Neutral Textiles

No. 53

CLOTH & KIND // Palette No. 53

Today's Palette includes textiles from two brilliant textile designers who both also happen to be Proust on Design alumni, John Robshaw & Lulu DK. You can read each of their responses to our infamous questionnaire here and here.

TOP RIGHT // Poppy in Silver from Lulu DK for Duralee (#64002LD-2)
BOTTOM RIGHT // Sarwan in Stone from John Robshaw for Duralee (#DU15763-435)
MIDDLE LEFT // Nizam in Indigo from John Robshaw for Duralee (#15752-193)

CLOTH & KIND // Krista & Tami

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No. 42

Palette No. 42 // CLOTH & KIND

We had a visit from our Donghia rep this week and were completely enchanted with Pierre Frey's Spring 2015 Origines collection, which is a textile tribute to indigenous tribes from around the wold. Sandy, with its embroidery and shells, is a motif based on the necklaces made and worn by Aboriginal people and Kagura is a printed linen toile depicting partially overlapping traditional Japanese theatre masks in bold colors.  Gorgeous, no?! We paired these two stunners with a versatile new Dominique Kieffer tweed and simply adore the fact that its salvage can be cut and used as a brush trim. 

LEFT // Sandy in Lin/Corail from Pierre Frey (#F3022002)
MIDDLE // Kagura in Tutti Frutti from Pierre Frey (#F3009001)
RIGHT // Tweed Couleurs in Laguna from Dominique Kieffer by Rubelli (#17224-02)

No. 27

Palette No. 27 | CLOTH & KIND

MAIN | Puff in Lapis & Berry from carletonV (#429065) TOP RIGHT | Vintage in Sand from Larsen (#8852-01) MIDDLE RIGHT | Barmillion from Fermoie (#L-002)

We had a bit of a subliminal dragon theme going on while we were out and about in LA on our recent BlogTourLA adventure (btw, you can check out all of our BlogTour fun here). It seemed that every which way we looked we found another little dragon-inspired something-or-other. And it all started when we saw this crazy beautiful new carletonV print, aptly named Puff. We're quite fond of Puff and wanted to also show you this image of him below, since he himself wasn't included in the memo we received and used above. Isn't he darling?

So what do you think, would you put dragons in your interior space... or better yet, have you already? Tell us of your love or hate of this mythical fire-breathing beast. We have a feeling that most people fall pretty firmly in one camp or another on this topic.

 

Applique from Holland & Sherry

Details: Embroidery from Holland & Sherry | CLOTH & KIND

We are total and complete suckers for the littlest of details, which is why we are big old fans of the Holland & Sherry showroom. They carry so many of our favorite to-the-trade lines, plus their own line is divine. Like the exquisite Nara applique shown above - how amazing is this?!

We are also immensely appreciative of the fact that their website (relaunched and improved as of today) shows such incredibly detailed photos of each textile. It's this kind of attention to detail, both in their product and in the care they have taken to put together such a fantastic online resource that differentiates them from the rest and keeps designers like Tami and me coming back over and over again. Oh, and we also just adore our rep in Chicago - Michael Madalinski (hi, Mike!)

Who else out there in the design world is doing a great job at the tiniest of details? There are many, we know, and we'd love to hear your input.

 

Living Room

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I'm finally getting around to hanging artwork in our new/old house reno. Today, this stunning original piece by Britt Bass was hung above our living room sofa and I absolutely adore it. The juxtaposition of the modern painting with my antique pillows and rug, and somewhat traditional furniture makes me so, so happy. The only thing left to complete this room are the drapes that I'm having made in Seema Krish's Glitterati. It's a gorgeous linen with delicious hints of gold thread subtly woven in. For more from Seema's new Bombay Glitz collection, check out these recent posts I did on her. Happy weekend.

 

Seema Krish Sneak Peek, Part Deux

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Seema Krish's soon-to-launch Bombay Glitz collection follows her successful Bombay Bliss collection. Glitz is more sophisticated, as Seema says, and is inspired by the glamour of Bollywood pop culture.

How gorgeous is this? The base metallic fabric in this line is called Glitterati. It's a solid linen with metallic zari yarn woven into it. Glitterati is the ground cloth for both Bandra Glitter blockprinted linen (top) and Pali Hill embroidered linen (bottom) but would also be so fantastic as a stand alone fabric. All of these designs will be available in both silver and gold, so you will be able to pick your glitz.

Thank you, Seema, for this fantastic peek of what's to come!

Peter Dunham

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what is your idea of perfect design happiness?HAVING THE ESSENTIAL MINIMUM

what is your greatest fear in design? BEING PREDICTABLE

which historical design figure do you most identify with? JOHN FOWLER

which living designer do you most admire? JACQUES GRANGE

 what is your greatest design extravagance? MY RED PARTNER’S DESK. IT CAME FROM CHRISTOPHER GIBBS’ CHRISTIES HOUSE SALE.  I KNEW IT FROM BOOKS. I PAID A SCARY AMOUNT FOR IT BUT HAVE LOVED IT EVERY DAY OF THE PAST 12 YEARS.

Samarkand

when and where were you happiest? IN LOS ANGELES, RIGHT NOW.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? BEING ABLE TO PAY HEALTH AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS TO ALL MY EMPLOYEES.

if you died and came back as another designer/design object who/what do you think it would be? AN EDWARDIAN SCUFFED UP VINTAGE LEATHER TUFTED ARMCHAIR. THEY ARE VERY ADAPTABLE AND EASILY LOVABLE.

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would most like to have? BEING ABLE TO DO FAST RENDERINGS.

what is your most treasured design related possession? A SMALL DESIGN SKETCH BY DAVID HICKS THAT HE GAVE ME WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Kashmir Paisley

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? TAKING A JOB JUST FOR THE MONEY.

what is your design motto? VARY THE MATERIALS.

what is your favorite design-related word? AN UNPRINTABLE ENGLISH FAVOURITE THAT STARTS WITH A ‘C’ AND ENDS WITH A ‘T’. NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT AT WORK THOUGH.

what is your least favorite design related word? SOLD (WHEN IT’S NOT TO ME).

what turns you on in design? GUTS.

what turns you off in design? FASHION.

what is your favorite curse word? SEE ABOVE FAVOURITE DESIGN RELATED WORD.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? I WOULDN’T. THIS IS MY SECOND CAREER AND I LOVE IT EVERY DAY.

IMAGE CREDITS | Headshot Photo House Beautiful, Header Image Natural Curiosities, All other images provided by Peter Dunham Design.

PROUST ON DESIGN | Answered by my design icons, these must-ask questions come from a 19th century parlor game made popular by Marcel Proust, the French novelist, essayist & critic. This interview technique has been used by many journalists throughout the years but my column was primarily inspired by The Proust Questionnaire, which appears monthly on the back page of Vanity Fair(my alma mater). The twist here on CLOTH & KIND is that I've repurposed each question to relate to interior design. To read all of my Proust on Design interviews, please click here. Enjoy!