By: Ashleigh VanHouten

“I got so lucky,” says Chella Textiles president Lee Menichella of his company’s recent collection with iconic ceramicist Roy Hamilton. “He’s such a master in the world of design.”

Ceramicist Roy Hamilton at work.

Ceramicist Roy Hamilton at work.

The Roy Hamilton Collection for Chella Textiles, inspired by the English-born, Manhattan-based artist’s handcrafted one-of-a-kind ceramics, also represents Hamilton’s return to his first love: fabric. His ceramics have long been must-haves in blue-chip collections the world over — including the Obama White House — and now, 50 years after Hamilton left the weaving mill in northern England where he invented a “linen” finish to his ceramic designs, he presents this well-curated line of Impressionistic linen looks for Chella.

“I approached this as a collection of six neutral colors, each in six designs scaled from small to large, allowing hospitality and interior designers to cover all bases — from barstools to large-scale chaises to canopies—with subtle coordination,” says Hamilton. “The designs include an all-over broken texture, which complements and works with the other patterns.”

Like all Chella Textiles products, this new collection is highly durable and impervious to everything from intense sunlight and torrential rain, coffee and red wine, to latex and oil-based paint. They’re also machine-washable, and guaranteed for three years against sun damage, fading, and loss of strength.

“For half a century Roy has worked in clay with textile technique in mind,” says Menichella. “His ceramics are modern classics, equally at home in Parish Hadley and contemporary interiors. He brings that same aesthetic to Chella.

“Hamilton is a natural storyteller with a breadth of knowledge; he has a real love for design,” Menichella continues. “When he adapts his ceramics into textiles, the result is graphically strong, and so innovative.”

Shadow Cast is inspired by Hamilton’s signature linen-look ceramics finishing technique, playing with negative space; this luxury performance fabric already feels like a modern classic.

Shadow Cast is inspired by Hamilton’s signature linen-look ceramics finishing technique, playing with negative space; this luxury performance fabric already feels like a modern classic. 

Tiger Scan’s traditional damask structure conjures a tiger in motion. “I originally created this as a rug design from Edward Fields in 1975,” says Hamilton. “Jungle prints have never really gone away."

Tiger Scan’s traditional damask structure conjures a tiger in motion. “I originally created this as a rug design from Edward Fields in 1975,” says Hamilton. “Jungle prints have never really gone away.”

The magic of Screenshot is its chameleon-like neutrality that allows it to read as either a pattern or a solid. “I really welcomed that Roy is so graphically strong,” says Chella president Lee Menichella. “In Screenshot, he was looking to create a solid…with an asterisk.”

The magic of Screenshot is its chameleon-like neutrality that allows it to read as either a pattern or a solid. “I really welcomed that Roy is so graphically strong,” says Chella president Lee Menichella. “In Screenshot, he was looking to create a solid…with an asterisk.” 

Angular is a strong graphic pattern inspired by Hamilton’s classic Arrows design.

Angular is a strong graphic pattern inspired by Hamilton’s classic Arrows design.

Overlap salutes the traditional craft of hand-weaving, showcasing the soothing relationship between warp and weft.

Overlap salutes the traditional craft of hand-weaving, showcasing the soothing relationship between warp and weft.

Corner Deck, based on an existing design of Hamilton’s for barware tumblers, exudes a classic mid-century appeal.

Corner Deck, based on an existing design of Hamilton’s for barware tumblers, exudes a classic mid-century appeal.

For more information on this new collection from Chella Textiles, contact us!