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New Collection: Jasmine

Experience the beauty and mystique of Arabian nights with the latest installment of the International Specifier upholstery collection, Jasmine. Showcasing chunky, broad yarns that weave a mix colors into magical tones, the four patterns within Jasmine create a statement whether being used in a palace or public space.



The soft and delicate boucle yarns used in the Fortune Teller, Sorcerer, Hypnotist, and Aladdin Texture patterns is reminiscent of the undulating Arabian sand dunes: soft and seemingly gentle to the touch but also strong and extremely durable, standing the test of time. Whether paired together or shown off alone, they create a  comfortable, inviting setting with a feeling of rich global style.

The robust textures found within the covers of Jasmine concoct images of great ancient stone wall fortresses and palaces with spiraling towers. With so many differently colored fibers being utilized in this collection, you will find a crisscross of contrasting colors mixed in with tonal neutrals that balance out the entire collection. Deep hues of navy, plum, and turquoise are accented with light colored yarns and are reminiscent of the dark night sky speckled with stars; while light blues and teals bring forth images of a searing blue desert sky and ever-distant mirages strewn across the landscape.



Jasmine is a sophisticated collection but still looks right at home whether dressed up or down. This medley of rich textural patterns can easily be mixed or matched with each other or a variety of other patterns and fabrics to produce the perfect eclectic or refined style you need for your palace.


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.


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.


5 Tools Everyone in the Design Industry Should Use

It can be a difficult task to create or complete something when you don’t have the right tools to do so. How does a painter paint with no paintbrush? Of course there is a multitude of ways, but there are normally only a few which turn out to be the most effective. Imagine trying to fly a plane without any gauges or sensors telling you which way to go or whether you’re flying too high. This can lead to unfortunate consequences or at the very least, a ton of frustration and an end result that is less than desirable.painting_post

The first tool that every design professional should have in their arsenal is a wide array of inspirational references. This includes fashion, art, design, and technology magazines; articles about design innovations, photographs of people, places, or things that have interesting backstories – or those that you can create a backstory for! Save a variety of pieces from all over, you never know when something may spark a new idea where it didn’t before.

Sometimes in order to get your point across it needs to be shown in a way that is visual rather than verbal. Design software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is a quick and easy way to draw out a design or ‘roomscape’ to show a client or even just to include as part of your design board. If you aren’t so technologically advanced, or happen to be a better hand sketcher, then make sure to have a drawing kit with pencils, erasers, rulers, etc. on hand. It may even benefit to keep both in your tool kit for situations when one may work better than the other.

Always keep a camera or your phone on you! Being able to instantly snap and capture inspiration on the daily is an invaluable resource for when you are in the studio or at your workbench later on. Remember, anything can be used to inspire, so be ready and waiting to seize the moment as it passes by you! Along with images of your influences, swatches of color and different types of fabrics are a great resource to keep stashed away in your workspace. Seeing and knowing how different colors and textures work for and against each other can really open your eyes to new design possibilities and innovations. Having a physical representation of color, pattern, or texture benefits the big picture and aids in your conceptualization.Living_room_

Lastly, motivation is one of your most important design tools! Without motivation, where will you get the drive to create new things? Without motivation, how will you take your design to the next level? Motivation has a distinct meaning to each and every person, and how you use it – along with all four of the other tools – will determine the success of you and your design.