American-Asian Inspired Sunbrella collection debuts
David Perry -- Casual Living, November 6, 2006
A new collection of Sunbrella fabrics by Joe Ruggiero, which debuted during the High Point Market, reflects a melding of American and Asian cultures. Names Americasia, the new fabrics feature classic styling, but with a contemporary interpretation in colors lighter than typically found in Asian design.
“Asian art and culture have been the inspiration for home furnishings for centuries, dating back to Chippendale in the 1700s,” said Ruggiero, a well-known home furnishings designer and HGTV personality. “Our new Sunbrella fabrics collection continues this tradition, but with an American twist to make the fabrics more relevant for today’s homeowners.”
Patterns in Americasia include Chip, inspired by Chippendale furniture fret work; Geisha, inspired by geisha kimonos Ruggiero discovered in Japan, and Kimono, a small-scale floral pattern based on garments often worn underneath more elaborate silk kimonos.
Five other new Sunbrella fabric collections Ruggiero introduced are Loft in Space, Chelsea Cottage, Malibu Country and New Traditions. A Studio Collection, consisting of contemporary patterns in bold geometrics drawn from those new groups, provided greater depths of color choices.
For more information, visit www.sunbrella.com or www.joeruggiero.com.