Luxury couture cushion
Handcrafted in Ireland
by designer-maker Katie Larmour
Large oversized contemporary patchwork
Inspired by historical photographs of the ‘bleaching greens’ in Northern Ireland where fabric was laid out on the fields under the sun in dramatic stripes formations.
Part of a collection that won Katie Larmour Design a place with the ‘British European Design Group’ in 2015 and was exhibited in New York Design Week in 2016 at ICFF.
100% pure, traditional Irish Linen sourced from one of the last remaining mills still active in Ireland.
Colours in our signature combination of natural oatmeal-toned undyed linen - the shade of the flax plant itself - and classic pristine white.
Natural thread, discreet concealed dress zip, filled with a plush duck feather and down insert.
Artisan cut pattern, machine stitched and hand finished.
22 x 22 inches (approx 53 x 53 cm)
hand wash cool, line dry, iron flat, can be dry cleaned, not suitable for tumble drying
Our colour palate is very simple, its neutral tones connecting to the earth, conveying a serene and timeless purity. It creates a vision of light, airy, fresh, calm and peaceful surroundings, perfect for a beach house in the Hamptons. The rawness of the Irish linen texture captures the essence of nature and our rich heritage. Our cushions look their best large and oversized, and just that tiny little bit wrinkly.
Each piece has been carefully constructed with precision and attention to detail using natural fibres, that is natural cloth, natural thread, natural lining and high quality duck feather and down fillers. We embrace traditional handmade artisan skills so each cushion has a precious individual beauty. Our patchwork technique is from a tradition of earlier times in Ireland, but here we are giving it a luxuriously contemporary and minimalist twist. A characteristic of our work is the absence of diagonal seams in the corners, with each individual right angled section being skilfully crafted from a single piece of cloth.
This piece is part of a group of our cushion designs inspired by the ‘bleaching greens’, a feature of the old production process of Irish Linen in the C19, where row upon row of long lengths of fabric were laid out on fields to be whitened by the sunlight. Historical photographs recording high-level views of such practice depict very striking patterns covering the landscape. Translated into minimalist motifs of abstracted line and block form it makes for a dramatic interior showpiece. We are also influenced by the shapes and forms of the pioneering modern abstract art movements De Stijl and Suprematism in which a poetic geometric purity is evident.
What Makes Irish Linen So Special
Known as ‘the aristocrat of textiles’ and referred to as ‘white gold’ it really is a superb and unique fabric. Katie Larmour Design studio is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the home of the Irish Linen industry. Ireland was the world leader at the height of linen production a century ago, and what once was a cottage industry and then turned large scale, has now come full circle. Irish linen is again produced in small quantities today to a luxury niche market. We are passionate about keeping this wonderful textile alive. To add to its desirability in this modern world of today Irish Linen has plenty of appealing eco-friendly properties: it is cultivated using little water, without fertilisers or pesticides; it is sustainable and the whole of the natural plant is used making it a waste-free crop. Basically grown as a weed it is transformed into the most luxurious of fabrics today. The oatmeal colour is unique in that it is a mixture of the unbleached raw colour of the natural flax plant on the weft intertwined with white on the warp, resulting in a beautiful mottled effect. All our Irish Linen is certified by the Irish Linen Guild.
Lead time estimated one week.
This design will always be available in oatmeal and white.
International customers may inquire for a cushion cover only, without fillers, if preferred.
(Some images are courtesy of Craft NI. Photography: Simon Mills, 2017.)