When we began Madder & Rouge back in 2001, our vision was one filled with colour, beauty and texture. How we were going to achieve that in a retail environment we were unsure. The beautiful French Stripe fabric defined and began the journey for us. We were completely drawn to the unusual colour combinations that only the French seem to be able to achieve. Kaky greens beside hot fresh pink moving into cool melon tones followed by a splash of citrus yellow. This fabric called Saillagouse is one of our favourites.
The way these colours work beside each other and the effect they create sums up our Madder & Rouge look. Something clean and modern beside an aged much loved family heirloom, softened with texture, cushions, throws and old kilim rugs. We believe in finding beauty in simple things. One fresh garden picked camellia in an old olive tin or glass bottle. A bowl of freshly fallen lemons in a bowl on the table. A piece of your childs art alone on a white wall, their favourite papermache bowl filled with your colourful beads on the coffee table. Beauty does not necessarily cost you a lot.
At Madder & Rouge we want to offer you a beautiful sensual shopping experience. With products arranged in a way to give you ideas. Our French products have helped us achieve this. Robert le heros, our gorgeous Paris based range of screenprinted linens and bags are both organic in design and texture. They sit comfortably beside the soft white simplicity of Place des Lices. This French soap and bath product is carefully constructed with soaps in soft muslin bags and all crèmes in handmade glass bottles. Each fragrance has its own hand-drawn motif and soap mold which encompasses the feel of the range. Savonerrie de Bormes in contrast is very natural. All of its products are based in essential oils grown and processed locally in the South of France. This earthy range is kind to the skin and beautifully simple in its presentation – quintessentially French.
Tolix our French Steel Furniture range. We feel honoured to have such a famous historic French brand as part of our range. Tolix has been producing steel furniture since 1934. The chairs and stools are still made from the original designs and this is what gives the furniture an authentic vintage industrial feel. We are passionate about them and have both the chairs and stools in our own home.
I guess our main aim at Madder & Rouge is to help you create, with the help of our beautiful products an affordable, comfortable home that while family friendly is still beautiful and individual. An expression of your love for colour and texture.