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Bright Spots

January 19, 2010

In the midst of our dreary winter and drearier news, manufacturers are adding some colorful designs and fun lines to the fabrics, wallcovering and furniture industry.  Below are a few examples of what we have seen since the beginning of the year. These should help cheer things up a bit.

Maharam has introduced a new line of large scale digitally printed wall installations.  They’ve collaborated with up-and-coming artists as well as established artists to bring us their “Maharam Digital Project.”   Also, from Maharam, are some fantastic new contract fabrics that absolutely pop with color. These new fabrics are “modern interpretations” of folkloric motifs updated with strong color combinations.

Lightening up the commercial furnishings industry is Arcadia with their new “Islands Modular” furniture. Minimal in design and light in scale these pieces mix and match to form endless seating opportunities for public areas, lobbies, and waiting rooms. Just imagine these pieces upholstered in a bright leather or one of the new Maharam fabrics…the possibilities are endless.

Maharam Digital Projects

Maharam Digital Projects

Maharam Fabrics

Maharam Fabrics


Arcadia Islands Modular

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Color of the Year!

January 7, 2010

Here it is the moment we have all been waiting for….the color of the year for 2010 has been determined!  The winner is Turquoise.119705-pantone_lg

(according to – Kitchen & Bath Designs) 


This is also supported by fashion writer Samantha Critchell, see the article below from Yahoo’s headliner today.

NEW YORK – If color is any guide, we’ll be moving into vacation mode in 2010 with the world awash in tropical turquoise, forecasters say.

Turquoise was selected as the color of 2010 by Pantone, a company that supplies and tracks color for fashion and home decor, among other industries. Fashion insiders agreed the color is on the rise.

“Turquoise is universally appealing. It puts everyone in the same state of mind — on vacation,” says Jane Schoenborn, design director at Lilly Pulitzer. “Turquoise for us is a really big color. A lot of times it’s transporting, whether you’re actually going to a resort destination or not.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says there was no runner-up to turquoise in her mind because people crave escapism and freshness after a tough year. The shade is on the cusp of blue and green, which makes it both inviting and serene — characteristics associated with blues — and invigorating and luminous, which comes from green, she says.

“Transporting” was a word many used for turquoise, a shade that takes designer Tommy Hilfiger to the beach, especially the Caribbean, St. Tropez, France, or Southern California, which served as the inspiration for his newest collection. In jewelry, he thinks of the American Southwest, or Central or South America.

“The women in my life wear it on vacation and it looks great with a suntan at the beach,” Hilfiger says.

Interior designer Charlotte Moss says she turns to turquoise to liven up a look that otherwise seems stilted or conservative — and it pairs nicely with a wide range of colors more typical to home decor: gray, navy, black and white. “We’re looking for things that are that are flexible and more universal, and that is turquoise,” she says.

Pantone’s color for 2009 was mimosa yellow, intended to carry a hopeful, optimistic message. Eiseman says the public is shifting gears as the economy shows some improvement: They are ready to fantasize a bit about the beach resort.


I have to say I agree.  After going to Bermuda recently after Christmas I am still having flashbacks of the turquoise water color.  Here are some pictures of the water…wow!   Why not design into your home or office colors that you love and that make you feel great.  Now you have the official reason to do just that.   Tropical… beautiful… turquoise.  Oh the beach.




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