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April 14th, 2009

Longing for the elegant aesthetic of an English country house? Look no further than The Royal Oak Foundation Collection. Each design is inspired by classic British art and architecture found on the properties of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland that The Royal Oak Foundation has supported with over $7 million in grants. The sale of these products generates royalties that support ongoing preservation and conservation of the more than 300 important historic houses and gardens that influenced their design. Available to the trade exclusively at Lee Jofa showrooms in New York, Atlanta, and elsewhere, The Royal Oak Foundation Collection includes Lee Jofa fabrics, Holland & Company furniture, Cole & Son wallpaper, and Katha Diddèl home accessories.

If you’re in New York this spring, stop by the D&D Building where The Royal Oak Foundation Collection will be on display in a lobby window.

Fabric Lee Jofa

The Royal Oak Foundation is celebrating the fifth year of its partnership with textile manufacturer Lee Jofa. Over 300 solid colorways, linen floral prints, bold multicolored floral embroideries, elegant silk damasks, as well as velvet printed paisleys, animal patterns, and geometric patterns evoke classic English designs of the 20th century, reinterpreted with contemporary flair. The second Royal Oak Foundation Collection launched last year and includes Lee Jofa’s single most popular design, Kirby, a floral hand-block pattern named after a loyal Royal Oak Foundation supporter.


Furniture Holland & Company

Atlanta-based furniture designer Holland & Company launched the Country House Collection for the Royal Oak Foundation in 2008. The 16-piece collection is available exclusively through the Lee Jofa showrooms and offers a unique line of high-quality furniture that is bench-made in traditional English fashion. England’s finest cabinet-makers, antique restorers, and furniture finishers skillfully craft aged reproductions that look as old as the periods they complement.  The designers, along with local craftsmen, visit National Trust properties for inspiration and to accomplish authenticity in their work.

Wallpaper Cole & Son

Since the launch of the Waldorf Collection in 2004, The Royal Oak Foundation Collection has collaborated with Cole & Son, manufacturers of hand painted wallpapers since 1875,  to create bold patterns inspired by the striking design details gleaned from Cole’s archives of original woodblocks. Its most recent launch is the Vintage Glamour Collection, a compilation of 16 hand-printed designs influenced by cultural trends from eras past and evocative of the spirit of the Jazz Age.

Home Accessories Katha Diddèl

A name synonymous with fine needlepoint work, Katha Diddèl created a Royal Oak Foundation Collection to reflect the rich tradition of British decorative arts.  The handmade needlepoint and petit point pillows, rugs, footstools, eyeglass cases, and coasters add a touch of English heritage to any room’s ambiance.  Each piece is a handmade, one-of-a-kind creation, using the finest New Zealand wools in naturally custom hand-dyed colors that coordinate with each design.  Katha Diddèl products are available in fine specialty stores and catalogs throughout the U.S. and overseas.

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