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Hearst Castle Collection: Q&A With Design Director Sarah Williamson

Hearst Castle Collection: Q&A With Design Director Sarah Williamson

Hearst Castle Collection: Q&A With Design Director Sarah Williamson

 Pindler first launched its exclusive Hearst Castle Collection more than 23 years ago, with a selection of beautiful designs reflecting the grandeur, luxury, wonder and mystique of this famous castle nestled in the hills above the California coast. Inspired by a 2019 trip to the castle, Pindler’s design team recently expanded the collection to include eight gorgeous new patterns. 

In this Q&A, Design Director Sarah Williamson shares behind-the-scenes, creative insights on this one-of-a-kind fabric collection.

What was your creative process for developing the new Hearst Castle patterns?

For this latest Hearst Castle collection, our design team spent a week with the staff at the castle and toured all of the property and its extensive archives for fresh inspiration. We left with so many great ideas and took our time finding the right mills to partner with on these designs, making sure we translated the items or imagery into fabrics that showed the detail and beauty.

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What was the most exciting part of creating these new designs?

I think the process of translating an existing design into fabric is so exciting. A great example would be 7128 – Terrazza. This design was inspired by a geometric wood carving on a desk found in a bedroom in the North Wing of Casa Grande. The carving was translated into a midscale design, which is embroidered on a faux silk ground, and could be used in any space – transitional, traditional, or contemporary.

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What do these new additions offer that wasn’t previously available to designers?

I think this collection has a lot of classic design with a modern twist. You have traditional and transitional embroideries colored in sophisticated and useable hues, luxurious and plush velvets, and digitally printed linen designs, which offer an old-world look in a fresh medium.

What types of environments do you envision these patterns in?

I see each of these designs reaching into many design aesthetics. The Hearst Castle Collection has always been styled for a traditional look, but I feel we’ve colored the collection and introduced new designs that have a great transitional feel.

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Do you have a favorite design? 

I’d have to say my favorite is 7123 – Renacimiento. The design was inspired by an ornate wood carving found in the lower South Duplex Suite. The Duplex Suites were designed by Julia Morgan to accommodate more of Hearst’s guests in Casa Grande. Our interpretation of the carving work was translated into a beautiful, large-scale, floral design that is embroidered on a wool-blended felt ground cloth. It’s so unique and comes in five stunning colorways – Peridot is my favorite. 

Is there anything else designers should know about the Hearst Castle collection? 

Pindler has been so fortunate over the past 25+ years to be given access to the vast and diverse collections and archives of decorative arts collected by William Randolph Hearst. We are very excited for this new collection to launch and to continue telling the story of Hearst’s passion for all things beautiful. We are also very proud to say a portion of the proceeds from this collection goes to the preservation of the property, which is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the areas of historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. 

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View the whole collection here: https://www.pindler.com/collections/hearst-castle/