ELEANOR HUMPHREY - The Emporium Collection by Liberty Fabricsby Test Account
Image: The Emporium Collection, Merchant Brights © Liberty Fabrics
Liberty Fabrics is delighted to unveil its latest quilting collection, The Emporium Collection. This collection is inspired by the historic architecture and interiors of Liberty’s iconic flagship store in the heart of London.
Built at the height of the 1920s fashion for Tudor Revival, the Liberty flagship store is arranged around three light wells, each surrounded by smaller rooms and nooks that create a homey, rustic feel. Founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty harboured dreams of offering luxury goods and fabrics from faraway places, almost as if a shop had docked in Great Marlborough Street. To that end, the architectural style borrows elements from the great cargo fluyts that sailed to the New World, including 24,000 cubic feet of ship timber from old battleships, formerly deck flooring, that become the Liberty shop floors. The interior, despite it’s six floors, feels almost like a homely cabin, with the rich and beautifully crafted wares adorning each room, encouraging patrons to be enticed by the concept of what their own home could look like.
Image: The Emporium Collection, Merchant Brights Quilt © Liberty Fabrics
The Emporium Collection launches just in time for the new year and features an eclectic mix of floral, paisley, and geometric designs that draw inspiration from the ornately carved wooden details, hand-crafted tilework and the landmark timbered exterior – as well as the beautiful blooms of the flower stall out in the front. The designs are traditionally screen printed onto lasenby cotton – a base developed specifically for quilting.
Image: The Emporium Collection, Tudor © Liberty Fabrics
The collection is available in three distinct colour stories, perfect for the modern interior. Each colour story reflects a different facet of the magnificent store. Regal blue and mustard give a nod to the tiled interiors, while an exuberant multicolour story is inspired by the oriental rug room. Finally, a monochromatic colour story is balanced with soft pink highlights, paying homage to Liberty’s timbered exterior.