Fashion and Fabric
Once the pastime that a formerly less-than-stylish Beijing forgot, interior design is now a burgeoning industry in the forward-looking and ever-evolving Chinese capital. It was with great anticipation then that hot new online soft furnishings boutique Tú Textiles was opened by former Australian fashion model Rebecca Churn and American-born architect Jill Lewis. Boasting a gorgeous and ever-expanding range of cushions and fabrics, TT combines Asian spiritualism, Western designs and eco-friendly manufacturing using only the most sophisticated organic materials (certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard) and water-based inks.
The newest style is an ode to the Chinese New Year, depicting a patterned snake almost camouflaged by a selection of native flowers (including the bauhinia that adorns the Hong Kong flag), but all their designs draw inspiration from traditional Chinese patterns, with recent patterns featuring dragons, the jie knot, the chrysanthemum symbol of nobility (ju), and the circular quan of Buddhist enlightenment. To add to the appeal, their cushions come in those hard-to-find, in-between colours like persimmon (red-pink) and citrus (a bright shade of orange-yellow), or you can indulge your creativity and opt to go bespoke with your choice of fabric, print, colour and edging. Scope out the most popular Tú Textiles designs at chic furniture showroom Lily’s Antiques, or click to their website to shop the full collection.