Chenille fabrics have long been sought-after for their extremely soft feel and iridescent coloring. Getting its name from the French word for caterpillar, chenille fabrics are comfortable, warm, and have a luxurious quality about them due their velvet-like nature. Cordia, a new upholstery textile collection, exemplifies all of these features and more.
Like the flowering plant of the same name, Cordia contains a vivid spectrum of both energetically bright and natural colors. Cordia flowers even have fuzzy leaves similar to the chenille yarns in this collection. Each of the four patterns in Cordia blends and integrates together as easily as they are able to stand on their own, which gives designs a new sense of versatility.
Similar to velvets, Cordia’s patterns reflect and refract light in the most delightful ways. A dark grey can appear silver one moment or black the next, depending on the angle you view it in. Some of the tone on tone colors even look solid from afar but sport a surprising textured pattern once you get closer to it. Cordia is perfect for adding depth and richness to a room.
This exquisite collection captures the functionality and durability of upholstery textiles which absolutely gives it a boost over conventional velvets. Cordia is a much more accessible type of textile that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Use Cordia to create a lush setting, filled with soft fabrics, high-style, and grandeur. Or, integrate Cordia patterns into a more laid-back atmosphere by building a comforting space around the soft chenille patterns, adding in chunky woven designs, and other knitted textiles. Take a look through the Cordia collection and let the design possibilities blossom as you discover its expertly woven patterns and vibrant colors in the most durable chenille yarns.
If you haven’t heard, the newest healthy environmental breakthrough in bedding and linens is fiber from Eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees come from forests as opposed to cotton that comes from farms which require certain levels of pesticides as opposed to a natural forest which requires nothing but sunlight and rain to survive.
Eucalyptus trees are known for their quick growth and properly trained foresters who cut Eucalyptus trees above the root bulb allow the trees to grow back to size within just 5 – 8 years.One hundred percent non-toxic solvents are used when converting Eucalyptus pulp to fiber and 99.6% of this solvent is recovered and re-used creating a truly sustainable model of production. This is an astounding reality and is unique to Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell brand eucalyptus! The blending of cotton, which is the most desirable fiber for luxury bedding applications, with eucalyptus fiber is an innovative choice that has had astounding results.
Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell actually absorbs moisture and releases it away from the body, creating a dry and cool sleeping atmosphere. This moisture reduction reduces bacteria without any additional chemicals or additives, since bacteria are normally created by moisture trapped in polyester or cotton fabrics during sleep. In turn, this also lends itself to fewer allergens.
Another wonderful aspect of LIVING FRESH® is the soft hand. Unlike other natural fibers, LIVING FRESH® with Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell does not require the use of fabric softeners to maintain its softness. This is a win for the bottom line of the hotel laundry bill, as well as not having any extra chemicals from softeners filter into our water systems. In addition, the LIVING FRESH® products’ unique combination of Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell eucalyptus and cotton, require less pressing during maintenance than more traditional natural fibers, such as 100% cotton or any combinations involving hemp or bamboo!
All of these qualities combine to provide not just a step towards sustainability for the environment, but sustainability for human health and well-being as well.
When designing, there often seems to be more involved than when you first start or plan out the project. Your original intention may be swayed due to a complication that you didn’t see coming. Any preconceived notions that existed about the end goal could be literally tossed away, all because you discovered something! Whether from a mistake, intuition, or just pure impulse, some of the best designs and products in history have been brought about because of these things. Design truly is a journey of discovery, and it’s a different journey every time.
One of the most memorable discoveries was when a 3M researcher was attempting to create a stronger adhesive, when in fact he ended up creating a weaker one that is perfect for temporary notes, which we now know as Post-it notes! The design certainly didn’t come out as planned, but through that discovery the end product – although it turned out different – still turned out to be a success!
An important thing to remember about your journey is to take its lessons to heart. The only way to discovery is if you do not repeat the same mistakes as earlier in your journey. Knowing what does and does not work, and when to start over, is a very important trait to have as a designer. Taking different paths on your journey is what will help shape not only your designs, but yourself as a designer.
If you find yourself at a fork in the path of creativity or even an enormous hurdle, have faith in knowing that discovery is all around you. Observe your surroundings and gain knowledge from a new culture. Share your ideas with a trusted source and get feedback that you can really immerse yourself in and use on your journey. Finally, make sure to respect your journey and the path you are on in design. Not everything will be as easy as it should be, but knowing this will make sure you don’t miss the discoveries that right around every corner.
Making a statement is a major factor in our industry and there are many ways to go about it. Interior designers and manufacturers are constantly being inundated with information about trends, new products and new processes every day. Choosing the best option for your project or design is an entirely separate process in and of itself, but one style that is very easy to work with and has been around for some time now is Color Blocking.
If you were to define color blocking, a simple explanation would be using two or more solid colors, which can be from the same palette or not, in one design…that is pretty much it! The only other rule to remember, but not necessarily live by, is that color blocking does not employ the use of patterns very often, if at all. A pattern incorporated into a color blocked design would pull away from the overall effect of showing off the large expanses of expertly coordinated colors. If you need help establishing your color story or palette, take a look at our post with tips on creating one.
While a lot of color blocked designs typically embody bright and often primary hues, that doesn’t mean it is the only way to integrate this style into your design. The key to color blocking is contrast. It is okay to have different shades of the same color next to each other, as long as they are distinct enough to not give the illusion of it being all one color or a gradient.
Wondering about ways you can use color blocking without it overwhelming your entire design? As mentioned before, don’t be afraid to mix up the colors you are using. They can be all bright primaries or soft and muted. Sometimes these colors even look great together, like a bright cheery yellow mixed with soothing tonal grays. You can also pick a specific place in the room to show off some color blocking. Make a sitting area with color blocked fabrics and furniture and pillows, a tabletop with colorful plates and utensils, or try arranging books and magazines based on the colors of their covers or spines. If color blocking still sounds a little too over the top, try painting just one wall in a room with a bright accent color and see how everything else in the area instantly pops! Color is literally everywhere and it is up to you to decide how to use it in the best way to make your statement.