Celebrating 50 Years
18th January 2022
The early 70’s saw the birth of a new textile business in the Yorkshire town of Batley. With design and innovation at the heart of everything, three local art college students came together, delivering statement printed fabrics into contract 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 on 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! 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.
January 2022 – Duo and Tetra
Starting off the Anniversary calendar, our Duo and Tetra designs were originally part of a Skopos range called DECCAHEDRON (Decca being 10 in the Greek alphabet).
The range consisted of 10 drape designs, aimed at the hospitality market, with large, bold geometric printed shapes and simplistic two-tone contrast.
Duo and Tetra embody the 1970’s style with their audacious use of flat shapes in repeating patterns. Deliberately bold, they were the perfect backdrop to the modern 1970’s interior space – exuding a cool confidence and drama.
Designed, woven and hand-screen printed in Yorkshire, the original designs were hand made to order. Screens were produced in-house and colours, mixed by hand, were influenced by the interior trends of the day. Order samples of these 2 designs today.