Over my twenty years as an interior designer, I've found it very hard to find upholstery that met all of my requirements: high-quality pieces with simple shapes that I could layer into a scheme and make my own, but were also competitively priced and responsibly made. These are the pieces I wanted to bring to life through NiX, and this month, I’m delighted to do just that.
Our upholstery collection includes two armchairs and ottomans and four ranges that encompass armchairs, loveseats, and two, three and four-seat sofas. These are dependable, classic shapes that are easy to build an interior scheme around.
All of the pieces in the upholstery collection are made in the UK at a wonderful workshop in the Midlands run by two gentlemen who have been doing this for decades. They are the best in class at what they do and care passionately about their craft and about passing it on to the next generation of makers. They have a really impressive apprenticeship programme which we wholeheartedly support as attracting and training new talent is one of the biggest challenges the industry faces.
A walkthrough with Nix
The collection includes two beautifully useful, compact armchairs – the Perch Slipper chair and the Time Out Fluted Back armchair - that work perfectly in those tight spots in the home that can be awkward to fill. Neat and compact, Perch Slipper is a contemporary take on an old classic while Time Out features a generous, enveloping back Inspired by an antique piece that I bought years ago.
The distinctive Curtain Call range boasts simple and classic lines brought to life with the addition of an elegant skirt that encircles the base of each piece – certain to bring a romantic accent to any interior.
Distinguished by its arched back detail and playful ball-shaped feet, Dolittle was inspired by a versatile Art Deco sofa that my studio used in our Jacobean House project while the generously proportioned More the Merrier is based on a sofa in my own home. its welcoming curved backrests and arms make it a comfy but hardworking design - one the whole family can pile on.
My favourite design in the collection is probably the Idler, which is based on an Edwardian sofa that I bought and have in my own kitchen. I like this range because of its simplicity – it offers a lot of scope to dress it up or down depending on what fabric and cushions you choose and what you place around it. It works just as well in a kitchen as it does in a drawing room.
Our upholstery collection is completed by two ottomans. The generous Hither Hex and more compact Thither Hex serve as punctuation marks in the interior; an opportunity to add a pop of colour and pattern that complements the wider scheme. Use them as footstools, extra seats in the living room, stools for dressing tables or add a tray to transform them into coffee tables.
It was important to me to make this collection as versatile as possible. For this reason, I have chosen classic shapes and clean-lined silhouettes that can be dressed up or down through your choice of upholstery. From a relaxed country home to a more formal townhouse these pieces can be styled to blend seamlessly into any interior.
Customers can choose from a selection of Italian linens and velvets or one of our NiX checks and stripes fabrics – also launching this month. For example, we love using bold colours and patterns on smaller pieces like the ottomans and Perch Slipper chair; sometimes even combining two contrasting fabrics for the cushions and frame.
Whatever the scale and style of your project, I’m confident that we have an upholstery design that will meet your needs and suit your space. Don’t forget to share pictures of your NiX pieces with us – we love nothing more than to see our designs making their way out into the world and discover how you’ve incorporated them into your homes.