Living Union is a new premium British lifestyle brand that sources and collaborates with some of the worlds finest textile and product designers.
Company Founder Siobhan Di Rienzo explains, “I have a real passion for vintage fabrics and have long collected Stig Linberg and Lucienne Day. Around a year ago I was trying to source some cushions for the shop, but just couldn’t find what I wanted. That’s when I decided to manufacture some myself. I wanted a collection with heritage so contacted the Classic Textiles department at Glasgow School of Art, who hold a key British mid-century pattern archive, to see if they fancied collaborating with me. “To be honest I didn’t think they’d come back to me, but within 24 hours they got in touch to say that they’d been contemplating doing a project like this for some time but the right partner, with the relevant retail experience, hadn’t yet emerged.” and from there the journey began.
After a exciting exploration through Glasgow’s extensive archives and insightful discussions with Robert Stewart’s family, the first collection was launched at Home London to a great reception. First collection pieces include cushions, tea towels, wall hangings and some lovely wooden cats.
Robert Stewart who revolutionised design in postwar Britain. A prolific craftsman, Stewart produced paintings, tapestries, graphics, ceramics and murals but it is his textile designs that have been most influential, in particular those produced by Liberty, Pringle and Donald Brothers in the 1950’s. He won many awards and became the head of the printed textiles department at Glasgow School of Art in 1949 where he worked for 35 years.
Stewart’s family played an important part in the launch of Living Unions’ first collection and have granted the rights to reproduce many of Stewart’s long out of production designs, so they can now be enjoyed by a whole new generation.
Living Union re-launches some of these classic designs as beautiful cushions and tea towels seen below.
(from left to right) Sun Man, Raimoult, Kilmun and Macrahanish. 45 x45cm £65.00
(from left to right) Macrahanish, Ardentinny–Green, Kilmun, Ardentinny–Orange. 66x45cm £19.95
Also available are these stunning limited edition wall hangings, which include a numbered certificate of authenticity. All of the Robert Stewart textiles re-launched by Living Union are printed at Classic Textiles Glasgow School of Art and manufactured in the UK.
(from left to right) Ltd Edition Wall Hanging by Robert Stewart (1), Ltd Edition Wall Hanging by Robert Stewart (2)
As well as re-launching classic mid-century textiles, Living Union has also produced these great wooden cats. Jasper and Floyd are inspired and named after beautiful old family pets. Cheeky in nature and beautifully crafted using natural materials. Jasper is made of solid oak and beech, Floyd is made of solid walnut and beech. Proudly manufactured in the UK. Simple and contemporary in his design, these will make a great addition to any home.
(from left to right) Jasper, Floyd. H19cm £59.00
This is just the start for Living Union, with various new products, projects and collaborations in the pipeline. Including more from British mid-century textile designers featured in the Glasgow School of Art archives and collaborations with contemporary designers expanding with more great homewares and accessories.
They were recently featured on Mid Century Magazine who provide even more great insight into this new exciting brand.