Trendbulletin: SS19 fabric preview

I can always cheerfully lose myself in the pleasures of new fabrics and wallpapers for these materials have so much potential to radically transform any home. I also think launches here are often an early indicator of  bigger themes to come as these worlds, with their Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter shows every year, inevitably move somewhat faster than those of furniture and hard accessories. Thus, when the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, the one-stop-interiors-resource extraordinaire, asked all of its fabric brands to exclusively preview their favourite new launches ahead of the main Spring/Summer 2019 show next March, you can be sure I was there like a shot. And so, herewith nineteen fabrics that caught my eye (wallpapers to come in a separate post), and why…

The Textured Neutrals

As our world becomes increasingly screen-based, and our days find us constantly in contact only with artificially smooth phones, computers and tablets, the growing desire for tactility, as respite, is a priority. As physical, sensory beings we have a primal need to surround ourselves with surfaces that thrill our fingertips or tempt our toes. Our sense of touch is quite frankly good for us! Tactile stimulation is known to trigger oxytocin, the love hormone; it also lowers cortisol levels, reducing anxiety and stress. It is the language of compassion, helping us bond and connect with other people, and our pets. In short, when we reach out and touch something, or someone, we become happier and healthier as a result. And so, as I indicated in my TrendBulletin Posh Povera, authentic texture in the home will soon be a must-have (as it always should have been to be honest!). In terms of fabrics therefore, I predict a demise in the popularity of digitally-printed patterns, and an upsurge in real embroidery, thick bouclés, linens and all other weaves with seriously touchy-feely texture. And I noted that many of the best were in greys, taupes and neutrals, which chimes perfectly with the Sofa Scandi/Humble Materials trends on the horizon too (I’ll post more about these very soon). I’ve included close-up details of every one too so you can really see what makes them magnificent…

1 ‘Bardi in Peacock’ (M570/02) from Mark Alexander. Woven like a soft fabric basket in grey.

'Bardi in Peacock' (M570/02) from Mark Alexander

‘Bardi in Peacock’ (M570/02) from Mark Alexander

Detail of 'Bardi in Peacock' (M570/02) from Mark Alexander

Detail of ‘Bardi in Peacock’ (M570/02) from Mark Alexander

2 ‘Marmolada’ fabric (Z576/02) from Zinc Textile. A fabulous knobbly delight!

'Marmolada' fabric (Z576/02) from Zinc Textile

‘Marmolada’ fabric (Z576/02) from Zinc Textile

Detail of 'Marmolada' fabric (Z576/02) from Zinc Textile

Detail of ‘Marmolada’ fabric (Z576/02) from Zinc Textile

3 ‘Tetris’ fabric in a Mineral colour way (N9012253002) from Fox Linton. Sophistication in neutrals.

'Tetris' fabric in a Mineral colour way (N9012253002) from Fox Linton

‘Tetris’ fabric in a Mineral colour way (N9012253002) from Fox Linton

Detail of the 'Tetris' fabric in a Mineral colour way (N9012253002) from Fox Linton

Detail of the ‘Tetris’ fabric in a Mineral colour way (N9012253002) from Fox Linton

4 ‘Patchwork Marquetry’ (83-251) in 100% linen from the David Collins Studio Collection for Baker.

'Patchwork Marquetry' (83-251) in 100% linen from the David Collins Studio Collection for Baker

‘Patchwork Marquetry’ (83-251) in 100% linen from the David Collins Studio Collection for Baker

Detail of 'Patchwork Marquetry' (83-251) in 100% linen from the David Collins Studio Collection for Baker

Detail of ‘Patchwork Marquetry’ (83-251) in 100% linen from the David Collins Studio Collection for Baker

5 ‘Coronation’ (Buckwheat 02) from Brentano at Altfield. With the appearance of an embroidered felt.

'Coronation' (Buckwheat 02) from Brentano at Altfield

‘Coronation’ (Buckwheat 02) from Brentano at Altfield

Detail of 'Coronation' (Buckwheat 02) from Brentano at Altfield

Detail of ‘Coronation’ (Buckwheat 02) from Brentano at Altfield

6 ‘Morandi’ (L9226-04 in Ebony) from Colefax and Fowler. Classic, yet complex, stitchery on a crumply linen.

'Morandi' (L9226-04 in Ebony) from Colefax and Fowler

‘Morandi’ (L9226-04 in Ebony) from Colefax and Fowler

Detail of 'Morandi' (L9226-04 in Ebony) from Colefax and Fowler

Detail of ‘Morandi’ (L9226-04 in Ebony) from Colefax and Fowler

7 ‘Tozer’ (19549 576) fabric from the ‘Etamine’ collection at Zimmer + Rhode. Marvel at the subtle complexity of the colours!

'Tozer' (19549 576) fabric from the 'Etamine' collection at Zimmer + Rhode

‘Tozer’ (19549 576) fabric from the ‘Etamine’ collection at Zimmer + Rhode

Detail of 'Tozer' (19549 576) from the 'Etamine' collection at Zimmer + Rhode

Detail of ‘Tozer’ (19549 576) fabric from the ‘Etamine’ collection at Zimmer + Rhode

The Fantastical Fabrics

The capacity of a fabric to tell a story, to literally weave a narrative across a length is unparalleled, and some of the best manufacturers really offer us artworks by the metre. These prints embody all of the tempting texture of the above, but add in an extra dollop of joy with glorious depictions of nature or the very physicality of the fabric itself, conjuring Indian flower gardens to mosaics and more…

1 ‘Les Fleurs Bengale’ (B7624003 Garan) by Pierre Frey. Intricate and exotic in one. PS If you were ever in any doubt about the absolute dedication and intricacy of creating some of these fabrics, check out the video on the Pierre Frey Home page of the making of one of its fabrics — the absolutely extraordinary marriage of hand and machine.

'Les Fleurs Bengale' (B7624003 Garan) by Pierre Frey

‘Les Fleurs Bengale’ (B7624003 Garan) by Pierre Frey

Detail of 'Les Fleurs Bengale' (B7624003 Garan) by Pierre Frey

Detail of ‘Les Fleurs Bengale’ (B7624003 Garan) by Pierre Frey

'Les Fleurs Bengale' (B7624001 Mistral) with coordinating border (B7645) by Pierre Frey

‘Les Fleurs Bengale’ (B7624001 Mistral) with coordinating border (B7645) by Pierre Frey

2 ‘Mosaico’ (407/3587) Multicolore Indaco, Luigi Bevilacqua at Alton Brooke. Wonderfully narrative. And I loved both the blue and the grey colour way. Each felt quite different. See detail pictures below.

'Mosaico' (407/3587) Multicolore Indaco, Luigi Beuilacqua at Alton Brooke

‘Mosaico’ (407/3587) Multicolore Indaco, Luigi Bevilacqua at Alton Brooke

Detail of 'Mosaico' (407/3587) Multicolore Indaco, Luigi Beuilacqua at Alton Brooke

Detail of ‘Mosaico’ (407/3587) Multicolore Indaco, Luigi Bevilacqua at Alton Brooke

Detail of 'Mosaico' (401/3587) Multicolore Azzuro, Luigi Beuilacqua at Alton Brooke

Detail of ‘Mosaico’ in an alternative colour way: (401/3587) Multicolore Azzuro, Luigi Bevilacqua at Alton Brooke

3 ‘Aglae’ (B7631001 Mint) from Pierre Frey. Another absolutely extraordinary design from the French furnishing fabric brand par excellence. PS the yellow tone on the left is unfortunately from the overhead lighting when I took the picture, not an integral part of the design!

'Aglae' (B7631001 Mint) from Pierre Frey

‘Aglae’ (B7631001 Mint) from Pierre Frey

Detail of 'Aglae' (B7631001 Mint) from Pierre Frey

Detail of ‘Aglae’ (B7631001 Mint) from Pierre Frey

4 A Watts of Westminster fabric that didn’t as yet have a name. A thick velvety plush weave in striking peach tones and black.

Watts of Westminster fabric

Watts of Westminster fabric

Details of Watts of Westminster fabric

Detail of Watts of Westminster fabric

The Colour Crushes

Just a season ago it was all about bonkers prints and mad flashy colours. But as I wrote in my Trendbulletin Happy Design, I didn’t think it would last because it was more knee-jerk reaction than considered response to the zeitgeist. Sure there’s many a jolly print out there still, however I was more drawn to those displaying what I’d call Earthy colours — think deep burgundy, raspberry reds and a general sense of warmth. Quite unusual in fact to see this many in a Spring/Summer preview; and combined with the generally thicker textures and weaves, it all felt really quite Autumnal. Especially as the colour that really called to me was Terracotta. Woven through many a pattern, or celebrated on its own, something about this rich red just felt very authentic and ‘right’. Call it a hunch, but I think we’ll be seeing more of this hue in the months to come.

1 ‘Palopo Stripe’ (ARF 4060 by A Rum Fellow, available from George Spencer Designs. Ruching makes a comeback, who knew!

'Palopo Stripe' (ARF 4060 by A Rum Fellow, available from George Spencer Design

‘Palopo Stripe’ (ARF 4060 by A Rum Fellow, available from George Spencer Designs

Detail of 'Palopo Stripe' (ARF 4060 by A Rum Fellow, available from George Spencer Design

Detail of ‘Palopo Stripe’ (ARF 4060 by A Rum Fellow, available from George Spencer Designs

2 ‘Abstract 1928’ fabric (322670) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany. Working those offbeat 1950s colours (see Milan 2017 Trend Report).

'Abstract 1928' fabric (322670) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany

‘Abstract 1928’ fabric (322670) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany

Detail of 'Abstract 1928' fabric (322670) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany

Detail of ‘Abstract 1928’ fabric (322670) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany

3 ‘Petite Terrasse’ (19555 613), Etamine at Zimmer and Rohde. Such a pleasure to touch and hold.

Detail of 'Petite Terrasse' (19555 613), Etamine at Zimmer and Rohde

Detail of ‘Petite Terrasse’ (19555 613), Etamine at Zimmer and Rohde

4 ‘Hamada’ (132884 Fuchsia/Marine) from Harlequin. A kind of super sophisticated, and colourful, plaid.

'Hamada' (132884 Fucsia/Marine) from Harlequin

‘Hamada’ (132884 Fucsia/Marine) from Harlequin

Detail of 'Hamada' (132884 Fucsia/Marine) from Harlequin

Detail of ‘Hamada’ (132884 Fucsia/Marine) from Harlequin

5 ‘Pipe Dream’ (N9012254005 Spice) from No.9 Thompson by Richard Smith. Exploiting the simplicity of the interwoven repeat, harking back again to the humble materials traditions of weaving and basketry.

'Pipe Dream' (N9012254005 Spice) from No.9 Thompson by Richard Smith

‘Pipe Dream’ (N9012254005 Spice) from No.9 Thompson by Richard Smith

Detail of 'Pipe Dream' (N9012254005 Spice) from No.9 Thompson by Richard Smith

Detail of ‘Pipe Dream’ (N9012254005 Spice) from No.9 Thompson by Richard Smith

6 ‘Izapa’ (ARF66) by A Rum Fellow, available via George Spencer Designs. Another classic pattern elevated by its tactility. A digital print could never compare to this.

'Izapa' (ARF66) by A Rum Fellow, available via George Spencer Design

‘Izapa’ (ARF66) by A Rum Fellow, available via George Spencer Designs

Detail of 'Izapa' (ARF66) by A Rum Fellow, available via George Spencer Design

Detail of ‘Izapa’ (ARF66) by A Rum Fellow, available via George Spencer Designs

7 Leading the terracotta charge, ‘Verdi Applique’ (333015 Venetian) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany. Plus check out the detail — that stitching!

'Verdi Applique' (333015 Venetian) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany

‘Verdi Applique’ (333015 Venetian) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany

Detail of 'Verdi Applique' (333015 Venetian) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany

Detail of ‘Verdi Applique’ (333015 Venetian) from the Icons Collection at Zoffany

8 ‘Zeppelin Coquelicot’ (07948002) from Boussac. Graphically glorious in a perfect natural linen.

'Zeppelin Coquelicot' (07948002) from Boussac

‘Zeppelin Coquelicot’ (07948002) from Boussac

Detail of 'Zeppelin Coquelicot' (07948002) from Boussac

Detail of ‘Zeppelin Coquelicot’ (07948002) from Boussac

 

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