Everything you need to know about Brunschwig & Fils
From grand rooms in the White House and the Palace of Versailles to romantic country retreats in cottages and seaside homes, Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wallcoverings and furnishings have appeared for more than a century in the world’s most beautiful and iconic interiors. We are pleased to include fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings by Brunschwig & Fils among the collections available from Fabric Gallery and Interiors.
Brunschwig & Fils is the canon of high quality decorative textiles in the home furnishings industry, and today its many other products include wallpaper, trimmings, upholstered furniture, tables and lighting.
The history of the company dates back to 1891, when it was founded by Achille Brunschwig. In 1925 Roger Brunschwig, son of Achille, opened a New York office. Good design has been at the firm’s heart and soul from the beginning, and each generation acknowledges that French style – in décor, fashion, design, colour and the art of living – has been paramount for centuries. To translate this spirit for today’s taste, in America and around the world, is the ongoing mission of Brunschwig & Fils.
In 1941 Roger Brunschwig went off to war and his wife, Zelina, took over the family business. Mrs. B, as she was affectionately called, was a woman of great style, sophistication and inventiveness. Mrs. B is credited with developing the brand and aesthetic of Brunschwig & Fils as we know it today and for introducing scheming into its marketing efforts. Her motto “Good Design Is Forever” still holds true today.
Mrs. B collected documentary textile designs found in American houses for years, and she was keen to make use of the great collection of European documentary patterns that her husband, Colonel Brunschwig, and his father, Achille, had collected and stored in France. It was arranged for these precious documents to be packed in map cases and sent to America for safekeeping during WW II. More than 10,000 documents are now preserved in the Brunschwig & Fils archive. The Brunschwig & Fils collection displays a constant recycling of past designs – updated and recoloured when necessary – illustrating the company’s motto that good design really is forever.
Brunschwig & Fils began to think about adding wallpaper to its line in 1959. Mrs B. and Murray Douglas knew that wallpaper could transform a room optically – by making it appear taller with up reaching vertical patterns, or by pushing the walls out with scenic effects, or by bringing the outdoors in with garden greenery and architectural details.
By 1964, wallpapers and borders became a regular part of the collection and another arm of the company. Brunschwig offers everything from traditional large scale patterns, trellis motifs, novelty patterns, toile de jour designs, to small scale prints, borders, tiny textured repeats, patterns and more.
Where can I buy Brunschwig & Fils fabrics?
At Fabric Gallery & Interiors we have supplied Brunschwig & Fils since the company was taken over by GP&J Baker in 2011. Brunschwig & Fils never disappoints and continues to exude timeless quality. We can source their extensive collections directly from the USA and our expert team can guide you through the collections. That way you can pick the best fabric for your upholstery or soft furnishings. If you’d like to see Brunschwig & Fils please do come and visit us in york. If you cannot visit us please phone us on 01904 481101. Or if you already know which fabric you want we can give you a free Quick Quote.