College friendships can be fleeting or fruitful. Firmly in the latter is the bond between Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell, who, in 1992, parlayed the sensibilities they shared at the Royal College of Art into a signature brand, Wallace Sewell. “We fused Emma’s preoccupation for structure and performance with my love of asymmetric stripes and blocks,” Wallace-Jones says of the scarves, throws, cushions, and upholstery fabrics that followed.
Now, the two kick off their 25th anniversary with a first-ever collection of rugs. Prompted by customer requests, the designs are hand-knotted wool loosely adapted from existing fabrics, the influence obvious in the colorful geometry of Fielden. The designers are also broadening their collaboration with Designtex in Finsbury, a textured cotton-velvet.