TEXTILES IN DESIGN
One can easily create inspiring design through the use of beautiful textiles that engage the senses. I have compiled an exquisite collection of luxurious wall coverings and fabrics from some of my favorite brands.
F. SCHUMACHER & Co.
Since 1889, F. Schumacher & Co. has brought its commitment to superb quality and superior design to interiors where only the finest products will suffice, including the White House, the Chambers of the United States Supreme Court and countless distinguished residences. A fifth generation, family-owned company, F. Schumacher & Co. is proud to be the only supplier of decorative textiles from the 19th century still privately owned and managed by direct descendants of the founder.
An extensive selection of exquisite fabrics enables a designer to create luxurious and comfortable spaces. Since 1889, Schumacher fabrics have brought luxury and elegance to homes and other interiors where only the finest quality will suffice. These collections feature numerous classic styles and designs, including fine silks, beautiful printed fabrics and European-influenced wovens, as well as an assortment of innovative modern designs.
Designer Collaborations: Mary McDonald | Prints & Wovens
Mary McDonald, one of today’s most sought after and celebrated designers, has created a collection exclusively for Schumacher. Blending her love of Chinoiserie, color and bold patterns Mary reinterprets traditional textile designs in a clean and graphic style. Enhanced through dramatic scale this collection brings a strong sense of glamour and sophistication to any space. Exquisite cut velvets, matelassé and delicately detailed linen prints are embellished with embroidered tapes and appliques creating a sumptuous and elegant mix. Color adds both softness and intensity in clear shades of orange, jade green, aquamarine and blush pink or rich hues of bittersweet brown, ruby red and jet black.
Kravet Inc., established in 1918, is the industry leader in the to the trade home furnishings industry. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks and GP & J Baker, all high end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design. In 2011, Kravet Inc. acquired Brunschwig & Fils, a prestigious decorative house founded in 1900 that shares Kravet and Lee Jofa’s legacy of international design, commitment to quality, attention to detail and superb craftsmanship. With locations in North America and worldwide, Kravet Inc. offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and web technology for today’s design professional.
Kravet Couture Nomad Chic
The nomadic culture of the Far East has inspired the latest collection of fabrics from Kravet Couture. Called Nomad Chic, the collection references the heavy horse blankets, saddle bags and flatweave carpets that accompany these travelers on their journeys. Turkey in particular was a major source of inspiration for the collection. Carpet shops selling kilims, saddle bags used to transport goods far distances through the desert, and floor cushions used for social gatherings all influenced texture and pattern for Nomad Chic.
Heavy duty wovens feature antiqued, hand vegetable dyed coloring and luxe accents such as leather woven through the fabric. The slightly dry, faded look of the individual fabrics suggests authenticity and comfort, and would be at home in a ski lodge, a Southwestern ranch, and everywhere in between. Ethnic patterns, luxurious details and authentic coloring allow these unique and durable upholstery fabrics to incorporate seamlessly.
Jonathan Adler for Kravet
Renowned designer and tastemaker Jonathan Adler is bringing style, craft and joy to an exclusive collection of fabrics for Kravet now available in showrooms across the country. The collection reflects Adler’s colorful approach to design with linen and velvet featuring bright colors, modernist forms, bold graphic patterns and embroidery. Geometric, abstract and contemporary linear patterns, in a range of both vivid colors and neutrals, embody the essence of optimism, which is the core of Adler’s philosophy.
Adler started his career as a potter and launched his first ceramic collection in 1993. While remaining committed to ceramic design, Jonathan Adler has now grown far beyond the potter’s wheel to become an internationally recognized design and lifestyle brand.
Energetic, upbeat and a tad trippy, Adler’s latest venture adds the perfect pop to any modern design. The collection can be found in Kravet showrooms across the nation. Jonathan Adler stores nationwide will also carry a select assortment of furniture in an edited range of the fabrics. For more information visit www.kravet.com.
Candice Olson for Kravet
Barclay Butera for Kravet
Thom Filicia for Kravet
Wallpaper & Fabrics Since 1886: Established in 1886 Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) is the nation’s oldest continuously operating wallpaper firm. Known for a fresh, inspiring color palette with classic style, Thibaut offers unsurpassed quality and design in styles ranging from historic reproductions, toile, and chinoiserie to tropical and novelty patterns. With an insightful knowledge of trends and what homeowners want, Thibaut consistently delivers uniquely designed collections, supported by excellent service. Thibaut prides itself on designing distinctive patterns and supports this creation by maintaining an exclusive distribution system. Their products are sold only through select retail stores and interior designers. Thibaut holds a vast array of wallpaper and fabric patterns in its design repertoire. Each collection contains a distinct group of designs by themes such as traditional, nautical, stripes or toile.
A few of my favorite patterns from the Menswear Resource Collection include Winslow Plaid, Patani & Sakara:
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