Twin Tone Cushions in Tweed
We are thrilled to announce that we have recently launched a new collection of Twin Tone Cushions using tweed from Bute Fabrics, a contemporary fabric designer and manufacturer based on the beautiful Isle of Bute on the west coast of Scotland.
At Lane we value quality craftsmanship above everything and want to invest in great British manufacturers. So we looked no further than Bute Fabrics when choosing a fabric for our cushion designs.
Tweed is an ideal contract fabric with excellent abrasion properties, but is equally at home on sofas and cushions and mid century vintage pieces.
Joff’s trip to Bute
Lane’s Creative Director Joff Casciani has been wanting to find a use for the fabric for several years and we are excited to finally be working with them!
When we first launched the company we shared a studio in Nottingham with pioneering and award-winning interiors company Lief Design. Their Creative Director Martin Vicker took Joff to visit Bute Fabrics in the early 2000s on a fabric sourcing trip. The setting and fabrics captured Joff’s imagination and he has been wanting to find a use for the fabric ever since.
Bute Fabrics - A Family Affair
Bute Fabrics is part of the Bute Family brand and the company and island share a unique family history. It was founded in 1947 by the 5th Marquess of Bute, initially to provide employment for returning servicemen and women.
The Bute Family also own stunning neo-gothic mansion Mount Stuart, ran Bute Looms in the 1960s and own Ritchie’s of Rothesay, one of the oldest & finest smokehouses in Scotland.
Today, the designers, who all live locally, are inspired daily by the landscape, colours and textures of the island. In Scotland, cloth weaving culture is to do with weaving history into the fabric. We’re thrilled that to be involved in that great tradition.
At the mill, the yarn is warped, weaved and then hand inspected. It is hand finished over light boxes, ensuring the quality of every centimetre. They use 'Martindale textile abrasion resistance' to test the equipment to ensure the longevity, anti-pilling and hardwearing qualities of their fabrics. The fabric is then repaired, washed, scrubbed and then cut.
In the workshop there is 18 dobby looms (a mechanical lifting device that allows for the weaving of more intricate patterns) and Italian weaving looms.
Bute’s design team are renowned for the rainbow depth of colour. This is one of the many reasons we chose them for our cushions.
Here is an interesting video by Make Works on Bute Fabrics:
The environment is at the centre of Bute Fabrics’ ethos. They reduce, reuse and recycle the selvedge ends, thrum and machine oil. Packaging and paper usage is reduced to a minimum.
Bute Fabrics' tweed is 100% wool. Wool uses one tenth of the energy needed to produce a comparable quantity of a synthetic product. The wool contains no toxins that can be released into the environment. It is 100% bio-degradable, 100% recyclable, hypo-allergenic and ecologically sound.
The Twin Tone Cushions use Bute’s ‘Tweed’ range, which was launched in 2002 and quickly became one of their best selling fabrics. It is a textured fabric, with each yarn using up to 6 colours in a subtle blend of shades and is reminiscent of the fabrics Bute was known for in the 70's but with a contemporary sophisticated twist.
Originally available in just 24 colours, they have recoloured the Tweed range to keep up with trends, most recently adding the heathered tweed and vibrant tutti frutti colours, so they now have 68 colours in the range.
Examples of Bute Fabrics
Bute Fabrics’ are mainly used by architects, designers and furniture manufacturers for auditoria, conference centres, airlines, corporate businesses, theatres and lecture theatres. For hospitality, it has set the highest standards for the industry.
It is now one of Britain’s best-known and respected upholstery fabric manufacturers. They continue to make design led initiatives and collaborations with big design brands such as Jasper Morrison, Tom Dixon, Barber Osgerby and Timorous Beasties.
Royal Festival Hall and Buckingham Palace
Bute were approached by London architects Allies and Morrison to design fabric for the seats in the 2008 refurbishment of Grade I listed Royal Festival Hall. They added a subtle orange stripe which complemented the remodelled Robin Day auditorium seats from 1951.
Bute were also called upon for the upholstery in the private galleries of HRH Queen Elizabeth in both London's Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh.