As part of Salone del Mobile 2012 (or the Milan Furniture Fair), Danish fabric house Kvadrat, invited seven curators from around the world to nominate a design talent from their area ….. to create a new piece using their fabric. These pieces are some of my favourites … the hammock, coffee table and giant animal cushions …. showcasing the design itself ….. the classic fabric …. and of course the colour palette !!
This exhibition was a focal point with its iconic woollen upholstery fabric relaunched in 58 colours !!
images: wallpaper magazine
This beautiful fabric has been used and loved by designers around the world since 1968 when it was first produced by Kvadrat. It was designed by the very talented Nanna Ditzel.
I first stumbled across these fabrics at the iconic Peppergreen antique emporium in the Southern Highlands…..sadly no longer. Shelves and even bolts of this vintage linen, cotton and flax grain sack fabric. I think what draws me to it is the subtlety in colour variation. All very neutral, really only varying in texture from the soft scrubbed finish to a much coarser, almost hessianlike fabric.
The faded imprint of the logo or manufacturer only adds to the appeal….almost like works of art.
Also falling into this category of fabrics I feel are the gorgeous antique european mangle cloths. These are a softer colour palette and finer texture….fabulous for tablecloths and serviettes. I love the subtle stripe to the edge…..always faded red or navy.
Being so neutral these fabrics combine well with pattern…..however with their subtle shades of cream, putty or taupe are at their most elegant when incorporated into a cream or white interior. Have fun with scatter cushions and interesting trimming….and think about loose covers !!
The most exciting part is searching for these fabrics at your favourite antique market…..
Image: The Sartorialist
Why is my eye always drawn to these colours together. I think it is just so smart to have the subtle black, navy combination with a luscious tan contrast bringing it all to life.
Tan has been big in Europe this winter but I love it anywhere, anytime. I was thrilled when I did my dark inky blue woollen armchairs in our sitting room to then find divine tan suede Mulberry cushions to contrast. These, apart from the timber furniture, were the only colour in the room as the walls are the same inky navy blue.
I also love the colour that the natural IL Bisonte leather bags and diaries go after using them lovingly…..tan !!
One of my favourite projects recently was a Polo Clubhouse/Bar Lounge where I did large tan leather armchairs and sofas with brass studded trim ….. and chocolate and cream tartan woollen cushions. It looked fabulous…..the building itself was spectacular….lots of dark timber rustic panelling, natural stone fireplaces and very large terracotta flagging.
I still miss the greatest source of woollen fabric ever ……. yes mainly shades of tan, coffee and caramel……Fabric Fantasy in Commonwealth Street, Sydney. Sadly now closed. It stocked bolts of Italian suiting fabric bought out from the mills at vastly reduced prices. I couldn’t stop buying it to cover furniture, make bedheads and valances and even tablecloths. The colours were a dream !!
I keep reading about Copenhagen and thinking what a truly stylish city it is. Danish design has always been at the forefront ….fashion, furniture, architecture and interiors not to mention the arts.
Hotel 27 is in the centre of the city…..a heartbeat from where it is all at…..both culture and shopping !!
As you know, I have more than a passing interest in hotel guestrooms having spent a large portion of my life as an interior designer working on their design or redesign. Hotel 27 has the hotel guestroom sorted. The timber floors underpin the use of colour in the furniture itself… so different to the standard hotel guestroom. So simple, elegant and so well designed. The colours are gorgeous…..slick, young and fresh. The attention to detail is brilliant.
Hotel 27 has the warmth and comfort factor so often missing in a lot of inner city hotels. Designers put together a lot of hard finishes and think that opulent furnishings will be the icing on the cake…..so often the spaces may have the initial wow factor but are simply not inviting.
The Danes do timber well. The use of either timber flooring, panelling or furniture (or all three) creates warmth and gives a space a certain character.
And now for some really vibrant Danish design…..iconic furniture combined with gorgeous fabrics for the Bar….only in Copenhagen !!
I was thrilled to see that Designers Guild now have a fabulous online store for throw blankets, cushions, candles and floor rugs…..the quality of their fabrics is beautiful which I think you can see even from the photos. Such a bonus to have the actual Designers Guild ready made cushions as I have spent years buying small metrage to have made into cushions for projects I have been working on.
These cushions, rugs and throws all co-ordinate with the various ranges of fabrics and you will find that Designers Guild will do a whole collection in a particular colour palette which makes it easy to put together a scheme for a room.
I did blog about their fantastic tote bags made out of smart Designers Guild fabrics a while back.
My favourite ever Designers Guild fabrics are their Royal Collection based on archives of fabrics in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace…..in fact now that I am thinking about it….. I might just follow up with that story and show some of those magnificent fabrics next.