Design Guild Mark Holder

The Brutalist Collection

Name of Designer:

Claire Canning & Lindsey Hesketh
DGM Number


Date of Award


Manufacturers’ Name

Granite + Smoke


The Brutalist Collection of blankets and cushions, inspired by London’s bold and graphic brutalist architecture and modernist colours, are made with premium and sustainable materials from ethically sourced cashmere to recycled wool, hand finished by British specialists to the highest standards. Woven in Scotland and England on Jacquard looms in short runs; each creation tells an uplifting story influenced by our backgrounds in art, architecture and fashion, in carefully considered and unapologetically optimistic colour combinations. Our Scottish lambswool/cashmere blankets are woven using contrasting yarn weights and thickness to create a soft, yet graphic irregularity. A specialist double sided weave technique was used adding depth and gives the fabric a three dimensional quality, as though it was hand quilted. Our recycled wool is made with 100% recycled post-consumer textile waste from the fashion industry. Our ethically sourced lambswool/cashmere uses non-toxic dyes, is 100% natural and renewable and is certified to meet the highest standards of animal welfare, environmental care, and social sustainability. 


Granite + Smoke is Lindsey Hesketh and Claire Canning;  life-long friends and design professionals. The studio founded in 2019, draws from their multi-disciplinary backgrounds, Lindsey is an architect who runs an award winning RIBA practice in Aberdeen, and Claire in London, has a Masters in Textiles from the Royal College of Art and works in interiors and fashion textiles, previously for Paul Smith & Alexander McQueen.  


Together they create contemporary enduring homewares that are part of history and future inspired. The aim is to create joyful products, which are consciously crafted with minimal impact to the environment. Granite & Smoke works with partners committed to supporting local supply chains and prioritising communities and worker well-being. In addition, waste is limited by weaving short runs and collecting all excess weaving salvage to transform into other products.