Q+A MEET TEXTILE DESIGNER SARAH FORTESCUE AND HER INTERIOR BRAND
Meet Sarah Fortescue a designer with a passion for Interiors, printed Textiles, Wallpapers and an inspirational eye for colour!
Inspired by her childhood growing up in both Africa and Cornwall, offered Sarah two worlds, with incredibly different cultures…Sarahs work captures the rich creative heritage, and the essence of both continents, and that shines through in her design work today.
We caught up with Sarah and asked her to share her inspiring story….
Tell us how you decided on a career in Design?
My late father would ask my mother, sister and I to choose paint colours….for a beautiful House, called Boconnoc, in Cornwall that he had been lovingly restoring for 12 years (www.boconnoc.com). I was meant to be moving to Hong Kong at the time but thought the house needed finishing so I set about organising each bedroom and bathroom on mood boards and working with the team of Cornish craftsman to complete the interior.
South Africa and Cornwall, quite a contrast!..How does your heritage define your style?
Africa had a great influence on me. Its vast open spaces, the magic of being in the bush, the warmth, the wildlife and the colours, the array of exotic birds and the animals had a huge impact on my interior and fabric designing.
As the founder of Sarah Fortescue, when and how did you start your brand?
My career as a designer started when I completed Boconnoc House in Cornwall (www.boconnoc.com) - it is a beautiful house, that was restored by my father - a beautiful Grade II house which was done to commercial standards as it is let for private hire and weddings. After which I moved to Hong Kong where I started my business and started working with an architect out there.
We had fabulous projects and my first one was a Polynesian Cocktail Bar called Honi Honi which is still open in Central Hong Kong.
What’s next for your Brand?
Our latest ‘Next Thing’ launched in September which is a fabric and wallpaper collection and I have just returned from a fabulous trip to the States where the designs were wonderfully received.
The inspiration for them came from nature, Africa and the tropical palm with a strong use of colour, in order to enhance the powers of nature and how colour can enhance our state of mind if used harmoniously within an interior. This is a very exciting step - we have a lot of work to do!
Do you utilise Digital Print in your work?
All our fabrics are digitally printed which is fabulous as we can create bespoke schemes for our clients to give them a unique colourway for their own design scheme. Our wallpapers are just beautiful. We print on wide width wallpaper
Which products do you print digitally, in the UK or Europe?
All our Fabrics and wallpapers are printed in the UK
Where do you manufacture your products?
All our furniture is handmade in Cornwall, which is very important to me. We use craftsman dotted around the UK and I love that best about my work as you work closely with each other.
What’s your favourite interior project so far?
My family home has the most meaning for me and it is an ongoing project. I am about to start work on a magical house there, which will house some of my designs. Its history, landscape and meaning to me makes for a spectacular connection and exciting design project.
My next project there will be completely radical..so watch this space
How do you address sustainability?
With the huge impact that Blue Planet II had on the globe, I designed our Blue Ocean collection which comprises of Fortescue Bay in 4 colourways and Tropical Corals in Sapphire & Onyx. Donating £1 from each sale which goes towards clearing our oceans plastic.
It is a starting point and one we will continue to look at…
Where can our readers buy your products?
We are an online portal at present and can buy direct from my online shop www.sarahfortescue.com
Vinterior and Eporta
Clients can also visit me at my studio in Chelsea by appointment only.
We stock our fabrics in America at Studiofour Showroom