Tottenham Court Road and the feeling of’having made it’ when the design was produced with her name along the selvedge. It was called Flowerfall and went on to be a best-seller for Heals. Gillian was brought up in Manchester in the ’60s. Her first job was with Osman Textiles, part of theTootle Group, where she stayed for three years before her independent nature took her to London in order to widen her horizons. She did this by designing wallcoverings for a leading Kitchens in minecraft distributor, selling not only to the UK but also to a number of export markets. It was whilst in this job that her 20 year relationship with Crown began: Crown manufactured many of my designs and I made regular trips back up North, she explains, “on one of these visits they asked if I would run a small studio for them in London ” and the rest is history. Today she heads one of the largest design studios in the industry ” something she is very proud of, but, she is not Corporate fads and figures Imperial Home Decor Group (UK) Limited Brands: Behind every product there’s a fascinating story This issue Gillian Harding chats to us about her role as Design Director of Crown Wallcoverings and Home Furnishings. designer profile Corporate facts and figures Exports: 62 countries worldwide are now looking to for a lead, Gillian probably wouldn’t see it like this, but for many young designers starting off in the market place, her stamp of approval will be just as likely to have the same effect as Evelyn Redgrave’s did on her several years ago.