We were delighted when Kingston Lafferty Design choose a selection of our vintage designer-scarf cushions to accessorise a special shoot they were producing in collaboration with Fleetwood paint in Dublin. Award winning Kingston Lafferty Design is at the forefront of interior design in Ireland and known for their high-end opulent style. The project was celebrating Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018, Ultra Violet. Roisin Lafferty, Creative Director of Kingston Lafferty Design, and her team used a palette of Deep Tea, Marsala, Stormy Weather, Mahogany Rose and India Ink, to compliment the bold, dramatic and regal hue. While the impact of colour was the underlying focus of this shoot, characterful furniture and accessories from Irish designers, suppliers and artists were curated into the theme to showcase the immense talent and creativity happening across Irish design.


A little bit about our cushion…

This is one of our oldest silk scarves, in fact it could be categorised as antique rather than vintage. It is a very special and rare example from Liberty of London. Founded by Arthur Liberty, the world famous British department store Liberty of London began trading in 1875 in a small shop called East India House and by the 1920s it was a leading establishment. Liberty was not a designer himself but a businessman who had a gift for recognising talent and new trends. By the 1950s the store had a seasonal brochure dedicated solely to it’s scarves and still today the ground floor of it’s magnificent mock-Tudor London flagship store is devoted to scarves. This circa 1950s precious silk was hand-picked in Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Racecourse on the journey to a trip in the Cotswolds. It has been repurposed into a one-of-a-kind artisan-made luxury cushion. On a soft pale blue ground, a picturesque design illustrating an exquisite outdoor scene of pretty birds sitting on branches in amongst wild flowering shrubbery and daintily stylised leaves, no doubt chirping away to one another, and features the old style ‘Liberty of London’ logo on the bottom right corner. This elegant pattern gloriously captures the essence of the Liberty store that originally sold exotic decorative arts and textiles from afar. Sumptuous to the touch, it exudes opulence and luxury with it’s soft, subtle sheen. Backed with new 100% pure Irish linen, the aristocrat of textiles and certified by the Irish Linen Guild, from one of the last remaining linen mills still active in Ireland today. Our hallmark signature is our use of the traditional oatmeal-toned linen which is the undyed natural colour of the flax pale itself. Handcrafted in our studio in Belfast. This unique find would make a very chic bijou home accessory. (the cushion is not available) 


The project was featured in both the Irish Times and the Irish Independent. 




Katie Larmour