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Joe Ruggiero Inspires Design Indoors & Out with Sunbrella Fabric

May 28, 2010

Miles Talbott is a family owned and operated custom built upholstery company whose mission is to design, build, and deliver affordable top quality furniture. They have teamed up with Joe Ruggiero to create the Joe Ruggiero Collection! Joe’s upholstery collection is all about comfortable style. Style that’s sleek, livable, and that provides a design foundation to build upon over the years. Joe’s designs let you customize each piece with choices of fabric especially those fabrics he has designed for Sunbrella® including BABE AMBER and the JOE’S PAISLEY in a beautiful blue and white fully reversible fabric.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon in Laguna Beach, hosted by Sunbrella® and Miles Talbott with Joe Ruggiero as the inspirational speaker discussing trends and translating them into fresh ideas for consumers. The luncheon had a better than expected attendance of designers from all over Southern California. Joe shared his inspiration with us from his travels all over the world, from Japan, Mexico, Italy, France, England, Ireland and many more destinations. Many years ago I invited Joe to speak at a seminar at Roger’s Gardens a unique Newport Beach destination to share his insights, his designs for Terra Furniture and his latest collection of Sunbrella® fabrics, the years of designing and traveling have enriched Joe’s presentation. I left the luncheon inspired once again.

Joe’s inspiration for his blue and white Sunbrella® fabrics came from his first hand knowledge of how tie-dye and indigo fabrics are produced in Japan. A photo he took in front of a French chateau before one of his daughter’s wedding has become the artwork above his melon and ochre color scheme that he developed from his travels to Mexico. Joe says taupe and mauve are a new good look. He especially likes monotone upholstery that he can punch up with colorful pillows and accessories, something that I love to do as well. One of my favorite new fabric that Joe designed is his signature fabric that he made to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of his HOME Collection. This fabric has Joe’s signature and when upholstered on a Miles Talbott (JR)Wong chair it is always unique. No two chairs will ever be the same, it is extraordinary! Joe’s Home Collection consists of upholstery for Miles Talbott, Wood furniture for Gat Creek, outdoor furniture for Terra Furniture, fabrics for Sunbrella® and all weather wicker for Woodard and Viro. He is also designing a lighting and accessory collection for Craftmade, bedding and drapery with his Sunbrella® Collection for Casa Fiora, reproductions of his original art collection for W. King Ambler and decorative trims for Phoenix Trims.

Joe confirmed my beliefs that ikat designs will continue to be popular. I loved his Sunbrella® Wolcott Country Stripe designed after French linen. Joe’s Tribeca upholstered Miles Talbott sofa is so versatile it can be configured in many different designs. I love Joe’s new bedding collection and the most unique application of an original photo imprinted onto Sunbrella® Sheers for a most unique design technique created by Casa Fiora.

Joe is a leader in identifying trends and if you ever have the pleasure of seeing him in person and listening to him speak it is a real treat.

Get inspired!

Thanks Joe for an inspirational lunch!! Marcia