Mark McMenamin and Deborah Wilk -- Interior Design, 7/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
As the winner on the second season of Bravo's Top Design, he got just two days to complete the show's finale, redoing a Los Angeles town house. Fortunately, Sacco Carpet gave him a much more civilized time frame to develop the Nathan Thomas collection, a first for the brand-new Nathan Thomas Studios.
Nathan Thomas encountered many of his shapes and colors on a trip to Morocco. Back home in New York, these traditional foreign influences mixed with his affection for contemporary urban streetscapes—graffiti, cracks in the pavement. "I'm fascinated by the flow of traffic on an avenue, the way the light hits buildings for that one moment in the afternoon," he says. Two-dimensional surfaces are the ideal vehicles for the edgy, angular results.
Sacco produced three patterns as wool Aubussons in five or six colorways. Thin crisscrossing lines define Threads; Persuasion is as jagged as a lightning bolt; and Morris Blocks plays with contrasts. Meanwhile, the phallic forms of Preservatif, French for condom, demanded the plusher medium of tufted wool, offered in 13 colorways. Sizes are custom. 212-226-4344; saccocarpet.com. circle 416