Fabric + wall covering
Staff -- Interior Design, 9/30/2001 12:00:00 AM
Maharam: Go green with Maharam's Content series, an enviro-friendly collection of geometric patterns rendered in 100 percent New Zealand worsted wool, which is processed in a manner that has the least impact on the environment. No harmful chemicals are used in wool cleaning or spinning; dyes are free of heavy metal; and no chemicals or coatings are used in the weaving process. The result? An ultraclean product, which is very soft to the touch and fully biodegradable. Maharam, 251 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010. www.maharam.com.
Pollack: The expansive Coloratura collection runs the gamut, from the delicate sophistication of Couture (top) to the cozy warmth of Snug (bottom) to the futuristic look of Metalessence (middle), which is made from polyurethane and a PVC face and can be used for upholstery or wall treatments. Pollack, 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013. www.pollackassociates.com.
Sina Pearson Textiles: The Classic Darks collection includes five patterns: four elegant worsted wools and one lush mohair velvet called Classic Cords. The piece-dyed fabrics are available in blue, olive, red, taupe, plum, and ochre. Sina Pearson Textiles, 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013. www.sinapearson.com.
Schumacher: Domino is a charming gros point featuring scattered game pieces. Based on original artwork, it is an all-cotton weave produced in France. Schumacher, 79 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. www.fschumacher.com.
Toray Ultrasuede: Nothing says '70s cool more than ultrasuede. We especially dig the retro vibe of Nen and Miami, which are part of Toray's premiere collection of prints for upholstery. Toray Ultrasuede, 1450 Broadway, New York, NY 10018. www.ultrasuede.com.
Textus: As the name suggests, the Evolution collection is a bit of a departure from Hazel Siegel's signature look, which was inspired by the archives of the modern movement's best and brightest. There is a welcome freshness and playfulness to these new designs. Our favorites are Cadence, a sturdy silk with a woven interlocking zigzag pattern, and Solar, a checkerboard pattern with a touch of shimmer. Textus, 580 Broadway, Suite 305, New York, NY 10012. www.memosamples.com.
Christopher Farr: Longtime rug impressario Christopher Farr has finally shifted his eyes from the floor. Farr's collection of fabrics—which includes Span (shown here in smoke)—is now available in the U.S. through Ellen Ford, 232 E. 59th Street, New York, NY 10022. www.ellenford.com.
Clarence House Contract: Biba, a playful polka-dot pattern, is the first Clarence House design printed on Crypton Suede—a durable polyester fabric that is stain- and moisture-resistant. Available in a variety of colors. Clarence House, 211 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022. www.clarencehouse.com.
Greeff: After being touted and flung down innumerable runways in Spring 2001, toile as a fashion trend is as good as gone. But it shows no sign of going out of style in interior design—we're a far less fickle industry and this fabric has history on its side. Our latest favorite is Asian Toile in black walnut from the Williamsburg Reserve collection. Through Schumacher, 79 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. www.fschumacher.com.
Brunschwig & Fils: The core fabrics of the Cabanel collection, which comprises a series of prints and wovens, were adapted from the antique quilts kept in the armoires of André-Jean Cabanel, a farmer and collector of 18th- and 19th-century Provençal textiles. A number of the fabrics shown here are custom-quilted. Brunschwig & Fils, 979 Third Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022. www.brunschwig.com.
Decorators Walk: Modern Symbols is part of Collection O, a group of textiles designed by John Oetgen. The spare pattern features silhouettes and flowers, which create a contemporary look with clear historical allusions. Available in a variety of colorways. Decorators Walk, 6851 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 245, Syosset, NY 11791. www.decoratorswalk.com.
Osborne & Little: The sumptuous Jivala Silks collection is inspired by the rich culture of the Indian subcontinent and features opulent hues and intricate patterns, including Moghul flowers, paisleys, and brocades. Osborne & Little, 979 Third Avenue, Suite 520, New York, NY 10022. www.osborneandlittle.com.
Boussac Fadini: Nagoya is a distinctive chenille available in 12 colorways—including the resonant earth tones shown here. Boussac Fadini, 979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
Hinson & Company: Matrix Texture, a polyester-viscose blend, is a bold and sophisticated checkerboard pattern with plenty of shine—and durability. Hinson & Company, 27-35 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101.
Luna Textiles: The Salon collection is a group of six upholstery fabrics that celebrates the optimism of 20th-century fashion and design with mid-century modern motifs and even '80s-inspired metallic lamé. Luna Textiles, 2415 Third Street, Suite 280, San Francisco, CA 94107.
Momentum Textiles: We readily embraced the techno-savvy look of Axiom, Tranceport, and Theory. Momentum Textiles, 17801 Fitch Street, Irvine, CA 92614. www.momentumtextiles.com.
Rodolph: Charming, a rich blend of linen and cotton, has a wonderfully crisp hand, and it's available in a casual chic color palette, ranging from gingerbread to denim blue. Charming measures 55 in. wide. Rodolph, P.O. Box 1249, Sonoma, CA 95476.
Yoma: Raku is a tasteful and tailored texture that will work well in either residential or commercial interiors. It measures 54 in. wide and is made of a blend of polyester, cotton, and rayon. Yoma Textiles, 580 Broadway, #1209, New York, NY 10012. www.yoma.com.
Carnegie: Two panel fabrics woven of Terratex are the latest environmental textiles from Carnegie. Smooth Operator boasts a fine finish and is available in 11 hues, which take their cue from materials such as stone and metal. Rough & Tumble features a more textural surface and comes in ten colors inspired by flora and fauna. Both fabrics are 66 in. wide. Carnegie, 110 North Centre Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. www.carnegiefabrics.com.
Galbraith & Paul: Donuts, designed by Liz Galbraith, is a scrumptious handblock-printed cotton/rayon velvet. Chocoholics to the core, we prefer the chocolate colorway, but there are five from which to choose. The fabric is 53 in. wide. Galbraith & Paul, 116 Shurs Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19127.
Nina Campbell: The latest introductions from Nina Campbell include the lovely Loire Silk collection, which features two grand damasks and one sophisticated sheer. Shown here with new glass-beaded trim. Through Osborne & Little, 979 Third Avenue, Suite 520, New York, NY 10022. www.osborneandlittle.com.
J. Robert Scott: The Spice collection from Sally Sirkin Lewis is about lush, exotic colors, like anise (pictured), cardamom, green tea, and cinnamon. The line includes two new patterns, Linear and Herringbone, and a recoloration of some of J. Robert Scott's most popular existing patterns. J. Robert Scott, 500 North Oak Street, Inglewood, CA 90302. www.jrobertscott.com.
Larsen: This lethally stylish cut velvet is called Diamond Back. Available in five colorways and in a width of 53 in. Through Cowtan & Tout, 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011.
Edelman Leather: Big Foot is a cowhide with dramatic graining that is sure to make an impression. Available in black, white, and brown. Edelman Leather, 80 Pickett District Road, New Milford, CT 06776. www. edelmanleather.com.
Geiger: Nicole Casey has designed a collection of tactile and smart textiles especially suited for today's corporate environment. The line includes Con Brio, an iridescent geometric; Intrada, a tightly woven rib construction; and Legato, a temptingly touchable bouclé. Geiger International, 6095 Fulton Industrial Boulevard, SW, Atlanta, GA 30336. www.geigerbrickel.com.
GIATI: The surprisingly soft and brightly hued fabrics in the Spa collection are suitable for interior and exterior use for both residential and commercial applications. GIATI Designs, 614 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. www.giati.com.
Donghia: The brilliant colors and casual charm of Espadrille are sure to make it a summer-house classic, but we could enjoy its festive flair year round. This multicolored and variegated stripe is handwoven from Indian cotton and is suitable for upholstery and curtains. Available in nine colorways. Donghia Furniture/Textiles, 485 Broadway, New York, NY 10013. www.donghia.com.
Scalamandré Contract: Scalamadré continues to expand its range for the hospitality market with a number of introductions, including Network, a versatile rib stripe that's available in 14 colors. Scalamandré, 942 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022. www.scalamandrecontract.com.
Kravet: The Winterthur collection was inspired by the antique textiles found in the Henry Francis du Pont historical estate of the same name. The line includes toiles, prints, and fabrics with crewelwork or quilting, which were adapted from, among other things, bed hangings, furniture covers, and curtains. Kravet, 225 Central Avenue South, Bethpage, NY 11714. www.kravet.com.
Arc-Com: Adding a bit of shimmer and intergalactic style is Star Struck, a reversible fabric suitable for upholstery, drapery, panel, and wall-covering applications. Arc-Com, 33 Ramland Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962.
Création Baumann: Jubilee has the luxurious hand and look of silk, but it is fabricated from polyester with a gold-leaf print. Création Baumann, 114 North Centre Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. www.creationbaumann.com.
Clarence House: Hommage à Cocteau, a brocatelle made of linen and silk, employs images and motifs long associated with the visionary artist Jean Cocteau. Available in five colorways. Clarence House, 211 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022. www.clarencehouse.com.
Brentano: The Oshi-re collection is named after the Japanese word for wardrobe or closet that holds a stack of sumptuous kimonos and bedding. The line, designed by Iris Wang, has a similar wealth of patterns and textures. We were taken with the rich colors of Longevity (shown at top), which is a wool-and-polyester blend with rayon accents. Brentano, 1451 Paddock Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062. www.brentanofabrics.com.
Clarence House: The striking pairing of slate and white is used to great effect in Galeazzo, a textural cotton woven in Italy, which features highly stylized animals and birds. The fabric is available in seven other colors. Clarence House, 211 E. 58th Street, New York, NY 10022. www.clarencehouse.com.
HBF Textiles: The Exchange collection, designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, gives a taste of New York's old-school sophistication. Shown here, from top: Judson—whose frenetic small-scale pattern was inspired by traffic on the city's streets—Butterfield, Plaza, Klondike, and Gramercy. Available in neutrals as well as more saturated hues. HBF Textiles, 900 12th Street Drive, NW, Hickory, NC 28601. www.hbf.com.
Anzea: Semaphore is part of the Designs Worth Repeating collection and was inspired by the archives of Ruth Adler Schnee. Originally designed in 1953 as a lightweight drapery, it has been transformed to a rich, textural upholstery fabric fit for hospitality and health care markets. Anzea, 2810 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX 76017. www. anzea.com.
Knoll Textiles: For divine window treatments, turn to Nimbus, a new textured polyester sheer that was engineered in Japan using a technology from the apparel industry. It is available in five colorways and measures 54 in. wide. Knoll Textiles, 105 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012. www.knolltextiles.com.
Versa: The stylish n'viro collection of wallpapers, which includes a number of stunning metallics, is made with eco-friendly Terren—a cellulose-based substrate. Versa, 4700 Robards Lane, Louisville, KY 40218.
Donghia: Pet Walls is part of Donghia's first wall covering collection fit for the contract market—though with its good looks and unique textures, we're sure of its residential appeal. A number of the company's best-selling textile patterns have been translated into PolyOlefin and recolored for this collection. Donghia Furniture/Textiles, 485 Broadway, New York, NY 10013. www.donghia.com.
Wolf-Gordon: Shannon is a thickly textured geometric that is available in a variety of architectural whites and rich colors with the chromatic impact of craie-pas. It is made of type II vinyl and is 54 in. wide. Wolf-Gordon, 33-00 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. www.wolf-gordon.com.
Spinneybeck: We were impressed by Spinneybeck's waterproof leather called Aqua, which utilizes a process in which the waterproofing agent becomes a permanent part of the material, not just a topical treatment. This superdurable leather is available in 17 standard colors and is a great option for any high-traffic area (we can't imagine leather chaises poolside, anyway). Spinneybeck, 425 Crosspoint Parkway, Getzville, NY 14068. www.spinneybeck.com.
Maya Romanoff: The environmentally sound Eco collection offers a viable solution to heavy vinyls. The easy-clean papers are 39 in. wide. Maya Romanoff, 1730 W. Greenleaf, Chicago, IL 60626. www.mayaromanoff.com.
Valley Forge Fabrics: Thatchit is a hard-mount woven surface that simulates the look of raffia. Suitable for wall covering, as well as headboards and chair-back inserts. Valley Forge Fabrics, 2981 Gateway Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33069.
JM Lynne: Papyrus is a graceful, ornamental scroll pattern that is part of Anthology, a new collection of large scale vinyl wallcoverings designed by Patty Madden. Available in 70 colors. JM Lynne, 2002 Orville Drive North, Suite B, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. www.jmlynne.com.
Cortina Leathers: Sure to thrill are the bold colors of Atlas, a lightly textured, high-performance upholstery leather that was developed especially for the contract market. The average hide measures 50 sq. ft. with a 1.1 mm thickness and is available in 20 colorways. Cortina Leathers, 15 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. www.cortinaleathers.com.
Innovations in Wallcoverings: Wave, Honeycomb, Brushstroke, and Coral are the subtle textures, that make up the Eco-Alchemy prints line. Comprised of wood pulp and recyclable polyester and printed with water-soluble dyes, the wallpapers are available in a variety of colors. Innovations in Wallcoverings, 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013. www.innovationsusa.com.