September is Colorful at the BDC–and more

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A brief visit to the Boston Design Center yesterday inspired me to take some quick shots of colorful displays that include some interesting patterns.

Painted furniture at Grange

Painted furniture at Grange

Chocolate brown with turquoise was a theme at a few locations. Looks like this beautiful combination is here to stay for a while!

Chocolate Brown with Turquoise

Chocolate and Blue, or Turquoise, is here to stay for a while

Another view of this combination

More items in chocolate and turquoise

More of the chocolate-turquoise combination

This is Not at the BDC--but you can see the color combination works here at Silk Road Weaves, as well

LOOPY/Meandering from Silk Road Weaves

LOOPY/Meandering, in 100% Himalayan wool, from Silk Road Weaves

Back at the Boston Design Center, adding a twist of earthy yellow-green, Lee Jofa shows this great skirt!

Decor and Fashion - make the connection!

Connecting Decor with Fashion at Lee Jofa

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…

Ikat influence at Kravet

View into the Kravet showroom: Ikat influence in bedding design. It's more visible close-up.

..and in upholstery.  Easier to see closeup–this is a sort of  “animal print/ikat’ style.

Overall view of animal print, Ikat version

Animal print "goes Ikat," at M-Geough

A closer view of animal print, Ikat interpretation

A closer view of animal print, Ikat interpretation

Pillows get into the act, also

More Ikat-look

More of the Ikat influence

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:

Edelman leather

One "wall of color" at Edelman leather

More: a closeup of another section. Embossed, Furry, and in hundreds of colors.

Colors at Edelman

Dimension, color, and pattern in leather at Edelman

Do you know someone who can make a jacket for me of this beautiful embossed suede? I’d have to decide which color…

Embossed suede

Embossed Suede - and in beautiful colors, from Edelman

Last but not least, something really fun and dramatic for the right update-project:

Love the colors of this fantastic leather

Really Different - color and texture for just the right place.

2 Responses to “September is Colorful at the BDC–and more”

  1. debra disman

    Love this, Barbara!
    All of it!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Fun to see what the DC in another City is showing.
    A number of us were at the SW SFDC “Fall into Fabrics” Colormix event this week. It also was fun@!
    All the best,

  2. Paula Doelling-Lynn

    I really enjoyed you taking me into BDC while I sat in my Valparaiso, Indiana dining room.
    Lovely share, BJ;-)


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