Raoul Textiles at London Design Festival

Who are Raoul Textiles?

They are a family-owned design firm based in Santa Barbara, California. Sally McQuillan and her husband Tim are both the founders and designers; they started Raoul Textiles in a Quonset hut by the beach in 1981. Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength as an influential force in the industry, renowned for its unique approach to design and vibrant sense of colour. George Smith are the exclusive distributors for Raoul in the UK. 

Each collection is hand printed on the finest Belgian Linen. Every step of the process is still done by hand in their factory; starting with the earliest sketches right through to the original ink recipes and hand-built screens. George Smith have had the pleasure of a fantastic long standing relationship with them for many years now, their innovative fabric prints bringing originality and a creative twist to many of our furniture designs. 

The signature ‘Raoul for George Smith’ collection is based on a mixture of Raoul’s signature printed linens and other woven fabrics. Many are in the typical bold and vibrant colours often found in the main Raoul collection, as well as a selection of more subtle hues to suit more delicate design schemes. The extensive nature of Raoul’s collections mean they are able to bring contemporary designs to life or add stunning detail to even the most classic of pieces. Click here to see the collection

London Design Festival

This year we are very excited to announce that Sally McQuillan has designed the window in our flagship showroom on King's Road using fabrics from the new 2016 Raoul collection. She has incorporated both indoor and outdoor fabrics; perfect inspiration for those of you looking to incorporate a bit of colour and pattern inside and outside.

Winning Raoul!

In the festival spirit and to celebrate our great collaboration with Raoul Textiles, we have decided to have a competition! For pattern lovers and interior enthusiasts alike, this one’s for you. Enter to win a George Smith stool in Oscar Delft fabric or two handmade cushions (as seen above) in Florentina Delft from Raoul's atelier in California.

This competition is now closed. 

T&Cs: Competition closes on 26 September 2016. This competition is open to UK residents only, applicants must be aged 18 or over. Shipping is included. 

On the Sofa with Sally Mcquillan

founder of Raoul Textiles in Santa Barbara, California

1. What is your process when looking for partners in general and with George Smith in particular?
I look for compatible level of aesthetics and craftsmanship—an appreciation of handmade quality and design integrity. As far as George Smith, I have always admired the furniture and feel that the line transcends any one particular design direction. The pieces are timeless and versatile, which allows us freedom to be imaginative in our design.

2. What was your inspiration in choosing these fabrics?
When developing our woven line for George Smith it was very important that the mills we work with share our appreciation for unique yarns and interesting weaves. We wanted to design fabric with bold textures and colours that could stand alone and complement our printed designs.

3. Raoul textiles is truly a “family” run business can you tell us about how you all work together?
It is enormously satisfying and enriching to work together as a family. We inspire one another, enjoy each other’s company and draw from the other’s strengths. Even when we disagree, we have a foundation of trust and respect that allows us to work out the best in any situation, within the business or creatively.

4. What is your design process?
I see all of our fabrics as drawings first, which then fit into several core design groups that present a well-rounded scope of imagery. Like George Smith, our fabrics do not belong in any one category of design. What I create is based on my inspiration at any given moment—everything I draw may not become a print, but I work from my interest in certain themes or motifs.

5. What was the inspiration for your new 2016 collection?
For our most recent printed collection I was inspired by fantastical patterns, reminiscent of stage sets, which evoked an eccentric grandeur. For our new outdoor collection, it was key that the performance of the yarns and weaves are of the highest quality. In the outdoor collection we wanted to express ourselves in colour and texture in order to complement the outdoor surroundings but not compete with the real-life imagery.