Tricia Guild

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Tricia Guild
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
EducationRoyal College of Art, Winchester School of Art and Loughborough University

Tricia Guild OBE is a British designer and the founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild an international home and lifestyle company with a store and showroom on the Kings Road and Marylebone High Street in London, and offices in London with showrooms in Paris, Munich, Stockholm and New York.

Tricia Guild is known for her fabric and wallpaper collections and her work as a designer and manufacturer on a range of home interior products.


Tricia Guild established Designers Guild, in 1970[1] whilst searching for textiles to decorate with. By re-colouring a collection of Indian hand-block printed textiles, the first collection was established. She opened her store on the Kings Road with her first collection of fabrics, also selling ceramics and furniture. In 1974 she started working with artists such as Kaffe Fassett, Lillian Delevoryas and Janice Tchalenko, among others.

Throughout the 1990s Guild focused her attention on expanding the range as Designers Guild grew in the UK and overseas. The flagship store and showroom are situated on the Kings Road, London and include a showroom devoted entirely to fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and paint.

In 1985 DG turnover was £3.0m and in 2010 it had grown to over £50m[2] with over 250 staff and offices and showrooms in London, Paris, Munich, Milan and New York. –[3]

Guild was appointed an OBE for services to interior design.[4]


Guild has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Winchester School of Art and Loughborough University. She is married with a daughter and a granddaughter, and lives with her husband, the restaurateur Richard Polo, in Notting Hill.

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • 1989 Textile Institute Gold Medal for her outstanding contribution to International Textiles, UK.
  • 1991 Queen's Award for Export Achievement
  • 1992 The Export Award for Smaller Businesses.
  • 1993 Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Art, London, UK.
  • 1993 Honorary Master of Arts Degree from Winchester School of Art, UK.
  • 1994 A winner of the European Community Design Prize.
  • 1995 'Excellence de la Maison' for Bedlinen, by Marie Claire Maison Magazine, France.
  • 1996 Queens Award for Export Achievement (Second time to be awarded)
  • 1999 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology, Loughborough University.
  • 2007 The Homes & Gardens Classic Design Award – Lifetime achievement.[5]
  • 2008 Tricia Guild appointed an OBE for services to interior design.


  • 1982 Soft Furnishings
  • 1986 Designing with Flowers
  • 1988 Design and Detail
  • 1989 Design and Garden
  • 1990 Tricia Guild New Soft Furnishing
  • 1992 Tricia Guild on Colour
  • 1994 Tricia Guild’s Painted Country
  • 1996 Tricia Guild in Town
  • 1998 Cut Flowers
  • 1999 White Hot
  • 2002 Think Pink
  • 2004 Private View
  • 2006 Pattern
  • 2008 Flower Sense
  • 2010 A Certain Style
  • 2013 'Colour Deconstructed'


  1. ^ Celebrity Gardeners: Tricia Guild's garden – Telegraph
  2. ^ Tricia Guild's top tips for inside your home – Telegraph
  3. ^ "Designers Guild Opens New Showroom, Tabs Newman to Head Sales | Home Furnishings News".
  4. ^ Colour crusader: How Tricia Guild become an interiors icon – Interiors – Property – The Independent
  5. ^ Homes and Gardens magazine, interior design ideas

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