Our friend Scotti Sitz at Garde in LA turned us on to Tim Gledhill, an LA-based Brit and Rug Company alum who launched Huddleson, his line of contemporary table linens, in 2011. "Some of my fondest memories are of meals with friends and family shared over big, beautifully set tables," Gledhill says. "I still believe that during our busy lives it is important to take the time and effort to prepare a meal and set a table for those we care about. To sit down, break bread, and reconnect. Every meal can—and should—be a special occasion. However, when looking for table linens for myself with a contemporary aesthetic and some character, there didn’t seem to be anything available." Spotting a gap in the market, Gledhill created his contemporary design-driven table linens with a collection of, as he notes, "functional pieces of art, digitally printed on beautiful Italian linen. We treat the whole cloth as a canvas."
The tablecloths are available in a selection of shapes (round, oval, square, and rectangular), depending upon the design, and come with accompanying napkins, runners, and placemats. For more, visit Huddleson.
Above: Round Moreton Tablecloth with monochromatic painted brush-strokes that transition from black to gray on white linen. Also available as a placemat and napkin; $195 for a 68-inch round tablecloth and $315 for a 90-inch version.
Above: Gledhill gets his inspiration for the designs from art, nature, architecture, and travel. The Anfa Blue was "inspired by Moroccan tile with a simple subtly irregular design across the body and a border that gives the impression of interlocking chain." The Anfa Blue is available in three sizes, beginning at $345 for a 66-by-105-inch rectangle.
Above: For his Blossom Tablecloth, Gledhill was inspired by the look of scattered flowers and recreated the look by "printing painted cherry blossom flowers and petals across the linens, as though they had blown across the table"; $295 to $450 for a rectangular tablecloth depending on size.
Above: The round Piccadilly was inspired by Damien Hirst's spot paintings, with the dots creating a subtle flower motif; the cloths are available in three sizes, priced from $195 to $450.
Above: The Grania Silver white linen tablecloth with gently tumbling feathers in a palette of pale gray and taupe is available in three sizes; prices range from $195 to $450.
Want to make your own tablecloths? See our post on 5 Favorites: Dip Dyed Canvas Tablecloths.