A fifth-generation fabric and wallcoverings house takes a creative, experimental approach to its collections
By houseandgarden.co.za | September 10, 2017 | Category Design
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.