Design is constantly evolving and keeping a current look can easily become like a dog chasing after it's tail. What inspires and draws me to Ralph Lauren is their designs are classical, but fresh and updated. The use of traditional furniture silhouettes, rich textured fabrics and pleasing colors are inviting and comfortable. They're traditional in their approach, but not stiff and formal. In our "Recession Chic Economy" this stands the test of time and allows one to morph into new looks gracefully without breaking the bank account.
The striking piece above was given new life by the choice of it's upholstery selection. Mixing fabrics together can be tricky, but mixing fabrics within a single piece of furniture is even trickier. This approach has been around awhile, but RL took a vintage chair and breathed new life into it using this technique. Often when different fabrics are used within a single piece it tends to look whimsical bordering on cartoonish. A little bit of this look goes a long way and less is definitely more when using this in a room. One or two pieces in a space is probably enough. When it's done well it's a home run and you recognize it when you see it, because it appears to flow naturally and seamlessly.
What are your thoughts on mixing fabrics in a piece of furniture?
Calvodos Ticking Stripe
71% Linen, 29% Cotton
These fabrics are from the Spring 2010 La Plage collection. Based on a blue and white color palate. The collection has a tranquil nautical look with seaside elegance. Chic and rustic elements are artfully mixed bringing a contemporary feel to a traditional framework.
RL Beaumount Blockprint in Ink, 100% Jute
Children on the Beach, 1884
Rob & Stucky
This clever juxtaposition of striped fabrics creates a crisp & breezy nautical feel on a traditional wing chair. The upholstery tacks are a defining touch that punctuates the chair's outline.
Adam Emory Albright
Children On Seashore With Lobsterman
Monograms will always be favored, but they seem to have morphed and transitioned over to this hand lettered look. If you haven't already, I predict you will be hearing much buzz about African Sketchbook. It's a hot commodity in the design world market, their fabrics are unique and wonderful!
By the Seashore, 1883
German Grain Sack Chair
Whether you refer to them as feed sacks or grain sacks they exploded on the mainstream design market last year. I'm sure no old barn has been left unturned by antique hunters and pickers looking for vintage originals. Who could have predicted they would become so popular?
Isn't this avante garde back detailing interesting. It's not a look for everyone, but I like it. What's your two cents on the subject?
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