Skopos reimagines ‘retro’ iconic design collection

Rounding off a landmark year celebrating 50 years of Skopos, Alpha 11, one of Skopos’ first ever designs is being renamed, reimagined, and brought to the forefront again…

blinds in Enteka fabric from skopos in white interior

Celebrating 50 years of design and manufacture in contract textiles, Skopos has been marking this milestone every month by looking back at some of the standout designs that have come off its drawing board, and putting them back in the design spotlight with the launch of its 50th Anniversary Collection.

Alpha 11 — literally design number 11 in the Skopos design portfolio — made its first appearance in the 1970s. Effective in its simplicity, the design was a two-colour print featured in the original Skopos folder. A design that explored the relationship between shape and pattern, to form a simple repeat and horizontal stripe on a coloured background. The design team have revisited the relationship between positive and negative spaces to form an abstract graphic vertical stripe, tapping into the current trend for retro design and1970s styling. Renamed as Enteka (Greek for eleven) this new design is being offered in two colourways for December.

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Partnering Enteka for December the second design appears as a seasonally-apt icy medallion; Pompadour was a hero design within the Skopos Erddig & Elle collection from 2012. A collection of contrasting designs, masculine versus feminine, Erddig & Elle was one of the last wet-printed collections, which fused the idea of wet print with modern digital printing techniques within one collection. Playing with designs on silk-style cloths, digitally printing motifs on velvet and including a raised minerfoam relief design, the collection was experimental in every way. Pompadour injected elegance into the collection in the form of a large-scale motif, perfect for curtains, cushions and bedding. A move on from Pomadour, the Nivis design retains the icy twinkle, shifting tone and texture into a modern interpretation for the Anniversary collection.

The Skopos designs for December are available on any of its standard print base-cloths and are being offered in two colourways for immediate order. For alternative colourways, in-line with minimum order requirements, the design team will be able to help.

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