By LAWRENCE TAN
What started as a desire to showcase her collection of 19th century fabrics and silk turned out to be a fascinating business enterprise for Lisa Whatmough, who set up Squint in 2005 to make bespoke armchairs and sofas.
Drawing on her working experience at an antique-furniture company, the former painter and sculptor married the two – furniture and fabrics – and what results is a set of one-off pieces of exquisite and arrestingly colorful patchwork upholstery, for which the embroidery and craftsmanship is anything but patchwork.
Her furniture range comprises Victorian chaise longues to Egg chairs, stools, sofas, beds, lampshades and even mirrors, and start from around £3000 for the furniture pieces. Lisa works with every individual customer to design each piece, which is then sent to traditional craftsmen in Nottingham to put together the bespoke furniture.
She has worked with the likes of Maharishi, Gavin Turk, Liberty and Swarovski in recent furniture and installation collaborations. Lisa’s boutique recently moved from East London to its new premises in London’s fashionable Shoreditch.