Ever wonder how designers seem to be able to match fabrics so perfectly—even those that seem at first blush to be completely incompatible? Well, of course, they get a lot of training, not the least of which involves representatives of fabric houses who do presentations for them using new patterns from their collections.
Ilan Fulop, who runs Rockville Interiors with his father, Tom, was kind enough to invite me to a presentation where reps from Duralee, Kravet and Fabricut/Stroheim introduced their new patterns for the spring. It was a great excuse to go out to their new—much bigger—showroom on Randolph Road, and it was also great to see a place where people can shop for designer fabrics at retail.
Chris Berry started off the presentation with new Duralee/Highland Court patterns. I’m a sucker for fabrics, so I was in seventh heaven.
The big news with Duralee is that they recently acquired Bailey & Griffin, whose archival pattern (above) has been restored and updated with fresh new colors. Here’s what it looks like on pillows:
It’s hard to describe these presentations, because the reps have such interesting stories to tell as they flip through the new fabrics. Even the way they flip through the fabrics is pretty cool!
So, with they help of my 12-year-old son, Henry, I put together some video clips, so you can hear them for yourself.
Next up was Rich Jones with Kravet, which also owns Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils. I loved how he showed the fabrics in combination with new rug designs by Aerin Lauder.
(First, here’s the lovely Aerin herself:)
Now, you can see her rug samples on top of the fabric patters — perfectly matched!
These companies also produce wall coverings in addition to fabrics. My personal favorite from Kravet was a new collection produced from recycled newspapers.
And he also had cool stories to tell. Note in this video where he makes a reference to 500 as he displays a rich, cut-velvet fabric. That refers to the price per yard!
Last up (but not least!) was Jay Guerin with Fabricut/Stroheim. I was loving Stroheim’s Dana Gibson patterns—so preppy and chic:
Here’s what Jay had to say about the collection, which also includes wall coverings:
Here’s some other patterns that spoke to me, from Fabricut and Stroheim:
Rockville Interiors is truly full service, so if you see a fabric you love, they have a workroom right in the back where you can have anything fabricated, from window treatments to upholstery to bed skirts.
Many thanks to Ilan and his fantastic staff for hosting the event! Ilan is below, at left, with his sister-in-law, Stephanie Fulop a designer with Rockville Interiors.