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New Collection: Devoir

Some of the best examples in the history of art, design, and architecture have exceptional balance in their compositions. This creates a sense of harmony within the design that gives a viewer insight into the meaning and emotions behind it. Balance is what keeps the viewer interested and engaged; their eyes moving across a pattern or design and taking it all in.

It is rare to see an entire room made up of only bright colors, or large patterns. Conversely, we also hardly ever see an entire scheme with just dull or dark pieces making an appearance. Creating a blend of dark and light, bold and discreet, can really change the way a room makes you feel.

This is where the brand new upholstery collection Devoir is a favorable friend. Filled with an abundance of neutral and naturally blended colors, Devoir easily compliments its surrounding features. Along with a plethora of basics, included are also a selection of colors that, although deep and rich, are displayed in tones that are classic enough to integrate easily with any other design or color way.devoir-post-image

Three patterns are presented in this collection that spans 36 colors. Pidgin is a classic burlap-like weave that flaunts an all-over striae effect in either contrasting or homogenous colors. Bevy shows off a more structured and basket-like weave and gives the feeling of an all-over ditzy checkered pattern. The last pattern, Convoy, is similar to Pidgin in that it is created with a simple weave having a slight two-toned feel with a mottled effect. Convoy also gives off a wool-like feeling with its slightly fuzzy hand which lends to an ‘old-world’ feeling.

In addition to their noteworthy visual characteristics, the entirety of the Devoir collection reaches or exceeds 100,000 double rubs for over the top, heavy duty usage. Once you see the fabrics within Devoir, they will quickly become a treasured staple inside your design library that you reach for over and over again.

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Style is a simple way of saying complicated things

French writer, designer, playwright, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau once said, “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things”. This is a man whose cohorts were people like Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, Edith Piaf, and other notable artists from 30s and 40s Europe – a time when things were very complicated!

While the phrase may have meant one thing to Jean and his friends back then, it also absolutely carries a message across generations of designers, artists, actors, and other creative types. Style is something that is neither in nor out of trend. It speaks to the past, present, and future with its chain reactions, infinite possibilities, and monumental achievements.

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Painters and illustrators manipulate shapes and images to create a story or meaning. With so many different types of artwork being produced over time, Style is a function used to create groups and subsequently put these pieces into related categories. This is one way that we try to further reduce the complication of things we attempt to say, while also endeavoring to understand them.

In graphic design, Style refers to a consistent visual appearance of a family of fonts. This helps the graphic artist to convey feeling and emotion, or lack thereof, through something even as small as lettering. This is similar to the illuminated manuscripts of the 12th -14th centuries where monks would tediously and brilliantly decorate texts and books with gold, silver, and beautifully colored illustrations. This truly shows how Style spans the ages.

Additionally, fashion is a huge advocate of Style as the clothing or jewelry one wears can tell so many stories. A person’s style can non-verbally communicate where they are from, what type of music they listen to, or what their religion is. We are all victims of stereotypes from time to time- its human nature! But is a stereotype all that bad when it successfully conveys what the wearer is trying to say? Perhaps it means that we are getting better at deciphering our human family’s complicated code!

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The world of interior design is one where inspiration is culled from all of these artistic sectors, and then some! A room could incorporate elements from fashion in its drapery or bedding. The colors and art that adorn the walls, carpets, and furniture in a room all work together, each with their own little messages, to say something very important…but not complicated.

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Unexpected Trends: Tartan and Plaid

The first in a continuing series of posts, Unexpected Trends will showcase and explore the meaning, history, and implementation of different types of ‘trends’ that are currently circulating in the revolving door of today’s fashion and design world.

In this first installment, we are featuring classic Tartans and Plaids. These types of patterns have been around for centuries and have connections to Scotland and the British Isles. Mostly these boxy or crisscross patterns were dedicated to and known for the various families that were found in the particular regions of these areas.

Nowadays, plaid patterns bring to mind images of hunters, loggers, and other ‘outdoorsy’-type fashions and lifestyles. Depending on the look you’re going for, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. TartanBut we’re not here to talk about how plaids are ordinarily used, we’re here to talk about how unexpected it is that they are now being used as an influence for high-end interior design as well as top end and couture fashions.

Though plaids and tartans are mainly showcased in the Fall/Winter collections of most fashion and textile houses, they are actually a quite versatile and harmonizing pattern! Depending on the type of plaid, there are many different colors that can be used and incorporated into these patterns. Plaids can be configured to be dark and moody, barely even recognizing the differences in color between the intersecting stripes. Conversely, bright bold stripes of color slashed between a lighter or darker background create a unique style of plaid. Using lighter, less dusky colors and playing with the scale also helps to bring a more feminine and soft aspect to a typically masculine pattern.

Mixing and matching is a huge trend in interiors and fashion at the moment and plaids are a great way to incorporate more pattern into a design without being too overwhelming. Don’t feel pigeonholed into using one type of plaid either. There are so many styles; from the classic Tartan and Indian Madras to mini-checks and Tattersall; plaid is, and has been, here to stay.