In honor of Independence Day, Vastu will be closed Thursday, July 4th, 2013.
We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!
Dorothy Cosonas, the Creative Director for KnollTextiles, certainly has been keeping busy adding amazing new fabric selections to one of the largest textile suppliers in North America. This time, we’re seeing a fashion partnership between womenswear label SUNO and Knoll Luxe, the luxury fabric division of Knoll, Inc.
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, the design duo behind SUNO, created seven new upholstery fabrics and two drapery textiles from recent SUNO runway collections. And take it from me and the rest of the Vastu team when we say these fabrics are beautiful!
A couple of weeks ago we received samples of some brand new fabrics from KnollTextiles that we love!
Part of The Chelsea Collection, Soon, Glider and Biscayne feature lively colors and graphic, modern imagery.
And even more interesting than Cardenas’s designs and use of color is the inspiration behind Soon. This digitally printed, 100% cotton sateen fabric comes in four colorways and was inspired by a song of the same name by one of his favorite bands, My Bloody Valentine.
“The song is interesting to me because it uses rhythm and noise in an unexpectedly harmonious way. A strong beat shrouded in an instrumental haze creates a textured field where the instruments all blend into each other.”
So what do you think? Does the music match the fabric?
At Vastu, we don’t like being limited in our choices. It’s why we strive to find manufacturers and products that give you a wide range of personalization options. An option we get asked about often is leather.
Whether you’re creating a custom sofa or headboard or specifying a lounge chair, we carry and represent some of the best and highest quality leathers in the industry. Leather is one of those durable upholstery options that only gets better with time…if it’s done right.
For our custom upholstered pieces from Steven Anthony we provide you with several different leather styles with varying textures and colorways.
Ordering products from Knoll opens up the collection of Spinneybeck leathers which contains hundreds of different options from sealed leathers to sueded varieties. Spinneybeck began as a Canadian company from Ontario that later moved its headquarters to New York state and continues to be a North American leader and supplier of upholstery leather.
**Fun Fact: ”Spinney,” the Old English word for woods, represents tannin, the ancient ingredient derived from wood bark, still used in leathermaking. “Beck,” the Viking word for brook, or stream, is the water component of leathermaking. Beck was given to the English language by the Vikings who overran the British Isles centuries ago.**
Companies like Herman Miller rely on their own private label leathers, as well as those from well-known leather manufacturer Edelman Leather. Edelman, with showrooms all over the US and representatives around the world, specializes in custom coloring, hand finishes and their line consists of more than 750 color ways and over 75 different types of leathers, all of which are GREENGUARD indoor air quality certified.
And last but not least, we have leathers from Cortina Leathers. Family-owned by a mother/daughter team, Cortina imports fine Italian leathers for the architectural, interior design and commercial markets in the Americas and all over the world. With over 50 different styles, Cortina produces high-quality and even has extensive custom capabilities that range from simple custom color to complex leathers involving multiple processes, including embossments, transfer prints, laser cutting and tipping.
Happy Independence Day!
Vastu will be closed Wednesday, July 4th, 2012.
We will reopen on Thursday, July 5th at 11:00am.
It goes without saying, but the Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture show in Milan is an exciting experience for everyone who attends, especially those who are in the design and interiors industries. For Eric Kole and Jason Claire, it’s a chance to see what’s new from well-established manufacturers and to see who’s new in the world of design.
This year they came back with some new lines for the store (more to come on that later) as well as several trends to share with you all. Here’s a small recap…
File this under your “Funny But Possibly True”. I came across this picture on Facebook and couldn’t help but think of the hundreds of fabrics we offer for custom pieces and the thousands of colors they all come in!
When you have various shades of a standard color you can’t just call them all the same thing (or maybe Blue #1, Blue #2, etc.). Pantone has made an entire business of standardizing colors, classifying and naming them. Like this year’s Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango.
Take, for examples, Ultrasuede from Knoll Textiles. There are about four different “blues” but they each have very different names.
When it comes to color, the name hardly matters when it comes to choosing one. What should matter is how that color will play off the others in your scheme or space. Will it be an accent color that you’ll use sparingly or will it play a large role such as a wall paint color or the on the fabric for a large piece of furniture like a sofa or sectional? While color names can be fun, sometimes a blue couch is just a blue couch (though saying your sofa was done in ‘Midnight’ Ultrasuede does sound pretty cool).
Check out these cool new additions we have to our collection of Knoll Textiles fabrics!
“Part of the KT Collection of affordable modern design, Chance is a classic multi-color fabric that can serve as a palette builder.”
“A modern tapestry, Serendipity marries high durability with a playful pattern and colorful palette. For upholstery use.”
“An organic striped upholstery, Intrigue has a calming effect, created through a boucle wool yarn woven on top of a cotton ground.”
When it comes to interior design, the short answer is “no”. However, this doesn’t mean that smaller is a more suitable choice when choosing furniture for your space either. You need to find the happy medium and go with pieces that are in the right scale for your home and lifestyle. Read more
Dorothy Cosonas, KnollTextiles and Knoll Luxe creative director, recently designed 3 new fabrics for the Knoll Luxe 2011 collection that were inspired by current fashion trends: Arabella, Grammercy, and Vermeer. Arabella and Gramercy are both large-scale velvet upholstery fabrics while Vermeer is more like a classic Knoll knubby-textured fabric.
The colors are great, and as upholstery fabrics they’re a fabulous way to bring the fashion industry into your home and onto your Knoll pieces.