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 Wormwood urban backdrop.

The original rustic finishes of DG

10 years of Driftwood colours

Contemporary feel with heavy rustic crazed finishes for Designers Guild book ‘In Town’.

I loved making this collection which ran for 9 years.

 

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INSPIRATION

Original inspiration came from beach and barn house styles.

 

 

 Nick Garrett contemporary painted furniture Designers Guild 

CREATING DRIFTWOODS

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.

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