Lisa Whatmough is very modest about her growing empire of ultra colourful, tactile patchwork furniture.
mydeco.com in conversation with Lisa, from Squint.
How did you decide on the name Squint Limited?
I had a lecturer when I was at college who believed firmly in squinting before starting a drawing to lose the extraneous information. It stuck as a great word and has somewhat become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the work has become brighter and hotter over time.
What's the ethos behind your brand?
Customer satisfaction and value for money…we strive to create the very best we possibly can and only work with exceptional manufacturers.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I have to say from all over really and I’m certainly never short of ideas. The starting point is usually the client on orders and each one brings something different and special to the mix, but our workshops inspire me, as do antique designs and textiles. My biggest problem is that it takes so long to get something into production that I’m always worried about ultimately running out of time, I think that’s why I’m so driven.
What is your most prized possession?
Possession as in a thing, I don’t have one. As much as I love objects and how they make you feel nothing I have truly holds me emotionally, it’s all about family, friends and Stan.
How would you sum up your personal style in one word?
Can you explain a little more about how you make your products?
All the fabric work happens in the studio, the sewing and wrapping etc but the actual pieces are made by our manufacturers in their workshops, unexpected but true is the fact that I don’t know how to sew let alone upholster, I took the view years ago that technical jobs like that are best left to the professionals.
What would you say is your hero product?
I’m particularly keen on our new wallpapers at the moment as they have taken about 18 months to finally get into production, of those The Peacocks would most definitely be the hero.
Squint Limited's best sellers
The kimono box ottoman
The kimono box ottoman£1,200
The Dutch cabriolet leg
The dutch cabriolet…£500
Mercury table lamp
Mercury table lamp£600
50's wing chair
50's wing chair£2,600
The vintage parker knoll sofa
The vintage parker…£3,000
Gold peacock decal, small
Gold peacock decal,…£100
Stag Study Lamp
Stag study lamp£720