Contract: Designers Guild UK – working in colour 1986- 1998
Tricia Guild CEO of DG UK casting her eye over the selection of salads in the HO staff canteen. My tables and benches were commissioned to add a sense of passion to the room and dull Wormwood urban backdrop.
The original rustic finishes of DG
10 years of Driftwood colours
I loved making this collection which ran for 9 years.
Original inspiration came from beach and barn house styles.
Cracking and distressing the paint became an obsession.
Yet the materials I discovered that worked best were traditional gum Arabic and plaster based paints. These were strapped down with fine damar varnish with a hint of colour to enhance the final bees waxed patina.
The result a powerful fore-runner of shabby chic!
Swashes and swirls of my Santa Fe group.