009 Textiles is a fabric design company based in West London, a collaborative project between Emilie O’Connor and Gopali Mulji. They produce unusual hand-finished textiles that are simply too beautiful to think about not possessing! Below are my favourites, Conker and hand embellished Birds…
I am really happy to welcome Emilie to the blog as I feel quite kindred to their brand – around the time my career was kicking off so were theirs as new designers with the Elle Decoration Design Awards which I was involved in, and where we first met.
I have followed their path eagerly in the design world and am very glad that ours have finally met again. I give you a day with Emilie O’Connor of 009 Textiles…
I trained as a theatre and costume designer at Central St. Martins and after graduating started working on set designs for music videos and commercial including the Spice Girls and Billie Piper ! However, my daughter became ill so i started to look for something close to home so I could drop her off and pick her up from school. Gopali [an old friend from Oxford] and I started 009 in 2003 with an aim to create any thing do with textiles and called the company after our studio number.
We began to produce mens shirts, skirts, kids tops and fabrics with beautiful textiles with a hand finish. We began to sell them in established department stores and boutiques such as The Cross and Biffy in Milan. Then in 2006, Gopali decided to get married and I took over 009 and narrowed the focus down to just doing fabrics for interiors.
I slowly built up a collection of unique hand finished designs based on commission work. I developed close working relationships with craftmens and mills in India, Pakistan, Hungary, Ireland and of course England. After much persistence I got into Liberty and in 2007 won best fabric for the british design awards in Elle decoration.
I am currently still developing the 009 collection adding new designs every year. My latest commissions include cushions for the Turner prize event and we have just put leading edge embroidery designs into production for curtains in a Palace in Saudi for the living and dining room. The day I am sharing is the production and sampling of fabrics in our collection…
7.00am I catch a train to Southhall for new sampling of these design’s I have been working on..
We work with The Print factory Ivo’s, who are a family run independent business that have been going for 40 years.
This table is 40metres long!
The inks we use…
The screens are over a metre long and our new ‘Off the Record’ screen is ready for an order on Friday.
Here you can see the sampling of our new designs in action…
12.00pm Back home from the factory to pick up lunch from Tom’s Deli in Westbourne Park which is like a treasure box for food and for the best coffee! Tom’s is an institution of Notting Hill and is run by Terence Conran’s son Tom.
I really like the ceiling!
Then back to Westbourne Studios which is where 009 operate from. The Studios which are located a few minutes from Portobello Road
are made up of 95 offices and house many other creative business.
This is the electric car I use for getting my to meetings!
I then start the order for Liberty’s ‘Off the Record’ print which is hand stamped…
5.00pm I finally lock up the studio and go to get my daughter from school.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at email@example.com