Hooray for Hollywood…and other places

color, fabrics, Interior Designon April 12th, 2011No Comments

I recently had the pleasure to be present when Karen Reid , a New York based rep for Bergamo, gave a bombastic presentation of the spring textile and wallpaper collections from the family of Bergamo which includes the fabric houses Rubelli, Sahco and Donghia at the Scottsdale John Brooks Showroom.  What captured my imagination right away was the beauty of the new Donghia fabric “Hollywood” and only maybe because it was sitting on the easel as we were gathering for the presentation…there it was just demanding that I love it.  I did!

This stunning silk satin fabric looked liked the most fluid metal ever with flame stitching…my favorite color line was the cheerful ochre and gold.  This named fabric collection is inspired by places dotted across the US. like Jackson, Key West and Annapolis to name a few.  Jackson is a velvet inspired geometric design that shows itself well in copper and Annapolis is the perfect military stripe constructed in wool…may I shout “Attention!?”

Sahco has some equally beautiful fabrics.  “Contura” made me covet it’s beauty and I had to order a memo sample so that I could appreciate it privately with no one watching…sigh.  Numa, a contemporary “bull’s-eye” woven in silk was also inspirational and finally, Jolie, an embroidered linen is the perfect girlie girl’s companion.

Rubelli had the most delicious cotton velvet floral print that had some designers  at the presentation thinking fashion couture, not interior design.  Malvasia, as it is named, reminded me of watercolor class in college with stunning color pairings.  A companion stripe, Frezzeria, is the epitome of formal casual striping at its very best.  Yummy!

Fabric presentations like the one I attended here are the perks of my business.  Not always will I have the opportunity to place any of these fabrics in one of the interiors I design, but that doesn’t matter to me.  Looking at these fabric gems allows my creativity to spark…and then, who knows, maybe one day “Hollywood” will come to Phoenix!

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