I’ve just got back from the Fashion and Textiles Museum, where I was lucky enough to see the fabulous new Very Sanderson exhibition, to celebrate 150 years of Sanderson fabrics and wallpapers. It’s a really fascinating show, with beautiful designs from the archives on display, and a clever layout that imitates the famous Berners Street Sanderson show room (now the Sanderson hotel). I particularly enjoyed looking at the retro Sanderson adverts from the past, including some fabulous 1970s ones, and checking out the new Vintage Fabrics collection of revived archive designs:

Chatting to some of the designers was very interesting, and I learnt that they’re currently working on Sanderson’s next big collection (due out in January 2011) which will be a range of six 1950s-style fabrics, inspired by Lucienne Day. Hurrah! Right up my street. I’d recommend this exhibition to any interior design addict – I left feeling very inspired. It was funny to see how the designs started off chintzy in the late 1800s, then went all funky in the 1940s-1970s, then went back to chintz-ville for the 1980s-1990s, then flipped back to retro designs like Dandelion Clocks more recently. If you go, remember to check out the gift shop at the end for Sanderson postcards, china, stationery, and cute vintage books. Very tempting! – Ellie

I’m looking forward to the V&A’s Quilts 1700-2010 exhibition (20 March – 4 July 2010) which is being hailed as a “visual encyclopaedia of design”, with thousands of pieces of fabric reflecting three centuries of pattern and print. Crafters, take note: to celebrate the exhibition, the V&A Shop and Liberty Art Fabrics have teamed up to release a limited edition collection of 18 printed cottons, inspired by designs from the quilts on display – perfect for sewing a patchwork quilt of your own.

The fabrics will cost £3.50 for a fat quarter (50cm x 75cm). Keep your eyes peeled for the new quilting book which will be released to accompany the exhibition too – Sue Prichard’s Patchwork for Beginners (I’ll be reviewing this next week). Since I’ve got a box under my bed full to the brim with fabric scraps which are ‘going to be turned into a lovely quilt one day’, this book might be just what I need to get going!

London-based interiors fans might also like to pay a visit to the Fashion and Textiles Museum this year to see the exhibition Very Sanderson: 150 Years of English Decoration (19 March – 13 June 2010). You’ll be able to ogle the Sanderson archive and admire wallpapers, fabrics and paint shades from 1860 to the present day. To celebrate Sanderson‘s birthday, artist Nina Saunders has teamed up with footwear designer Tracey Neuls to create an installation made entirely of Sanderson fabrics. We’ll be checking it out at the launch in February’s London Fashion Week and sharing the pics and news here, but until then, here are some examples of Nina and Tracey’s previous Sanderson creations:

Looks as though we’re in for lots of fabric fun this spring! – Ellie