September is Colorful at the BDC–and more
A brief visit to the Boston Design Center yesterday inspired me to take some quick shots of colorful displays that include some interesting patterns.
Chocolate brown with turquoise was a theme at a few locations. Looks like this beautiful combination is here to stay for a while!
Another view of this combination
This is Not at the BDC--but you can see the color combination works here at Silk Road Weaves, as well
Back at the Boston Design Center, adding a twist of earthy yellow-green, Lee Jofa shows this great skirt!
Personally, I love the connection between decor-and-fashion. (More about this in some future posts)
The tribal look of Ikat weaving is looming large. In this case, probably not genuine tribal Ikat, but it’s the look that people see.
What is Ikat? a quick technical note…
True Ikat, a method of weaving that involves dyeing a design on the loom, is a highly labor-intensive process. Imagine this: Attach the warp materials (thread or yarn, running lengthwise) on the loom to prepare for weaving. Tie off specific areas of the warp, on the loom, to create the basis for the design. Then, weave your design with yarns or threads previously dyed in a specific way to intersect with the dyed warp. That’s just the quick-story of only one method of Ikat dye and weaving process.
If you want to find out more about Ikat weaving, look for one of my favorite books on the subject, coming soon to our Design Library.
More evidence of this influence, in bedding…
..and in upholstery. Easier to see closeup–this is a sort of “animal print/ikat’ style.
Pillows get into the act, also
When I got to the Edelman leathers showroom, the beautiful displays were really inspiring. For example, just one of their walls of color and texture:
More: a closeup of another section. Embossed, Furry, and in hundreds of colors.
Do you know someone who can make a jacket for me of this beautiful embossed suede? I’d have to decide which color…
Last but not least, something really fun and dramatic for the right update-project: