Inspired by both nature and art, Yoredale’s colour palette echoes the changing seasons, skyscapes, fields and forests which clothe the Yorkshire Dales.
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Created with a conscience, Quest is a continuation of our partnership with the SEAQUAL INITIATIVE to combat marine plastic pollution. Waste made wonderful, this lightly textured fabric is woven entirely from post-consumer recycled plastic - transforming it into a fabric as fluid as the waves by which it was inspired, and which it seeks to save. With a balanced hopsack weave enhanced by discat-dyed SEAQUAL® YARN and a lightly textured surface, Quest brings a touch of the ocean’s natural beauty to commercial interiors.
For every metre of fabric sold containing SEAQUAL® YARN, we make a give-back donation directly to the SEAQUAL INITIATIVE.
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Expertly woven from a blend of wool and hemp, Hemp is a fabric of natural beauty. With a soft handle and inherent flame retardancy, this sustainable textile has a classic plain weave that perfectly showcases its natural composition and multi-tonal colouration.
Hemp is certified to the EU Ecolabel and has an exceptional eco story.
Click here to view the 21 considered colourways.
Introducing 21 new colours to the palette of Sumi - an impeccably simple worsted wool fabric originally released in an exclusively neutral selection of 6 shades, designed to work in harmony with sister range Kyoto.
Building on the popularity of the range, the additional colours expand its versatility and appeal, creating a palette which encompasses darker tones, along with a variety of delicate pastels and brighter, more saturated, hues. Sumi colour schemes to bring timeless beauty to commercial and residential interiors.
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Durham brings an invitingly residential look to the hard working world of Crypton.
The clever mix of chenille yarn in the weft with a semi lustred warp is soft to the touch and displays a distressed vintage weave effect, whilst retaining all the renowned barrier qualities of Crypton.
Its antimicrobial and stain resistant technologies, coupled with Cryptons famous fully integrated permanent liquid barrier make Durham ideal for areas requiring high commercial maintenance schedules such as Healthcare, Hospitality and Education. Click here to view the colour story.
Chester brings an invitingly residential look to the hard working world of Crypton.
The clever mix of chenille yarn in the weft with a semi lustred warp is soft to the touch and displays appealing dappled colour effects, whilst retaining all the renowned barrier qualities of Crypton.
Its antimicrobial and stain resistant technologies, coupled with Cryptons famous fully integrated permanent liquid barrier make Chester ideal for areas requiring high commercial maintenance schedules such as Healthcare, Hospitality and Education. Click here to view the colour story
Warmly welcoming, Craggan Flax is a textile to make any interior feel like home. Deeply textured and thickly woven, it effortlessly blends comfort with style to bring irresistible tactility and visual detail to both task and soft seating. Crafted from a blend of wool and flax, this sustainable fabric retains the raw appeal of its natural composition, whilst possessing the contemporary aesthetic and stylised texture of a chunky weave.
Deceptively simple, the beauty of Craggan Flax is held in its delicate detail, with each colourway enhanced by a subtle highlight shade that sits quietly in the background of the chunky weave. This visual intrigue is further heightened by the inclusion of flax, which creates an exquisite two-tone effect once the fabric has been dyed.
With a colour palette that tells two stories, Craggan Flax is available in a range of neutral and bright tones. Click here to view the 15 considered colourways.
Precincts flat weave construction with mini stitch detail offers a highly versatile seating option for heavy duty commercial applications. The 78% recycled polyester content adds a strong Sustainability factor and the mill applied Easy Clean finish provides soil and water repellencey.
The palette of 5 trend colours and 5 neutrals with either a black or neutral warp convey an appealing sense of textural depth with a smart urban edge. Click here to view the colour story.
Kork blends natural beauty with a stylized aesthetic. With its raw composition softened by its sleek tactility, the organic pattern inherent to the bark of the cork tree is showcased through its delicate coloration, making it the ideal material to bring a hint of biophilia to any interior.
At a glance
• Crafted from sustainably and responsibly sourced cork
• Rapidly renewable
• Suitable for vertical application
• Available in 7 colorways - click here to view
Impeccably simple, Sumi and Kyoto capture the essence of timeless, minimalist design. They take their inspiration from Japan, with Sumi taking its name and influence from minimalistic Japanese ink painting in worsted mélange yarns, while Kyoto looks to traditional Japanese textiles, inspired by their resist dyeing techniques and artisan stitching in a subtle grid pattern.
Together they form a delicate pairing, understated and refined – perfect for the “less is more” world we’re emerging into. Centred on natural materials and a pared back colour palette of greys and browns, these lightly textured fabrics bring classic elegance to a wide range of commercial and residential interiors.
Woven entirely from recycled plastic taken from the sea and rescued from the land, Oceanic is a fabric born of the SEAQUAL Initiative to achieve a waste free environment. One small drop in the mission to clean both the earth and its ocean, this strikingly contemporary fabric is a polyester with a purpose.
With a refined colour selection of 16 shades, Oceanic brings muted, neutral hues together with soft pastels and bright bolds to provide a versatile palette that echoes the shades visible in the ocean and its shoreline, as well as introducing a number of vibrant, trend-led tones.
A beautifully textured, naturally sustainable British wool fabric – inspired, designed and manufactured in the place we call home.
Intricately detailed and highly textured, Yoredale is a complex fabric brought to life by our expert designers, makers and manufacturers. A celebration of the rugged, time weathered Yorkshire landscape which has captivated artists and designers throughout the ages, this scenery is now perfectly encapsulated in a fabric.
Inspired by nature, authentically recreated, skilfully crafted, Yoredale encompasses the very essence of Camira, and everything we are proud to be.
Explore the story behind its creation in the video below.
With a fibre felted finish and appealing mélange effect, the Sonus range is the perfect enhancement for a variety of vertical surfaces.
Designed to mimic the tactility of wool, its needle felting provides a soft touch synthetic alternative that’s lighter in weight, making it a versatile and acoustically transparent covering for screens and panels.
The Sonus palette of 17 colourways offers a tempting mix of sugary sweet mid pastels alongside soft comforting neutrals and bold colour pops.
It's complimentary Sonus Etch brings added depth and intrigue with a subtly embossed lattice design, and is available in two understated shades of grey that work across muted and vibrant interiors alike.
A look inside Jens Risom's textile mill
One of the most exciting discoveries in Camiras exploration of Jens Risom’s mid-century fabrics, are the images taken by Sven Risom inside his father’s Massachusetts textile mill provide a rare insight into this often-forgotten part of the Risom design legacy.
Camira spoke with Sven to find out why a furniture designer whose skills lay firmly in that most traditional of materials, wood, was drawn to the fluidity of textiles…
Tell us, why did Jens decide to set up his own textile mill?
He started making furniture and the company was doing very well, but he was becoming more and more frustrated by the lack of good textiles. He was getting them from a couple of different sources, but they weren’t well woven, they couldn’t get the colours right, they couldn’t get complex colours and, given his Danish and Scandinavian background, he knew what he wanted.
A textile company wasn’t doing very well at the time, and he decided, along with a few others, to purchase that company. It was never fully integrated within Jens Risom Design, and was managed by a gentleman named Win Stutter – but it meant that Jens was able to get the textiles he wanted and, as you know very well, however beautiful the piece of furniture or product is, the wrong textiles can change everything or, more importantly, the right textiles can make it perfect. And that was very exciting for him.
What are your memories of visiting the textile mill?
When I was about the age of 10, we would go and visit and, you know how it is, you are a little kid and it feels like the world’s your oyster and it was just fun to see people working at the plant and hear all these loud machines. But, you know, these plants were in areas that were not economically well off – these were jobs that people counted on and Jens wanted to support his employees, he did much more around education programmes than he did about anything else; helping staff to finish high school and their college courses.
Even now, there are reunions of 75-100 employees that come back 70 years later just to have lunch together and sort of reminisce on those times because it was a very exciting and fun and great time.
What did Jens enjoy about textiles?
I will never forget the days when Jens would come back with these boxes of swatches and we would play with them, using them in different things. And it was always about what does it feel like? How is it open? What’s the woven structure like? And colours – if you look at some of his furniture, and this is very typical, Jens would put a bright orange along with a nice piece of walnut or a bright blue against a maple - he found colour exciting; how it brings furniture alive, so you almost use the wood in the base and the furniture itself as the background.
In the same breath, he loved texture, and the complexity you can get with a deep weave is really, really interesting. He loved the fact you can get different hues, you can get different tonalities, different colour depths and temperatures. We can see this with Zap and Armadillo, none of the shades are a flat, straight colour. They’re all a bit more complex, a little bit more unique and that makes it interesting right? I mean we can all make blue and we can all make red but to make it where there’s depth and texture to it, both visually and tactically, that’s important.
How do you and the family feel about Jens’ textiles being recreated for the first time?
We are thrilled, really excited about this for many reasons. Jens’ had a passion for colours, for the balance between textures and the textiles and the wood or the materials, and he loved the fact that in architecture it was the total complete package, you know, the fabric, the furniture, the surfaces, the leather, the wood, whatever it may be, he liked that package. So, we as a family couldn’t be happier with Camira’s reimagining, the interpretations are fantastic, and we are very excited.
Camira worked with the Risom family and FORM Portfolios to produce a film telling the story of Jens Risom, the Danish American designer who pioneered the mid-century design movement.
Explore his history through rare archival material, an intimate interview with Jens' son Sven, set in the famous Risom-designed Block Island summer house, and an exploration of the partnership with Camira which has seen these long-forgotten textiles brought to life for a new era.
Introducing Rivet - our ‘fixating’ new fabric made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. Designed to connect seamlessly with the modern collaborative workplace, Rivet also forms a bridge between textile traditions and future innovation.
Rivet is a lightly textured hopsack construction with intriguing duotone colour detail, emulating the swathe and sheen of sophisticated suiting in a well-heeled synthetic.
The palette of 33 colourways offers muted tonal shades and bold darker colours that work together with other ranges.
Rivet is made from an entirely new yarnstring, using 100% REPREVE, a brand of recycled polyester fibre that is created from recycled materials, including used plastic bottles. Because it offsets the need to use new resources, such as petroleum, and emits fewer greenhouse gases, REPREVE helps provide a reprieve for the planet.
Introducing Weave In / Weave Out the latest in commercial upholstery fabrics from at work*. As the commercial division of Textilia, at work* have been busy developing a collaboration with one of New Zealands leading creative talents - Simon James
'Our shared vision was to develop a collection of high quality, environmentally friendly NZ wool fabrics, sensitively in keeping with the clean, simple and refined aesthetic that is Simon James'.
Aptly named Weave In/ Weave Out, the slightly unexpected palette plays with the best of quiet neutrals alongside more adventurous and sometimes vibrant solids. Comprising 15 colour ways that happily work together in clean classic or more quirky combos, the two designs cross effortlessly from commercial to domestic interiors. Weave In / Weave Out - a unique celebration of truly homegrown New Zealand textile and furniture design and manufacture.
Welcome to the world of Synergy.
Synergy is a natural evolution of our bestselling wool fabric Blazer. It’s softer and stronger, lighter and brighter. Its development has been a journey of discovery, taking time, creativity and mutual collaboration. The result? A beautiful fabric with hidden depth and intrigue.
Synergy’s heart and soul comes from premium New Zealand wool, used in the woollen spun weft in combination with a fine worsted warp. This gives a smoother finish, softer still from the gentle milling process, closer surface crop and light pressing. The refined finished cloth combines beautifully relaxed drape with sublime handle, yet achieves 100,000 Martindale abrasion cycles thanks to the inclusion of just 5% polyamide in the overall composition. And the colour palette is our largest offering in 75 intelligent shades.
Synergy supports the fabric of life by aligning with international water aid charity, Just a Drop, to help deliver accessible, clean and safe water where it’s needed most. Around the world there are an estimated 750 million people without safe water and a staggering 2.5 billion without adequate sanitation. So for every metre of Synergy Camira sells, they make a donation to Just a Drop, in support of a water project in Kenya. The first project is to build a water tank at Ikalaasa Primary School to provide clean water for 460 pupils. This donation is kindly matched by wools of New Zealand, with additional contributions from the wider supply chain.
The UK celebrated it’s fifth annual Wool Week from 5-12 October.The Campaign for Wool looks forward to this week every year as it consistently presents a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with designers, exhibitors, students, retailers and wool enthusiasts to showcase the fantastic fibre that is wool. Every year, new innovative products are created-promoting the versatility of wool via a collection of activities, galleries, workshops and displays. This year our MJ went along to take part and admire all things wool.
The Campaign kicked off with over 300 cyclists parading through the streets of London in their creative array of wool riding gear, to celebrate everyone’s favourite natural fibre.
An incredible 8,200 visitors explored the Wool Collection Interiors exhibit at the superb Southwark Cathedral, and this is where we come in. Fabrics, flooring, furnishings and lifestyle items from names such as Jonathan Adler, Roger Oates, Designers Guild, and our very own Camira Fabrics, showcased their wools in a funfilled environment.
And to mark the end of this inspirational Wool Week 2014, the Campaign for Wool hosted an intimate Tweed Tea Party, complete with tea and sones of course, and embellished with vintage tweed attire, all perfectly set in the Queen Elizabeth room at Southwark Cathedral.
Wools like our Blazer are being used in all sorts of ways - we loved spotting the new Pendleton footwear range from Nike online recently. Have a look for yourself here to view the full range, where you can also customise your own pair and join in the newest craze that is taking over the textile and fashion world.
Our supplier Camira UK have created a fantastic new video, taking you behind the scenes into the world of fabric at their UK headquarters, capturing real life examples of where their fabrics are used, showing real people, and illustrating the depth and breadth of their capabilities and resources. The resulting file defines Camira’s ‘Style with Substance’ ethos, outlining the history, capabilities, innovation, scale and commitment to staff and sustainability in a bright and open way. The film shows those working in the business, from designers to apprentices, speaking about what Camira means to them.
This film also shows Camira fabrics in use and speaks to those involved in their specification – showing the impressive sight of 13.000 fabric covered seats at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, to the inspirational BBC MediaCity UK premises in Salford, and the iconic wool moquette fabrics in the London Underground.
Take a look for yourself in the link below and enjoy a personal tour around the company we are so very proud to be collaborating with.
These high performance healthcare fabrics look good, feel soft and work hard. They are powered by a finish developed by Camira called TriOnyx. This makes them stain repellent and waterproof along with anti-microbial and flame retardant to AS1530 Part 3.
Being both anti-microbial and waterproof makes them the perfect choice for healthcare. They are all bleach cleanable-please refer to the technical and cleaning guide for more information.
Camira has spent years developing this healthcare range and so far it has been very successful.
The Halcyon collection includes 5 designs, available in 5 colourways each.
This week’s post covers topics close to our hearts… Sustainability – the moral fibre behind all we do at At Work with Camira, recycling trash into new attractive products, and looking into issues surrounding contemporary workspaces.
Sustainability. Corporate Social Responsibility. Triple Bottom Line. Call it what you like – it’s At Work with Camira’s moral fibre. We have now published our Sustainability Snapshot that explains why Sustainability means more to us than just producing sustainable products to the highest standards, it’s actually a strategy for growth. It’s about the people who make it happen, the progress we make on our journey and the legacy we leave behind. In our long-term Sustainability Strategy every measurable activity is a benchmark that counts.
In our Sustainability Snapshot 2014 our numbers demonstrate our achievements so far and the creative ways we’ve gone about delivering them.
First there was the natural beauty of Hemp, constructed from 60% pure new wool and 40% harvested hemp, and now we have created Hebden - another gem to compliment this amazing fabric.
Inspired by Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, and evoking love and revenge on the beautiful but bleak Yorkshire moorland, Hebden is a softly diffused and large scale dappled check design, making for a perfect ‘statement’ soft seating upholstery. And of course, it can be used in combination with it’s predecessor Hemp, as the colourways have been designed to co-ordinate perfectly with each other. Both have been created with unique performance, appearance and environmental properties in mind. Utilizing the rapidly growing bast fibre found within the hemp plant itself.
Here at At Work with Camira, wool fabrics are big in our life. We watch with interest to see that the fashion industry feels the same way about wool as we do. Internationally acclaimed designer Alexander Wang is the latest to benefit by becoming an ambassador for The Woolmark Company’s Merino Wool: No Finer Feeling initiative. To show his support he has been photographed by Annie Leibovitz in a woollen hoodie standing alongside a Merino Ram as part of the marketing campaign.
The Woolmark Company’s campaign aims to promote the benefits and versatility of the luxury fibre. Wang used the Merino wool in his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, following in the footsteps of Narciso Rodriguez in taking on the position of ambassador for the initiative. In the past Woolmark has worked with designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs and Giorgio Armani, and recently with judges Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg and Donatella Versace in the annual International Woolmark prize.
It is fantastic to see the use of wool in a variety of disciplines within the creative industry. At Work with Camira’s felted wool, Blazer, is a fabulous product ideal for soft seating in any interior fitout project. The recent additions to Blazer, Blazer Quilt in designs Hourglass and Channel are also having instant appeal, and add a fantastic textural aesthetic to any interior project!
On Nov 9th 2013 it was great to see Camira being active in the community with the staff and students from London Metropolitan University, keeping the wheels of learning turning. They constructed a float upholstered in our Velvetine fabric for the Lord Mayor’s show.
Can you believe that the lord Mayor’s show has been in action now for 798 years? It has seen out the black death and the blitz, arriving in the 21st century as one of the world’s most loved pageants. Originally created thanks to King John, every newly elected Mayor is required to leave the safety of the City of London, travel upriver to Westminster and swear their loyalty to the Crown. The modern procession is now over 3 ½ miles long, and is attended by over half a million people each year.
This year the float by the London Metropolitan University, featuring Camira’s Velvetine was commissioned by the Faculty of business and law and was designed and built by the creative Cass Faculty. On the float were student cheerleaders and music provided by a pedal-powered PA system-so it assured that the students on the bikes had to work furiously to keep the generators running!
A fun day was had by all!
Here at At Work with Camira we're passionate about the environment - and this art installation, recently shown in Hong Kong, caught our eye with it’s clever use of recycling.
Hong Kong-based studio Daydreamers designed the illuminated geodesic dome for the mid-autumn festival ‘Lantern Wonderland 2013’. Consisting of 4,800 19L polycarbonate water bottles, LED torches acted as light beacons inside to create a moving wall of light floating on the relflective pool of water it sat on. Designed with a 20m diameter opening at it’s crown allowed for moonlight to pass inside, lighting up both the internal space as well as the reflective pool around it.
Images and video courtesy of Daydreamers Design © Raymond Tam
You may have heard already about our amazing sustainable fabric made from hemp.Hemp is arguably our most sustainable fabric to date. Designed and manufactured following years of research and development, Hemp combines two of nature’s cleverest renewables to make a totally natural and biodegradeable fabric. Hemp is a blend of wool and harvested hemp combined intimately into 31 naturally inspired shades with a soft handle, inherent flame retardancy, an exceptional eco story and the backing of a five year guarantee.
Our hemp is grown as agricultural crops under licence from the UK Government on farms in England. This bast fibre plant – like nettles, flax and jute – contains naturally occurring textile fibre just inside the outer bark to give the stem both strength and flexibility. It’s one of the fastest growing biomasses known, reaching over 3 metres in just 120 days, without the need for agro-chemicals.
View the stop-motion animation footage by RCA graduate Dan Ojari that demonstrates the sustainability of hemp below.
Acclaimed product designer, David Fox has created an edgy debut fabric for his first venture into textiles. Inspiration for this angular design was taken from Nunataks - stunning mountain peaks whose jagged ridges are exposed from dramatic ice fields below. The repetitive echo of stepped inclines becomes more subtle in shade as they silhouette into the distance, enhanced by the combination of four refined weaves. This sharp, distinctive design in both muted and intense colourways contrasts strongly with the softer palette of plain shades that complement beautifully for flexibility of interior scheme planning.
Blazer, our classic wool felt upholstery fabric, has become not just a trend setter, but a trail blazer. It’s the fabric of the moment. And it’s just got even better – with an expanded new colour palette, a new finish, and a compelling narrative about lambs and dolphins which will pull your heart strings!
It’s amazing how quickly colour fashion can change. We’ve had to move with the times, so the emphasis is now on those subtle “in between” shades which were previously in the wings and now take centre stage. The primary brights have become more thoughtful and complex, making for a more mature and grown-up palette, rather than naive and direct.
The fabric is made from pure new wool, from lambs shorn for the very first time, when their wool coats are at their newest, softest and freshest. This translates into an even softer textile fibre and end fabric, which is further improved by a new Decafast finish for an even smoother surface handle like the most luxurious wool suiting.
We use lambswool from the lush rolling pastures of South Island, New Zealand. We’ve partnered with Wools of New Zealand’s Laneve wool integrity programme, which not only gives the assurance of product traceability to identifiable farms, but also the confidence of responsible farming which protects the delicate eco-system and supports the endangered Hector’s Dolphin found off the dramatic New Zealand coastline.
Full of optimism and energy after the dark period of the 2nd World War the 50’s era reflected celebrations, high spirits and razzle-dazzle. The fabulous fifties threw up many a glamour icon, but none as captivating as Marilyn Monroe herself.
Embracing this current key trend, Monroe is a simple yet stylish dobby weave upholstery fabric. It’s textured woollen bouclé creates a pre-worn bobbled effect reminiscent of fifties apparel. It conjures up an eclectic, nostalgic mix of retro memories from an optimistic feelgood decade.
The Monroe colour palette is both kitsch and happy reflecting the post war celebratory lift including candy pinks, retro blues and pop-art inspired tones. The product is named quite simply after ‘Marilyn Monroe’ who was one of the most celebrated iconic figures of fifties Hollywood stardom.