New Outdoor Fabrics Blur the Boundaries

As the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living continue to dissolve, the choices for new outdoor fabrics are inversely multiplying. At Paris Deco Off, we saw the addition of several chic new collections from upscale lines. Like many of Dedar‘s fabrics, their new outdoor collection has sartorial roots. With a Saville row tailoring, these weather resistant textiles are user friendly and long lasting.

new outdoor fabrics

Coordinating geometrics such as the diamond Basquette and rope-like stripe Summertime are available in black and white, neutrals and brights. These deliver not only in the design department but also in performance. While they are resistant to light, mildew and inclement weather, their easy washing and stain removal properties make them equally appealing for high traffic areas such as family rooms.

new outdoor fabrics

I loved the menswear appeal of these buttoned cushions in Pool on outdoor wicker at their Rue de Seine pop up showroom.

new outdoor fabrics

and as an indoor application as well.

new outdoor fabrics Their walls are always brimming with creative combinations.

new outdoor fabrics

Like a ray of sunshine, Pierre Frey introduced their upbeat Boussac Outdoor-Indoor California collection.

new outdoor fabrics

With a graphic retro 60s-70s vibe, it’s a minimalist collection with maximum appeal. And there’s a lot of Op Art inspired options – two-toned and reversible, the fabrics coordinate with semi-plains in fifteen colors,

new outdoor fabrics

all woven in Pierre Frey’s factory in northern France.

new outdoor fabricstwo photos above courtesy of Pierre Frey

If anyone should know about creating fabrics that can withstand the rigors of outdoor weather, it is the Thai based Jim Thompson. They have spent years developing textiles that can endure tropical weather where monsoons were an annual event. While their new Singing in the Rain outdoor collection is based on and resembles traditional woven silks and cottons, it is in actuality made of resilient acrylic fibers. I love that this pattern is named Deluge. Its whimsical irregular stripes could represent the torrent of a heavy rainfall.

new outdoor fabrics

Available in five colors, I was partial to this beautiful steel blue.

new outdoor fabrics

Another favorite, Stream is a bold stripe in a smooth cotton-like fabric. Lovely for curtains or cushions, it would make a fantastic tent or awninged space. The colorways are sophisticated in my favorite sort of “stepped on” shades.

new  outdoor fabrics

 new outdoor fabrics

And the versatile backbone of the Singing in the Rain collection is naturally named Kelly. In 16 versatile colorways, this heathered plain looks and feels like a brushed cotton. This seaworthy red would be perfect for a beach house or bungalow.

new outdoor fabrics

For No.9, Richard Thompson designed Palm Willow Weaves, a compact grouping of 7 indoor/outdoor patterns, that coordinate with the rest of the fabrics in his new collection. Cascade is a fresh wide horizontal strip which can be turned to run vertically on furniture, available in five striking color combinations such as this citron with silver.

new outdoor fabrics

And the cobalt and navy colorway would be the perfect compliment to the wonderful Drawn Threads. Inspired by an Indonesian textile, the design retains the hand-drawn quality of the original artwork and satisfies the current craze for indigo, while offering spectacular performance. UV resistant, washable, and resistant to chlorine, sun screen, sweat and stains, the collection’s soft hand and drape belie its strength.

new outdoor fabricsseven photos above courtesy of Jim Thompson

When the warmer weather finally approaches in a few months, we will all be able to move outside effortlessly in style.

8 thoughts on “New Outdoor Fabrics Blur the Boundaries

  1. okay, amazing, we live such an indoor/outdoor life I am always seeking fabrics that can hang in there with us, these are beautiful. Love the textural navy weaves at the top and the steel blue paint stripes. Thank you for the intro!

  2. Living in Florida, it is amazing the choices are out there now for these fabrics. Makes getting the looks that you want for the loggias, pool areas so exciting. The Jim Thompson examples are just fab.

  3. These are all so pretty and happy, Stacey. We’re working on our landscaping with hopes of a new backyard entertaining space by summer. I would love any of these fabrics on our outdoor furniture. But a party on the terrace seems like a dream on this cold winter day!
    Happy Weekend. XO

  4. Your last few posts have made me very sad that I didn’t jump on a plane and get to the Paris Deco Off. I have feeling I would have come back with fifty new ideas.

    Even though I’m always preaching that people shouldn’t follow trends in their interior design, I have to admit I’ve been loving the how the trends of the 2010’s are turning out so far. It’s as if textile designers, furniture makers, and decorators all got together and decided to take all the best of the past few decades…or centuries…and throw out everything that never worked in the first place.

  5. What a great product roundup! I love them all. Thanks for sharing a bit of the Paris Deco Off with us, as well bringing thoughts of warmer weather. Just a few more months….

  6. When (and if!) the warm weather ever comes back to our area, we will be taking full advantage of our patios and decks. This blog post of beautiful, durable textiles have us counting the days until spring! Hope you have a great weekend, Q.
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