Family Values

For Emily Mould, waking up every morning and heading to the office in Nottinghamshire is much like finding herself comfortably settled in ‘a home from home’ for her working day. As the design director of The Romo Group, the British company recognised for its fine fabrics and wallcoverings, she works with her father, CEO Jonathan Mould, her two siblings and cousin. ‘The best thing about working in a family business is the feeling of being part of a strong team,’ she says.

This notion of family teamwork reaches back to 1902, when Emily’s great-great-grandfather, Robert Mould, started a furniture-manufacturing business before shifting its focus to supplying furnishing fabrics. ‘I grew up surrounded by design and beautiful fabrics, and spent many a holiday helping out in the design studio,’ says Emily. In the 1980s Romo took its design in-house, allowing for a considerably more creative approach to its processes. ‘I’ve seen first-hand how we’ve grown into the design-led company we are today, and how we continue to evolve,’ she adds. ‘We’re continually looking at new weaving techniques and printing processes to bring our designs to life,’ says Emily.

All original artwork is painted by hand in the design studio

Design director Emily Mould

Romantic hues of pink in Linara brushed-cotton linens

Technology might allow for increased innovation, but the company also employs traditional manufacturing techniques. Plus, all their designs originate as a hand-painted or hand-drawn illustration or pattern. Of the trends Emily predicts for spring, colour is the strongest. ‘The biggest ones to watch are dusky pinks and vibrant coral. They exude a sense of romance while creating a restful interior,’ she says. These are especially prominent among the more than 360 hues in the brand’s Linara brushed-cotton linen range, with its ‘wonderful peach-skin feel’. ‘September is an exciting time for us, as we launch six new collections full of delicate designs and unique textures,’ says Emily. ‘It’s an eclectic launch that offers rustic upholstery weaves alongside florals printed on silk and bold geometrics printed on Linara linens.’

Shop Romo’s upholstery, curtain textiles and wall coverings locally at romosouthafrica.com.

The designs are all produced in-house

Photography Damian Russell; Courtesy of The Romo Group Words Leigh Robertson