About us

Altfield is recognised as a leading resource for beautiful Textiles, Wallcoverings & Leather, distributing a number of high end lines from around the world, together with a collection of smaller boutique and artisanal lines. In addition, Altfield also produce their own collections of Wallcovering, Fabric & Faux Leather, which blend perfectly with the brands they represent. Their lines embody the richness of design and material which have become synonymous with the Altfield brand, and offer the perfect balance between beauty and performance.

Originally known for their Antique Chinese furniture and objet d'art, Altfield introduced their first line of Grasscloth wallcovering in 1993. Since then, with the development of their own collections and the introduction of additional lines, Altfield has adapted to the growing demand for the highest quality product and craftsmanship and has become the premier design house for weaves, texture and innovative wallcoverings.

With clients based in high end residential and commercial interiors, Altfield curate collections that provide furnishing products for the forefront of interior design and can be found in as diverse environments as superyachts, top restaurants and 5* hotels, high street and boutique shops and of course luxurious homes.

Altfield represent a total of 14 brands, all showcased in their Design Centre Chelsea Harbour showroom. The Altfield Brands include: Alcantara, Brentano, Brochier, Elizabeth Dow, Glant, James Malone, Kohro, Maya Romanoff, Moore & Giles, Odaka, Pollack, Thesign, Weitzner & Westbury Textiles.

  

Our History

ALTFIELD LONDON

We are a family run company that has been designing, making and distributing fine furnishings and decorative accessories since 1982. Initially established under the name De Leche Et Cie by Amanda and Jeremy & Nette Lack, Amanda’s brother and sister in law , we specialised in needle point cushions, distributing out of a small warehouse space in Westbury in Wiltshire.

Following the success of the needle point cushions, in particular the signature ‘redoute’ flower collection, over the next few years, we expanded into porcelain, lighting, Japanese Screens, Chinoiserie wallpaper panels, hand carved water gilded mirrors and then Antique Chinese Furniture, where we have become a leading dealer, specialising in 18th & 19th Century Ming style furniture from China’s regions.

We have an unrivaled network of contacts in China as one would expect after nearly 30 years of business in the field. All our furniture is refinished and restored by our European trained craftsmen. Our range of lighting, artwork and decorative accessories are handmade from the finest materials.

William Lack, Amanda’s brother, officially joined the company in 1992, Growing up in Hong Kong left William with a huge love of Chinese and China Trade decorative arts and the possibilities of combining them with the modern design aesthetic. William had previously worked for bank in London. He had been sent by the bank on 3 week Outward Bound training course in January when in the middle of a blizzard on a fell in the Lake District came the life changing decision to change careers.

The next couple of years saw us exhibiting almost continuously at the major UK trade shows including the now defunct Living Design London in the March of 1993, which allowed us to meet and get to know Ian Thompson the organiser of Decorex and after his and his committee’s careful vetting allowed us to show at the 1993 Decorex for the first time! Where we have been a regular fixture ever since. 

At all these shows we encountered almost constantly the question where are you based and do you have a showroom in London. At this stage Chelsea Harbour was just developing and after a year of contemplation and seeing the Centre develop and reach a critical mass a small showroom space at the Design Centre became available and we decided to take the opportunity it presented to us.

The opening of our first showroom on the ground floor of the Design Centre in 1995 coincided with our move into the distribution of overseas fabric and wallcovering lines into the UK market. Our very first fabric line was Scalamandre who loved our stand at a previous Decorex so much they asked if we would be interested in representing them.

Alan and William Lack, Maison & Objet 1995

In addition to our developing existing grasscloth & metal leaf collection (6 colours of which are still current today!) we soon started distributing the handprinted wallpapers of van Schelle and Gurland.

The next year in 1996 we opened a second showroom in a larger space on the Second floor soon after the installation of the stairs in the middle dome, and we added a number of new lines the wallcovering brands; including Maya Romanoff, and Blumenthal all of which worked beautifully with our furniture and accessories to create the familiar Altfield look, making the second floor Altfield showroom unique in Chelsea Harbour a modern day Asian emporium for beautiful furniture , artwork and decorative accessories.

Since then we have continued to develop and adapt to changes in the tastes and styles in the interior design world but always remaining true to the commitment to offer the very best available in all that we do.

Now recognised as a leading resource for beautiful Textiles, Wallcoverings and Leather, we distribute a number of the world’s best high end lines. In addition we also produce our own collections of Wallcovering, Fabric and Faux leathers which compliment perfectly the brands we represent. Our products and brands are the perfect blend for high end residential and commercial interiors.

No matter what the product, we pride ourselves on both the quality of our products and the level of service we offer to both the trade and retail clients.

 

ALTFIELD HONG KONG

ALTFIELD Gallery was established in 1980 by Amanda Clark, an English designer from an old China Coast family, and David Halperin, a Harvard educated American lawyer.

Sharing an interest in early Chinese furniture and Asian decorative arts, they established Altfield as one of the first antique galleries to specialize in 18th and early 19th century Chinese furniture. Recognizing the importance of careful restoration, they brought out English furniture restorers to Macau (the site or their original workshop, now moved to China) to train their carpenters in the fine art of furniture restoration.

Over time, new areas of specialization were added to the Gallery, and in addition to Chinese furniture, Altfield is now a major dealer in Southeast Asian sculpture, Asian maps and topographical prints, Burmese and Cambodian silver, Indian jewellery and Asian decorative arts.

ALTFIELD Interiors was established more than 25 years ago, when we were asked by Jim Thompson to represent their home furnishing fabrics in Hong Kong. At that time we had a small showroom which presented Jim Thompson's export collections to both retail and interior design clients. With our success in representing Jim Thompson, we were soon asked to represent other leading international home furnishing lines, and we expanded both our showroom and our sales staff to deal with the increasing number of lines we now represent.

We are generally considered to be Hong Kong's leading distributor of distinctive, high-end fabric, wallcovering and hardware lines.  Today, Altfield Interiors has the largest interior design showroom in Hong Kong, displaying more than 20 of the world's leading home furnishing lines. In addition to fabrics, Altfield has also taken on representation of a number of distinctive leather, wallcovering, furniture, hardware, trimming and lighting lines.

In addition, we design and manufacture our own range of custom lighting, furniture, decorative screens, mirrors and framed art.  As well as Hong Kong we have showrooms in Beijing, Macau, Shanghai and Singapore.