Sunday, October 9, 2011

Design Tips: How to Design Your Home Using Furniture with Words

Text isn't just for paper anymore. Way beyond monograms, big prints, small scrawls, letters of all types are appearing on a font-astic chair or sofa near you.

From artisanal efforts hand printed on canvas to mass-produced musings that looks like old newspapers or signs, upholstery with words is showing up in headlines in a hot new trend. Go bold with large graphic letters that don't quite spell anything, or go tender with a pretty poem lightly inked across a cushion.

Keep things simple, though, just go for one or two focal pieces, don't do the whole room in text.

DIY it or go high style. If you're not sure a whole sofa or armchair with words is something you'll want to keep for a while, try texting on a throw pillow or two. They're cheap and easy to change.

Check out these examples. The first two images are from Anthropologie's Fall collection. The "Adscript Chair" is by the artist Draga Obradovic, who lives in Como, Italy. She screenprints the words onto a coated canvas fabric, then hand distresses it, then upholsters vintage chairs with the fabric. It's shown above, at the far left in the photo.

The "Garvey Chair," also available through Anthropologie, is upholstered in cotton fabric printed with the names of New York City subway stations. Who said you have to stand for the subway?

The last photo is a reclaimed Victorian era recamier, reupholstered in savaged burlap coffee sacks by the British company antique2chic. Relax and enjoy your coffee, lounging with your literature!

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe

Photos courtesy of Anthropologie and antique2chic.

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