Member News: The Monkey Puzzle Tree wins ‘Best in British Product Design’

Monkey Puzzle Tree Brit List winner

Interiors brand, The Monkey Puzzle Tree, wins Brit List Award for Innovative Fabric Collaboration

In recognition of their work creating innovative fabrics and wallcoverings, The Monkey Puzzle Tree has been awarded ‘Best in British Product Design’ at the Brit List Awards 2021 for their fantastical ‘Metamorphosis’ fabric collaboration with artist Kirsty Greenwood.

The Brit List Awards are regarded and respected globally as the hotel industry’s most widespread campaign to identify the leading interior designers, architects, hoteliers and brands

It’s quite amazing as a tiny business to win this award.

We never set out to follow a trend or design for other people and often we are wilfully different! Everything we do is completely authentic and made locally. So it’s lovely to be recognised, and something we never expected, and I hope this means we can increase our support for our artists and local mills in future.

Charlotte Raffo, founder of The Monkey Puzzle Tree
Monkey Puzzle Tree Brit List winner
Charlotte Raffo, founder pictured in the centre

When Charlotte founded the brand in 2017, her mission was to combine her background in textile manufacturing with her love of the unique design scene in and around her home town of Leeds. Working with a handpicked group of artists, Charlotte creates highly distinctive fabrics and wallcoverings that are designed and manufactured within 100 miles of her Leeds HQ. 

The starting point for each and every one of these unique and often subversive designs is an original piece of art. The Monkey Puzzle Tree has gained a cult following amongst interior designers and homeowners who enjoy both the function and aesthetics of these highly individual fabrics and wallpapers. 

Monkey Puzzle Tree Brit List winner

When it came to commissioning the design for ‘Metamorphosis’, the brand turned to local Yorkshire artist Kirsty Greenwood who is inspired by myths, legends and gothic fairy tales. Suitable for curtains and blinds as well as for upholstery and cushions, Metamorphosis is a highly versatile fabric. You can purchase the linen as samples or by the meter here.

Find out more about The Monkey Puzzle Tree here.

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