Well, the magnificent Christopher Farr has won my heart again. He has just produced a dynamite new line of wool and mohair rugs based on a selection of sketches done by Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and other key members of the Omega Workshops and Bloomsbury collective from 1912-1919. They feel incredibly fresh and current to me:Each of these glorious rugs is being released in editions of 15 and will be on view in the Los Angeles store from October 22nd – November 19th. I can’t wait to see these in person!
I wasn’t familiar with the Omega group and after seeing these rugs, I was hungry to learn more. Here’s the skinny from the folks at Christopher Farr:
Founded in 1913 by the painter and art critic Roger Fry, Omega Workshops was an English applied arts company based in London, which lasted until 1919. Aiming to improve the British taste in decorative arts, the company produced ceramics, furniture, carpets and textiles designed by Fry, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, who belonged to the circle of writers and artists known as Bloomsbury, and Henri Doucet, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Winifred Gill and Nina Hamnett. The name ‘Omega’, is thought to have been intended to suggest the last word in design, omega (the Workshop’s trademark) being the last letter of the Greek alphabet. In 1919 the Workshop closed.
And please enjoy some of the fabulous designs from Omega (all courtesy of the Courtauld Gallery, who has the largest collection of work from the Omega Workshops and with whom Mr. Farr collaborated on this project). This screen by Vanessa Bell is beyond…
Well, all of their stuff is, actually… Pretty fly, huh? Mr. Farr, a hearty thanks both for the beautiful rugs and the entree into a whole new world of design from all of us. Enjoy!