Thank you to Hilary at Eco Modern for the kind feature on Esme Winter.
We answered a few questions on the appeal of mid-century modernism and it’s inspiration to our work –
What led you to start Esme Winter and decide to take the leap to create this very British business?
‘Our business was the amalgamation of many facets of our life, from our shared passion of decorative and book arts to our respective careers in interior finishing and independent retail. Starting and growing our business, though it has been hard work, has been a very organic process. We enjoy sampling and finding out the provenance of a paper or material. All Esme Winter products are made in the UK and Europe using Acid Free, FSC Assured papers and Vegetable-based inks. Responsible sourcing is a story that we like to tell and it’s certainly something we consider as a perk to our work!’.
How influential is mid-century modernism in the designs you make? What is it about this style that speaks to you the most?
‘Though we aren’t looking directly to mid-century modernism whilst we physically design, the sheer volume of it on our bookshelves is bound to have an effect! In particular we are great admirers of ‘Modern British’ and the early European modernists of the Bauhaus. Maybe its biggest influence on us however is that we like to imagine our product in-situ in a beautiful mid-century house, perhaps belonging to Finn Juhl or Alvar Aalto…’.
Your patterns are small scale repeats – what is the rationale behind this?
‘It’s always been the way Esme has drawn, having been bought up surrounded by book art from a young age, it was the endpapers that enthralled and obsessed. Even the dullest cover can have an exciting endpaper hidden inside! It’s these patterns, often from Florentine prints or artists such as Enid Marx and Edward Bawden that have stuck in the mind. Each of our designs has its own life story behind it. Some may work instantly whilst others have been in a drawer for years before finding their own particular appeal to us’.
Read the full article here – Ecomodern | Esme Winter