibres, being taken from an animals coat, and as a result is long-lasting. “If you think of well-made tailored cloths in wool,” suggests Fleming, “they get great wear over time, no sag, and keep their tight lines in the shape. Leather can get quite stretched over time. It has no bounce back into shape.”
Each bespoke piece takes approximately 18 man-hours to complete and the range, which includes the Victoria love seat, Barbican sofa and Havelock Ellis library chair, will also be available in leather and linen, with bespoke fabrics available upon request.
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