Having launched its first collection in 2011, Marwood is still a young brand, but its range of handcrafted ties, socks and other accessories has already garnered a handsome following, both for its engaging designs and considered production. Celebrating traditional techniques and taking inspiration from our rich sartorial heritage, Marwood’s creations are cut from such fabrics as woven silk, English Leavers lace and mohair, which is specially knitted in England.
It is perhaps that focus on unusual fabrics, weaves and patterns that made Marwood the perfect candidate to contribute to a project – conceived and curated by Port Magazine – that saw four designers upholster Gio Ponti’s D.270.1 armchair in their own aesthetic. Each offering a unique take on the brief, the four designers were from the interior, stationery, textile and fashion design industries respectively, and the different disciplines made for a veritable spectrum of creativity.
Staying true to form, Marwood’s submission took inspiration from one of the company’s bestselling ties: the Harlequin. Taking a section of the pattern and splitting it into two new jacquards, a pair of chairs were created, one horizontally inclined, the other vertically. This contrast allowed them to work as a duo or as standalone pieces. ‘The extent of options offered in creating a weave is vast, so we chose a clean, compact cloth that would be hard-wearing but would show the sharpness of the design,’ said a spokesperson for Marwood.
Looking forward, Marwood’s accessories collections will continue, but the London Design Festival project has served as illustration that the company’s unique designs shouldn’t be confined to fashion alone, and plans are afoot to expand into fabric and interior materials. For now, at least, the best way to sport one of Marwood’s designs is around one’s neck.