Mr ‘Shabby Chic’… – Nick Garrett, the man behind the look: My DESIGNERS GUILD + Country Painted Commissions
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 Wormood urban backdrop.
Designers Guild – 10 years of paradise Driftwood colours!
I loved making this collection which ran for 9 years.
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.