Veering Toward Velvet

Many of the design developments from 2013 are still going strong for the coming year including a love of brass, blue, nature inspired pattern and print and the appealing tactile quality of velvet. And like the return of flowering fabrics, velvet offers a plethora of possibilities for updates on tradition. With some final picks from Paris Deco Off, here a few favorites spied in my all too brief visit to the showrooms. Dedar introduced a full line of opulent options. The star of the show was their spectacular Coup de Foudre cupro velvet.

DEDAR coupe de foudre velvet

DEDAR velvetA gorgeous hand woven jacquard inspired by Persian designs, the two toned pattern is available is five luscious colorways including the eye popping pink and orange above and a rich blue variation below.

DEDAR coup de foudre  velvettwo previous photos courtesy of DEDAR

The Romeo & Giulietta Chiné is an incredibly elegant and rich silk velvet. Its subtle texture is achieved through a creative artisanal process. The yarns are tied into separate bundles, each dyed into three differing related tonalities giving an understated color variation to the finished fabric.

DEDAR Romeo & Giulietta Chine velvet

Artfully displayed in their Rue de Seine pop up shop, it stands in front of their new satin Funky Stripes

DEDAR velvet with satin Funky Stripes

DEDAR Romeo & Giulietta chine silk velvetand looks exquisite on this classic chinoiserie chair.

DEDAR velvetphoto courtesy of DEDAR

Hop, a whimsically retro patterned cotton velvet sits under DEDAR’s glorious new Pure Damask, a luxurious contrasting combination of wool and silk.

DEDAR cotton velvet Hop with Pure Damask

Jim Thompson introduced their sumptuous Chedi silk velvet as part of the new Temple of Dawn collection. With a truly luxurious hand, it would enhance any environment.

Jim Thompson Chedi silk velvetHand finished for an antique feel and appearance, Chedi is named for the sacred part of the temple that houses important relics. In 18 lush colorways, it catches the light so you can see the contasting warp, as here with the lustrous gold threads peek through – truly beautiful.

Jim Thompson Chedi silk velvet

For something a little more baroque, Pierre Frey presented Visconti in their Fadini Borghi line. A classic Louis XIV style pattern, the velvet is available in the neutral Sabbia, below, and Carminio, a rich renaissance red. I love how they styled this – old and new – it’s the key to a fresh take on tradition.

Fadini Borghi Visconti velvetphoto courtesy of Pierre Frey/Fadini Borghi

Lastly, the pattern driven fabrics at Fortuny are finally joined by some splendid solids. In Paris, the company premiered two beautiful new velvets. Brioso is a 100% mohair velvet. I’m afraid my photo doesn’t do justice to its rich and robust texture and subtle color, perfect to pair with the printed fabrics in the line.

Fortuny Brioso mohair velvet

Legato, below in Old Rose, is a luxurious cashmere (70%) and silk (30%) velvet. For those of you familiar with this fabrication from fashion, it offers a super soft fabulous drape and is a welcome and versatile addition to the collection.

Fortuny Legato cashmere & silk velvet

Stay tuned later this week for a very special take on the NYBG Orchid Dinner and coming next week, the exciting premier of our new video series.

9 thoughts on “Veering Toward Velvet

  1. Our old sofa stood the test of time. The sofa had been passed down to us, it was covered in velvet and then I had it reupholstered in a green velvet and it lives on in the house where my son and three other gentleman live. I think velvet is as elegant as it is durable.

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