A County Derry manufacturer has again showed its ability to adapt to the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic by teaming up with one of the UK's leading designers.
When the pandemic hit, Magherafelt-based Bloc Blinds adapted to produce personal protection equipment to fight the virus, and now the company has collaborated with UK printed textile designer Laura Slater on an exclusive collection of designs.
The designer, who established her design studio and print workshop in West Yorkshire after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007, has an impressive client list including Heals, Harvey Nichols and John Lewis.
Last year, Bloc Blinds invested over £100k in the installation of bespoke fabric printing facilities at its manufacturing headquarters. The move was in response to consumer demand for custom patterns and personalisation when selecting fabrics.
Cormac Diamond, Bloc Blinds Managing Director said their new printing capability had helped with the partnership.
“As a forward thinking and innovative company, we strive to keep our finger on the pulse of changing consumer needs – and that is exactly why we made this investment in fabric printing and partnered with Laura.
"Our new printing capability means we can offer customers new designs, which have been created exclusively for Bloc Blinds by contemporary artists such as Laura Slater.
"We are delighted to share this collection with our customers exclusively from our online site.”
Laura Slater said that the collaboration had been enjoyable.
“I enjoyed the process of designing and creating new prints exclusive to Bloc Blinds," she said.
"The unique collection of designs reflects the impact nature has on our modern lifestyle. I hope to offer people the opportunity to incorporate natural colours and prints into their living space and enjoy bringing the outside in.”
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team on 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories Or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com at any time.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from Derrynow.com
Buy the e-paper of the Derry News and the County Derry Post here for instant access to Derry's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Derry with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.