Merino Magic: 20 questions with designer Tori Murphy

Tori Murphy graduated with an MA in textiles from the RCA and headed straight for Milan where she honed her skills working for a textile house on clients including Christian Dior, DKNY and Fendi. Now she’s back in the UK, with her own label and a collection of 100% Merino lambs wool cushions and throws, which shows her creativity combined with great British design. We wanted to know more about the lady behind the label, so we subjected her to a very swift ACHICA Living 20 Questions…

1. Interiors – dark and moody or light and airy?

Dark and Moody

Tori Murphy designs above

2. Cats or dogs?


3. The Beatles or The Stones?

The Beatles

4. Asterix or Tintin?


5. Helvetica or Arial?


6. Star sign:


7. Six fantasy dinner party guests?

Wallis Simpson, Francis Bacon, Prince, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Beuys, Roddy Doyle

8. What was the last thing you bought?

A sausage roll

9. Introvert or extrovert?


10. Sweet or savoury?


11. When was the last time you cried?

This morning

12. Tea or coffee?


13. Dress up or dress down?

Dress up

14. Library or nightclub?


15. Which song do you play when you need cheering up?

If you like Pina Coladas, Jimmy Buffett.

16. Favourite book?

Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

17. Top interior design tip?

Don’t be afraid to use dark colours in small rooms

18. When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A wedding dress designer.

19. What are you afraid of?


20. And your favourite colour?

Warm Grey

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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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