Fabric need to know: A taste of the newest and best in fabric design

On table, Designers Guild Brera Lino in Alabaster, left, Designers Guild Cellini in Zinc, right, both from Icon ...
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On table, Designers Guild Brera Lino in Alabaster, left, Designers Guild Cellini in Zinc, right, both from Icon Textiles, icontextiles.co.nz; on stool, European Collection Budapest in Petrol from Harvey Furnishings, harveyfurnishings.co.nz; on wall, Rubelli Venezia Giardino Incantato in Cina from Atelier Textiles, atelier.co.nz; House Doctor jug $37 from Allium Interiors; allium.co.nz; stool stylist’s own.

 

Two must-see events on the European design calendar took place one after the other earlier this year, and trend spotters in the textile trade headed to the chilly streets of the City of Love. 

Maison et Objet and Paris Deco Off are the premium showcases of evolving consumer trends in decor and fabrics. We spoke to the Kiwi contingent to find out what we can look forward to in the material world.

Mulberry Hounds in Multi as tablecloth, from top Candice Olson for Kravet in 30091.6, Bunny Williams for Lee Jofa ...
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Mulberry Hounds in Multi as tablecloth, from top Candice Olson for Kravet in 30091.6, Bunny Williams for Lee Jofa Julianne in Green, Suzanne Kasler for Lee Jofa Crillon in Leaf (on plate) and Thom Filicia for Kravet in Forman Tropic (under plate), all from Warwick, warwick.co.nz; Madame Stoltz plate $28 from Style X Lab, stylexlab.co.nz; gold cutlery $368 from Leopold Hall, leopoldhall.co.nz; glass stylist’s own.

YUMMY COLOUR

Matcha lattes and kale creations are on the menu at fashion-conscious cafes, and green schemes are cool for decor too. "With Greenery named the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017, we are seeing lots of it in interiors and design worldwide," says Catie Wilkinson from James Dunlop. 

Dayle Bygrave of Seneca Textiles agrees: "Green is the new black." Green linen criss-crossed with viscose in the Solo Collection by Elitis is hard-wearing with a raw, natural look. 

Ardecora Federico in 966 on wall and Zimmer + Rohde Sunset in 654 on chair both from Unique Fabrics, uniquefabrics.com; ...
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Ardecora Federico in 966 on wall and Zimmer + Rohde Sunset in 654 on chair both from Unique Fabrics, uniquefabrics.com; velvet cushion covers $40 each (feather inners $35 each) from Harvey Furnishings, harveyfurnishings.co.nz; Vienna chair $242 through CC Interiors, ccinteriors.co.nz; table as before.

Carol Fry from Unique Fabrics enjoys the eye-catching iridescence of peacock green. One of her favourites is the jewel-green richness of Avantgarde velvet by Carlucci. 

Blue and green are often seen in tandem, as evident in the Majolica collection by Designers Guild, which takes its cues from the covetable glazed pottery of the same name. 

Another hue du jour is mustard yellow. In the Elitis Lucia Claro collection from Seneca is a mustard fabric is interwoven with a fine thread of silver for extra glamour. From Zoffany, via Textilia, Leighton in Tigers Eye is a plush mustard velvet with delicate embroidery in the pile to give a soft geometric look.

Rubelli Venezia Pardes in Primavera on wall and Rubelli Venezia Mirafiore in Rosso on left of table both from Atelier ...
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Rubelli Venezia Pardes in Primavera on wall and Rubelli Venezia Mirafiore in Rosso on left of table both from Atelier Textiles, atelier.co.nz; Black Edition Herbaria velvet in Cinnabar on right of table from Seneca Textiles, seneca.co.nz; candelabra $219 from Leopold Hall, leopoldhall.co.nz.

Mustard was popular in the art deco era, says Rebecca Fitzpatrick of Atelier. It's also a go-to colour for both a mid-century and 70s feeling.  

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PUNCHY PATTERN

Larger-than-life florals are everywhere and mainly presented with loose, organic styling. Flourish Petrol in the Floranova collection from Warwick  is overrun with blowsy deep-pink blooms on a dramatic dark background. By contrast, Palissy Grande Camellia by Designers Guild in the Majolica range is smothered with an explosion of camellias. 

Sanderson’s Waterperry Wisteria Falls in Mineral as wallpaper and fabric on wall and Waterperry Holton Brook in Mineral ...
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Sanderson’s Waterperry Wisteria Falls in Mineral as wallpaper and fabric on wall and Waterperry Holton Brook in Mineral on centre of table, all from Textilia, textilia.co.nz; European Collection Berlin in White on right of table from Harvey Furnishings, harveyfurnishings.co.nz; whitewashed pine dining table $2749 from Leopold Hall, leopoldhall.co.nz; cakestand $43 (in store late April) from Father Rabbit, fatherrabbit.com.

Looser styling comes to geometrics too. Stripes aren't precise in the conventional sense, but unstructured. The Outcross outdoor fabric by Dominique Kieffer from Atelier is a modern alternative for deck chairs with arty attitude. 

Tropical is still topical and the simple introduction of banana palm leaf cushion covers, from Harvey Furnishings, can do the trick indoors. For a Club Tropicana vibe, Utopia from Unique Fabrics can also be used on outdoor furnishings. Paradiso by Mokum, from James Dunlop, is tropical with a twist. Designed by Academy Award winning costume designer Catherine Martin, it includes a funky Helios pattern. 

Venture through a jungle with Rain Forest by Osborne & Little. Designed by Kit Miles and available from Seneca, these fabrics feature luminous birds and big blooms. 

Manuel Canovas Mona in Corail as tablecloth from Atelier Textiles, atelier.co.nz; folded from left Sanderson Magnolia ...
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Manuel Canovas Mona in Corail as tablecloth from Atelier Textiles, atelier.co.nz; folded from left Sanderson Magnolia Blossom in Coral/Silver from Textilia, textilia.co.nz, Lee Jofa in Rip Roaring Daiquiri from Warwick, warwick.co.nz and Sanderson Delphiniums in Coral from Textilia; cutlery $413 for 16-piece set through May Time, maytime.co.nz.

Add an eastern influence by upholstering a chair in Colefax and Fowler print Perseus inspired by a 16th century Persian carpet. From Atelier.

Folk songs played in the operatic style – yes, really – is a new musical movement so it's no surprise to see folksy prints coming through. With a sophisticated woodcut look, the Maharaja collection from Warwick is a good example. Folk patterns, too, inform Mokum's Nomad collection from James Dunlop. 

IN THE FINISHES

Pierre Frey Cuilko wallpaper in Jade, Cuilko fabric in Amazone on wall and Manuel Canovas Ibiza in Fuchsia on left of ...
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Pierre Frey Cuilko wallpaper in Jade, Cuilko fabric in Amazone on wall and Manuel Canovas Ibiza in Fuchsia on left of table from Atelier, atelier.co.nz; Macaw in Mojito on centre of table from Warwick, warwick.co.nz; European Collection Budapest in Grass on right of table from Harvey Furnishings, harveyfurnishings.co.nz; Wooden Horse vase $119 from Smith & Caughey’s, smithandcaugheys.co.nz.

Embellishments were in abundance at Paris Deco Off. Accessorise plain fabrics, cushions or curtains with lavish embroidered Savoy Braids from Osborne & Little or an edging of Elitis Stucco fringing from Seneca.

Simple artistry can be seen in Keiro by Samuel & Sons, a collection of borders inspired by Japanese obi (the sash around a kimono). Or take your imagination out to play with cords and tapes that can withstand the weather – Regatta, also by Samuel & Sons, is a collection of borders and decorative performance trims. Both available via Atelier.

Channel the animal with Neox snakeskin tie-backs by Houles, from Unique Fabrics.  

Sabania in Lavish as tablecloth from James Dunlop, jamesdunlop.co.nz; at back European Collection Budapest in Lavender ...
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Sabania in Lavish as tablecloth from James Dunlop, jamesdunlop.co.nz; at back European Collection Budapest in Lavender from Harvey Furnishings, harveyfurnishings.co.nz; Andrew Martin Pelham in Lilac (on plate) from Unique Fabrics, uniquefabrics.com; plate $30 through CC Interiors, ccinteriors.co.nz; Wooden Horse cutlery $165 for a 16-piece set from Urban Home, urbanhome.co.nz; ribbon stylist’s own.

TEXTURE TALKS

Bouclé has come out of the closet and into our living rooms. At Warwick, Kelly Wearstler's Tessellate for Kravet has a soft texture that people are going, well, loopy about. Terazzo Opal from Textilia is a chunky upholstery nap featuring multicoloured bouclé yarns.

Velvets with high or low piles and finishes from antiqued to shiny are still the last word in tactile style. Luxe velvets by Carlucci named Italian Touch come in saturated hues: we love the lustrous jewel green shade which, on an ornate armchair, would make a statement evocative of 18th century palaces. 

Chenille velvet ranges from the classic smooth finish to relaxed aged looks. Landseer by Zoffany is a drapery fabric with a damask design based on the lions of Trafalgar Square on a shot-silk cloth. From Textilia.

The cut-velvet patterns in Murrine by Designers Guild are a touchable treat. For instance, Zanfirico in Pear is a design that echoes the Italian glass-blowing technique of filigree. From Icon Textiles.

Clear sheers are so last year: semi-sheers with texture are all the go. Whether they have a fleck, a subtle crinkle effect or a faux-linen look, such as the Tussah collection from Warwick or the Caracas range from Charles Parsons, go for a weighted hem to ensure they drape beautifully.

Texture need no longer be formed by the warp and weft. Hashtag by Dominique Kieffer has an apt techno-savvy name, and its complicated construction of embroidered squares adds dimension and, says Rebecca Fitzpatrick from Atelier, a "wee bit of madness". 

 - NZ House & Garden

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