Global influences dominate latest Ruggiero fabric designs
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, September 30, 2010
Indigo dyeing from Japan, lattes from Europe and potters clay from the South of France - these are just a few of the global influences within the latest Joe Ruggiero fabrics for Sunbrella and Miles Talbott debuting at this month's High Point Market.
"The more I travel around the U.S. conducting design seminars with retailers, the more I am reminded of how consumers are drawn to internationally inspired home décor," Ruggiero said. "I am often asked how my travels around the world have inspired my designs, and you'll see answers to that question throughout the Miles Talbott showroom this market."
For fall market, Ruggiero has created four new Sunbrella fabric collections - House of Blues, Baked Clay, Morning Room and Café Europa. Each of the fabric groups includes new patterns as well as new colorways for popular Ruggiero designs previously introduced.
House of Blues
Indigo dyeing is one of the oldest techniques for adding color to fabrics, having originated in Asia where organic plant material was fermented to create a distinctive blue color. Ruggiero's House of Blues collection is based on the latest textiles technology that closely approximates the ancient dyeing process.
"We have been working on this fabric coloration for a number of years and have really hit on the right formula this year," Ruggiero said. "Our new indigo fabrics offer the inky, deep blue of authentic indigo."
Tesora is the lead pattern in this fabric group, featuring stylized flowers strewn against a bright white background for a dramatic, contrasting effect.
Zig Zag is a new Ruggiero pattern based on small zig zag lines that create the impression of a solid color. Look for contrast welting setting off the deep blue color.
The South of France is well known for artisan potters who use native clays to create distinctive works of art. It is the color of these native soils that inspired Ruggiero's Baked Clay group.
"We introduced the Zulu pattern at a previous market, and it was very well received," Ruggiero said. "It's a highly geometric, quilt-like look that we have re-colored in Barley. "We are continuing to create new colorways for our most popular patterns to add variety and depth to the line with known winners."
Another reintroduction in the Baked Clay group is Romeo, a textural pattern available in the color Parchment. Romeo is a tiny geometric with a chenille yarn running throughout.
Paris of the 1930s is the inspiration for the Morning Room group, reflecting art deco architecture and classic French fashion. The name Morning Room comes from the casting created by morning sunlight.
Moonshine in the color Taffy is the first pattern in this group. It was influenced by murals featured in Parisian hotels of the 1930s. The pattern is an art deco interpretation of circles and squares.
Remix in the color Slate is a classic Provence stripe. It features a raised portion of boucle yarn with the look and feel of velvet.
"Remix is one of the most interesting stripes I have ever done," Ruggiero said. "It combines a series of thick and thin lines and features a raised velvet-like section within colors of slate and neutrals."
All of Europe's favorite coffee beverages are reflected in the Café Europa group. Hints of cappuccino, espresso and latte appear within a range of coffee colors. A creamy latte ground sets off each of the patterns.
Joe's Garden in the color Autumn is a series of strewn leaves. Ruggiero created the pattern from foliage in his own California garden, pressing leaves against a creamy coffee background. The result is highly organic.
"We had such a positive reaction during the last market to the pattern Chevy because of its unique hand that we are bringing it back this market in a coffee-milky coloration," Ruggiero said. "It is a great addition to this overall group in terms of coordination."
"There doesn't appear to be any limit to color, texture and hand with Sunbrella performance fabrics for interiors," Ruggiero said. "From our travels around the country, we know we are right on trend with our color palettes. It's been exciting to introduce interior designers to the sophisticated look of the new generation Sunbrella fabrics."
All of Ruggerio's latest fabric and upholstery introductions can be seen at the Miles Talbott showroom in High Point at 1690 English Road during the High Point market, which is scheduled for Oct. 16-21.
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