• Cindy W. Hodnett

Ruggiero brings art to life in Sunbrella introductions

Designer explores Bauhaus, haikus and indigo at Showtime

HIGH POINT — Art and interior design go hand-in-hand, and designer Joe Ruggiero underscores the connection with his latest collection for Sunbrella


During Showtime on June 5-8, Ruggiero will present three new Sunbrella collections themed around the Bauhaus movement, haiku poetry and indigo dyeing. Ruggiero said that he wanted to illustrate the profound influence of art on interior design with the new introductions.

“Of all the defining characteristics of humanity as a species, none is more basic than the inclination to make art,” Ruggiero said. “My career has taken me to many beautiful parts of the world, where I have been able to appreciate and interact with various art forms. It’s these experiences that have influenced my latest designs for Showtime.”

Bauhaus Movement 

Bauhaus was an art school in Germany in the early 20th century which was heavily shaped by modernism. Ruggiero said he was drawn to the use of geometrics, especially in home décor, and translated this use of geometric figures to his pattern Artscape. He noted that the varied rectangles and subtly shifting color make Artscape very much of the Bauhaus time period and also adaptable to today’s interiors. Artscape is available in Parchment, Pebble, Denim and Lime.

Haiku poetry

A traditional form of Japanese poetry, haiku’s simplicity inspired Ruggiero’s design of Wire and Organic. Wire features a honeycomb design with a repeat, available in Indigo, Teal, Classic, Pebble, Melon and Lime. Organic showcases the advancements in Sunbrella textiles with a lace-like leaf skeleton, once

only able to be accomplished with hand-embroidery techniques. Organic is available in Melon, Lime, Slate, Charcoal and Indigo.

Indigo dyeing

Among the oldest dyes to be used for art and textile dyeing, indigo is experiencing a resurgence in home décor. Kinza was inspired by Japanese design and is similar to a distressed herringbone. Highlighting an Ikat pattern throughout, Kinza is available in Indigo, Sky, Stone, Wren and Melon.

Nara has a pattern similar to tribal island body decoration, a nod to cultural influences trending in home décor and textiles. Nara is available in Indigo, Teal, Ebony, Stone, Taupe and Putty.

Azore is a stripe in watercolor-like shades and references traditional hand-dyeing techniques. It is available in Lagoon, Mist, Slate, Wren and Moss. 

Stix is a whimsical take on chopsticks and is available in Indigo, Lime, Taupe and Stone. Huntsman, a chenille, features a soft texture and deep color range and was designed as a go-with pattern and a staple textile for larger upholstered pieces. In addition to Indigo, this fabric is available in Lagoon, Stone, Earth, Bark, Latte, Putty, Flax, Pebble and Salt.

“Art is a universal language, and I hope the fabrics in my newest Sunbrella collection further illustrate these varied and uniquely-beautiful world art forms,” Ruggiero said.  


Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.

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