The company was founded in 1992 by South African born Bernie de Le Cuona. The collections are inspired by her culture and travels. Whether it is the rugged accents of the African bush, an artist’s canvas in Los Angeles, or an antique shawl uncovered in Kashmir, she is an expert at interpreting these ‘moments’ into superior fabrics that adorn both classic and contemporary interiors.
The design cognoscenti relish the raw sophistication of the de Le Cuona fabric, which pushes the boundaries of design, exploring how linen, wool, velvet and cashmere can combine to create contrasting layers of texture for global tastes.
Bernie is celebrated for seeking the most skilled craftsmen. Working with the finest artisans and mills, de Le Cuona explores old and new finishing techniques that bring the designs to life – whether that be stonewashing, embossing linen with antique rollers or weaving paisley on original looms. It is the iconic ‘weight’, ‘handle’ and ‘fall’ of the fabric that truly set de Le Cuona apart.
With the same dedication to high quality and innovation, de Le Cuona’s range of accessories includes cushions, throws and occasional furniture as well as offering a bespoke design and make up service. ‘Crocodile & Cashmere’ was the first luxury
travel collection handcrafted in the softest crocodile skin and English cashmere.
Now with a major fabric and accessory collection launched each year, the company has thriving showrooms in London, New York and a network of elite distributors and
agents worldwide. The business is still a family enterprise with headquarters in Royal Windsor and a loyal team of experienced fabric and interior professionals.
Collections and techniques continue to explore new frontiers and offer clients the opportunity to create glamorous spaces with the finest cloths.
Demure Drama is de Le Cuona’s first dedicated paisley collection.
Discover the most intricate, softly tactile paisleys ever woven in a kaleidoscope of beautiful colours ranging from quiet to vivid shades. Dragonfly, Meadow and Serenity each capture the modern spirit of this design classic.
Bernie de Le Cuona’s prowess at creating some of the world’s most precious paisleys involves a long and rigorous creative process. Some take up to three years in development. It is this pursuit of excellence that gives each design a sense of integrity and exclusivity.
Dragonfly is a magnificent floral paisley that is wild with drama and alive with vibrant colour. Traditional paisleys run in linear patterns but this bohemian interpretation has free-flowing swirls in rich shades.
Serenity takes the exotic swirling arabesque design of Dragonfly but soothes it with luxurious natural soft-washed shades of Snow, Twilight, Frost, Dawn, Dusk and Mist.
Meadow is a small-scale paisley full of tiny flowers with a hint of French-style. Inspired by an antique piece of paisley it is coloured in soft poetic naturals flecked with soft shades.
Demure Drama recreates the past with an unconventional eye injecting paisley with colour and verve. The contrasting palette and scale makes this new collection combine beautifully with de Le Cuona’s stable of luxurious linen, velvet and cashmere to create unique schemes for interiors worldwide.
London Design Week, 2016. The American Interior Design Community "The Editor at Large" interviews Bernie de Le Cuona, Rita Konig, Hatta Byng (Editor of House & Garden), Natalia Miyar, Dani Neville, Jette Anderson and Maurizio Pellizzoni about the new Paisley Fabric collection Demure Drama in de Le Cuona London showroom.