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.