MICHELLE OGUNDEHIN

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November 17, 2018

SS19 Fabric

The SS19 Fabric collections are always such a pleasure. These materials have so much potential to transform any home. So when the one-stop-interiors-resource that is Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, asked all of its brands to preview its SS19 fabric launches ahead of the main Spring show, you can be sure I was there like a shot.

Such launches are also often early indicators of bigger themes to come. Accordingly, I’ve divided the 19 fabrics that caught my eye into The Textured Neutrals, The Fantastical Fabrics and The Colour Crushes! Read on to find out why…

The Textured Neutrals

As 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 popularity of digitally-printed patterns. An upsurge in real embroidery, thick bouclés and linens. Plus all and any other weaves with seriously touchy-feely tactility.

I noted too that many of the best designs were in greys, taupes and neutrals, which chimes perfectly with the Soft Scandi trend I’ve predicted to be on the horizon too. I’ve included close-up details of every SS19 fabric selected below, 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’ (N9012253002)

Shown in a ‘mineral’ colourway. 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)

Shown 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)

From the ‘Etamine’ collection at Zimmer + Rhode. Marvel at the subtlety 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. Thus do some of the best manufacturers offer us artworks by the metre. These prints embody all of the tempting texture of those hsown already, but add in an extra dollop of joy. Sometimes via glorious depictions of nature or the very physicality of the fabric itself. Think Indian flower gardens to mosaics and more.

‘Les Fleurs Bengale’ (B7624003)

Shown first in the ‘Garan’ colourway. And below that in ‘Mistral’ blues. By Pierre Frey. Intricate and exotic in one.

PS If you were ever in any doubt about the dedication and intricacy involved in the making of some of these fabrics, check out the video on the Pierre Frey Home page. An 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

‘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

‘Aglae’ (B7631001 Mint)

Also from Pierre Frey. 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

A Watts of Westminster fabric

At the time of writing, unnamed. 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 one season ago it was all about bonkers prints and mad flashy colours. But as I wrote in Happy Design, I didn’t think it would last because it was more knee-jerk reaction than considered response to the zeitgeist. Nevertheless, there’s still many a jolly print out there. However, I found myself drawn to those displaying what I’d call Earthy colours. Think deep burgundy, raspberry reds and a general sense of warmth.

It has to be said though, that it was quite unusual to see this many in a Spring/Summer preview. Especially combined with the generally thicker textures and weaves. It all felt quite Autumnal. And the one colour that really called to me — Terracotta. Woven through patterns, or celebrated on its own, something about this rich orangey 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.

‘Palopo Stripe’ (ARF 4060)

By A Rum Fellow, available from George Spencer Designs. Ruching makes a comeback, who knew!

SS19 fabric

‘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

‘Abstract 1928’ fabric (322670)

From the Icons Collection at Zoffany. Working those offbeat 1950s colours (see Milan 2017 Trend Report).

SS19 fabric

‘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

‘Petite Terrasse’ (19555 613)

In ‘Etamine’ at Zimmer and Rohde. Such a pleasure to touch and hold.

SS19 fabric

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

‘Hamada’ (132884)

In ‘Fuchsia/Marine’ from Harlequin. A kind of super sophisticated, and colourful, plaid.

SS19 fabric

‘Hamada’ (132884 Fucsia/Marine) from Harlequin

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

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

‘Pipe Dream’ (N9012254005 Spice)

From No.9 Thompson by Richard Smith. Exploiting the simplicity of the interwoven repeat. It harks back to the humble materials traditions of weaving and basketry.

SS19 fabric

‘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

‘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.

SS19 fabric

‘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

‘Verdi Applique’ (333015 Venetian)

Leading the terracotta charge, from the Icons Collection at Zoffany. Plus check out the detail — that stitching!

SS19 fabric

‘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

‘Zeppelin Coquelicot’ (07948002)

From Boussac. Graphically glorious in a perfect natural linen.

SS19 fabric

‘Zeppelin Coquelicot’ (07948002) from Boussac

Detail of 'Zeppelin Coquelicot' (07948002) from Boussac

Detail of ‘Zeppelin Coquelicot’ (07948002) from Boussac

And here are the SS19 wallpapers.

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