Studio Visit: Deborah Sharpe Linens
Posted on 11 June 2019
Published in Dering Hall
She is based in Los Angeles, where she began creating custom linens two decades ago, but at heart Deborah Sharpe of Deborah Sharpe Linens is a world traveler, crisscrossing the globe to discover the finest looms in Italy, the softest cashmere in Nepal, and the most elaborate tabletop embroideries in India. Here, she talks about how bedroom design has evolved—and how commissioning custom linens is the ultimate luxury for modern bedrooms.
Trifoglio bedding set
Q: You started out working in Italy, but now you travel around the world for your collections. Where do you find the best craftsmanship?
A: I still find the best craftsmanship for linens is in Italy. I work with factories that are very small and individual. The women who make the linens have been doing this specialized work their entire lives. Their mothers taught them the art. Last year when the Pratesi linens factory closed, many of the sewers came to be employed at my factory. We now do many of the same stitching ideas for our custom work.
Botero bedding set
Q: And where do you travel for inspiration?
A: The world is my inspiration, and I travel all over—Java, Myanmar, Egypt, Nepal, and Peru are countries I’ve gone to in the past few years. I am constantly searching for the best cottons and cashmeres, and looking for artisans who can produce unique pieces for my clients. This year I found the best cashmere factory that can produce one-of-a-kind blankets and throws in any Pantone color. My clients love that they can call me to produce products that cannot be found anywhere else in America.
Q: You offer more than 100 embroidery patterns in dozens of colors, for bedding, table linens, even beach towels. Do you think clients are more open to innovation and bold colors these days?
A: My clients' tastes are so diverse, and I have found in my twenty years of business, both designers and clients have always been open to trying new ideas and colors. Each client tends to have a different idea for each bedroom.
A bedroom designed by Trip Haenish incorporating linens by Deborah Sharpe.
Q: Do you think the popularity of pared-down and mid-century rooms has led to a rethinking of how the bed should look?
A: White sheets have always been the go-to look for modern and mid-century rooms. I would say the majority of my clients choose white sheets with simple embroidery.