As we prepare for our Fall upholstery launch, dozens of fabric swatches are passing through our hands, swimming in our heads, and making their way into the latest offerings at the boutique. A few stalwart heroes have survived from the previous season - a testament to picking classics over fads - but we're excited to share our predictions for the next chapter in textiles.
While buttery poly-velvets have been a practical family room fabric for a few seasons, we're watching an influx of classic cotton velvets return to the mix. These beautiful fabrics have a denser weave and a warmer hand. And cotton receives dye better than polyester, yielding richer colors - a boon at a time when jewel tones are poised for a comeback.
Unlike their printed cousins, these woven patterns employ the loom to produce their dynamic look. While we are huge fans of printed fabrics - see our summer print blog - we think this variety produces a more refined character. Depending on the thread content, the durability may also be better than print on lighter weight goods, making these great bets for high-traffic upholstery.
The worst excesses of Herculon fabric in the 80s and 90s sent designers fleeing for the supple simplicity of micro-suede earlier this century, but we find that coarse wovens are enjoying a timely comeback. The light and shadow on the surface of a toothy fabric helps disguise normal wear and tear, an advantage in high traffic areas. Mid-century design continues to gain appeal and a hallmark of the era was textural solids, fueled in part by innovations in raw materials that were developed during WWII and throughout the Space Age.