Monday, June 6, 2011

Design Tips-Beautiful Japanese Inspired Fabrics from Knoll!

Trend alert! I predict in not-too-distant future seasons we will see a move toward smaller prints as a reaction to the larger graphic and bold patterns that have been the rage for the last few years.

The fun part is that these smaller geometric patterns will balance nicely in scale with anything in a larger pattern, providing the colors work and the basic shapes complement each other! So you won't have to go throwing anything out.

KnollTextiles, the fabrics offshoot of the classic high design furniture maker, has just introduced "Insho," a brand new line inspired by handsome and delicate Japanese block printing and historic fabrics. I think these fabrics are stunning not only because all the colors are still hot but the patterns are fresh and strong, without being overp

These types of patterns will be suitable for especially for the table and bedding, where a bit of texture is great but the scale needs to be small. They'll be useful in draperies, too, where a little movement is desired.

And Knoll's collection will work great with all the sleek modern stuff still going strong, also mid-century modern and even earthy traditional styles where Japanese arts have been influential, such as Craftsman and others.

Knoll's high-end collection is expensive but the materials are exquisite. Silk and wool prevail in some, and cotton and cotton/polyester blends show up as well. All should wear well and look great for years to come with normal use and cleaning according to the
manufacturer's directions.

But, just like all the hottest trends, watch for less expensive and similar patterns to show up soon to a store near you!

Until next time!
--Elaine Bothe

All photos courtesy of KnollTextiles.

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