50 Years of Design Excellence. 50 Years of Skopos

Posted in Products on 6 July, 2022

The early 70’s saw the birth of a new textile business in the UK Yorkshire town of Batley. With design and innovation at the heart of everything, three local art college students came together to build an energetic business, delivering eye-catching printed fabrics into healthcare and hospitality interiors.  The students were influenced by graphics seen in Greek pattern/environments and began developing bold repeating textile prints and hand-printing fabrics, on-site in Yorkshire. Deriving from the Greek word for ‘purpose’ the business became known as Skopos. Designs were hand-made to order and early collections used simple, bold shapes, the perfect backdrop to modern 1970’s interior spaces. Mixing colours by hand to deliver an on-trend solution, the Skopos team created dramatic, eye-catching designs that became synonymous with the Skopos Brand.

At this early stage the business made the decision to partner with a company with expertise in flame retardancy fabric treatment, realising the requirement to deliver against certain safety standards for textiles within contract interiors.

Demand grew in the UK, covering markets including healthcare, hospitality, cruise and ferry and then started to gain momentum overseas with big orders coming in from the Middle East.

2022 marks the celebration of 50 years of Skopos! As a tribute to this milestone, throughout this year, we will be looking back at some of our favourite designs over this half century. The 50th Anniversary Collection will see some of these authentic landmark designs reborn using contemporary design production techniques. The evolved designs will be developed in line with current trends for use within contract interiors today. Each month these ‘new’ designs will be brought to life on our website and samples made available in the usual way.

As with all Skopos prints, customers will be able to order the ‘Anniversary’ designs across a number of base-cloths, including upholstery velvets and various drape qualities for use in any project. For bespoke colourways our design team will be able to help.

Skopos Fabrics Ltd are dedicated to design, service and best performance. Our full service or fabric only option provides choice for our customers, with expertise in design, make-up (curtains, cushions and bedding), fitting and installation.

Check in each month to review our Anniversary designs: www.skoposfabrics.com



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