Our Fall 2020 Fabrics

Posted by: Rebecca Atwood

 Horizon

This is our first “solid” fabric. When I was writing my book, Living with Color, I wrote about how we rarely see flat colors in big swaths in nature. We see a field of grass, but it’s full of tonal variation and movement. I wanted to explore this concept in an upholstery fabric. I wanted something that would be durable, and a great basic but that also made it easier to layer within a color palette—or even build one off of. I wanted this to be a field of grass that someone could use to upholster a sofa.


This fabric has a striation of color, and soft flecks of accent colors. When viewed from a distance it’s neutral, but up close it’s more colorful. One of the interesting things about this fabric is how the color looks up close versus from a distance. This was one of the challenges when picking the assortment, as there were ones I loved close up but didn’t work from a distance or vice versa. I wanted a mix of color within the color that you read from a distance. I also wanted these to be versatile. Since there are so many basics in the market this needed to have a point of view, a reason for being.


It reminds me of the way water glistens, grass blows in the wind, and sand shimmers. Our natural world is so complex. It’s like looking at the world from a distance. Expect more colors to be released for this in the future. I was excited about this one and wanted to release it even though we are still completing the final color tweaks for more colorways. Use this fabric for upholstery. It mixes well with prints and you can use extra yardage for the backs of pillows.

Lattice

This woven is a great basic to layer into any room. It’s a texture that has a subtle pattern to it. The striation of yarns references the many tones you can find within a field of grass, or a panoramic scene. I love that nature provides so many variations of one tone when you look at a landscape. This often drives my color sensibility, and adding in more versions of a color makes it easier to mix and match. A lattice is a gardening tool we use to help guide rambling vines. Here the pattern is reduced to a small scale and creates an easy texture that provides a texture for layering other patterns, colors, and textures against. Use this fabric indoors or out.

Briar

This woven is a great basic to layer into any room. It can almost act as a solid, but the woven “stitches” give texture and interest. A briar is a prickly shrub, and often references wild roses. I love that these plant are tough, but also beautiful. I think about how thye grow along the beach near my childhood home and can survive hurricanes and nor’easters and bloom the next year. The little crosses also remind me of when you plant seeds for an herb garden indoors in little pots and the first seedlings pop through the dirt.  This pattern also speaks to my love of Japanese textiles and reminds me of Sashiko and Boro techniques.Use this fabric indoors or out.

Blocks

This woven quality reminds me of needlepoint. My great-aunt Libby was an avid needle-pointer. Growing up we had needlepoint seat cushions at our dining table, and little framed pieces hanging on the wall. I loved that they were so personal and textural. I never had the patience to do it myself, but the aesthetic is one I really love.

I wanted to explore something graphic here because the weave is so textural. I looked to small, geometric, vintage patterns – like the ones you’d find on the inside of a book cover. I thought about how nice that a graphic, crisp, pattern can be

When thinking about this design, I wanted to have one really small box, so that we could play with an accent color. There’s something fun about how these read from a distance and then close up—like a surprise. Often upholstery fabrics are neutral, because we want them to be livable, but I wanted to create something that played with color but felt cozy and calm in a rich way.



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