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Tricia Guild OBE is a British designer and the founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild an international home and lifestyle company with a store and showroom on the Kings Road and Marylebone High Street in London, and offices in London with showrooms in Paris, Munich, Stockholm and New York.
Tricia Guild is known for her fabric and wallpaper collections and her work as a designer and manufacturer on a range of home interior products.
Tricia Guild established Designers Guild, in 1970 whilst searching for textiles to decorate with. By re-colouring a collection of Indian hand-block printed textiles, the first collection was established. She opened her store on the Kings Road with her first collection of fabrics, also selling ceramics and furniture. In 1974 she started working with artists such as Kaffe Fassett, Lillian Delevoryas and Janice Tchalenko, among others.
Throughout the 1990s Guild focused her attention on expanding the range as Designers Guild grew in the UK and overseas. The flagship store and showroom are situated on the Kings Road, London and include a showroom devoted entirely to fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and paint.
In the 1980s the company's reputation started to build. Tricia's brother Simon Jeffreys, who was in corporate finance with Coopers & Lybrand, joined the company as Chief Executive, in partnership with Founder and Creative Director, Tricia Guild. In 1985 DG turnover was £3.0m and now in 2010 it has grown to over £50m with over 250 staff and offices and showrooms in London, Paris, Munich, Milan and New York – and a 66,000 sq ft (6,100 m2) distribution centre in West London.
Designers Guild exports to over 60 different countries and won the Queen's Award for Export Achievement in 1991 and 1996. A licensing division has been developed into product areas which include upholstered furniture, paint, bedlinen and towels as well as stationery and home fragrance. A new division was also set up to produce and manufacture fabrics and wallcoverings under license to further use the Designers Guild sales and distribution network.
Guild was appointed an OBE for services to interior design.
Guild has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Winchester School of Art and Loughborough University. She is married with a daughter and a granddaughter, and lives with her husband, the restaurateur Richard Polo, in Notting Hill.1989 Textile Institute Gold Medal for her outstanding contribution to International Textiles, UK.
1991 Queen's Award for Export Achievement
1992 The Export Award for Smaller Businesses.
1993 Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Art, London, UK.
1993 Honorary Master of Arts Degree from Winchester School of Art, UK.
1994 A winner of the European Community Design Prize.
1995 'Excellence de la Maison' for Bedlinen, by Marie Claire Maison Magazine, France.
1996 Queens Award for Export Achievement (Second time to be awarded)
1999 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology, Loughborough University.
2007 The Homes & Gardens Classic Design Award – Lifetime achievement.
2008 Tricia Guild appointed an OBE for services to interior design.
Tricia is the author of fifteen books on the subject of colour and design, from soft furnishing to flowers, gardens and city living.1982 Soft Furnishings
1986 Designing with Flowers
1988 Design and Detail
1989 Design and Garden
1990 Tricia Guild New Soft Furnishing
1992 Tricia Guild on Colour
1994 Tricia Guild’s Painted Country
1996 Tricia Guild in Town
1998 Cut Flowers
1999 White Hot
2002 Think Pink
2004 Private View
2008 Flower Sense
2010 A Certain Style
2013 'Colour Deconstructed'