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Design Team Favorites: Fabrics and Wallcoverings

Designers deal with fabrics and wallcoverings daily.  It is their discerning eye that can look at two fabric samples, which to others might seem identical, and determine which would look best on a piece a furniture.   Presented with new samples daily, most of the designers have pinned up the fabrics they love or that inspire them around their desks. This month, we asked everyone  to share their current favorites. With so much love for fabrics and wallcoverings, you might just call us a bunch of …

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1. Pierre Frey ‘Grace’ in Confetti – Kelly Caron 2. Mark Alexander ‘Trip’ in Mojave – Kristin Magowitz 3. Larsen ‘Philmore’ in Red Tulip – Kelly Caron 4. Lorca ‘Coquine’ in Fuschia-Buttermilk – Courtney Enright 5. Manuel Canovas ‘Kazan’ in Rose Indien – Kelly Caron 6. Pierre Frey ‘Eve’ in Confetti – Kelly Caron 7. Stanford Furniture ‘Fine Linen’ – Jenny Ladutko 8. Brentano ‘Coloratura’ in Giovanna – Lisa Whitley 9. Manuel Canovas ‘Bella’ in Rose Indien – Courtney Enright 10. Schumacher ‘Betwixt’ in Spark-Ivory – Heather Lemieux 

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1. Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Shumacher ‘Darya Ikat’ in Caravan – Diane Lancaster 2. Donghia ‘Casino’ in Color Mirage – Diane Lancaster 3. Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Shumacher ‘Adras Ikat’ in Caravan – Diane Lancaster 4. Schumacher ‘Imperial Trellis in Velvet’ in Chartreuse – Diane Lancaster 5. Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Shumacher ‘Sinhala Linen’ in Bittersweet – Diane Lancaster 6. Threads for Lee Jofa in ‘Exuberance’ in Indigo-Celery – Lisa Whitley 7. Designtex ‘W’ in Pear – Katherine Brink 8. Osbourne & Little ‘Catamaran’ in Marina – Heather Lemieux 9. Larsen ‘Sunset’ in Grass Green – Kelly Caron 10. Kravet Couture ‘Fluid Design’ in Quince – Heather Lemieux

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1. Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks ‘Water Stripe’ in Juniper-Lake – Laura Page 2. Holland and Sherry ‘Dedale’ in Celadon – Adrienne Warner 3. Zoffany ‘Amoura’ in Emerald-Lime – Laura Page 4. Elitis ‘En Plein Desir’ in Aqua – Haley Grant 5. Designtex ‘Loop to Loop’ in Lagoon – Katherine Brink 6. Larsen ‘Edendale’ in Poppy Gold – Cindy Munn 7. Brunschwig & Fils ‘Zhen Velvet’ in Sapphire – Marianna Barbrey 8. Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Shumacher ‘Adras Ikat’ in Sky – Lisa Whitley  9. Link Outdoor ‘Zinnia’ in Azure – Adrienne Warner 10. Brunschwig & Fils ‘Bamboo Trellis’ in Blue – Marianna Barbrey

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1. Clarence House ‘Labyrinth’ in Pale Blue – Jenny Ladutko 2. Jane Churchill ‘Oriel’ in Red and Blue – Heather Lemieux 3. Clarence House ‘Tibet Print’ in Pale Blue – Kelly Caron 4. Kerry Joyce Textiles ‘Rigoletto’ in Lagoon – Marianna Barbrey 5. Manuel Canovas ‘Safari’ in Jade – Heather Lemieux 6. Phillip Jeffries ‘Imperial Gates’ in Dove and Taupe on Linen – Heather Lemieux 7. Robert Allen ‘Calming Effect’ in Cornflower – Laura Page 8. Castel – ‘Kasuri’ in Nattier – Lisa Whitley 9. Elitis ‘Vulcano’ in VP 744 06 – Laura Page 10. Donghia ‘Stitch in Time’ in Rainforest Yellow – Laura Page

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1. Hickory Chair ‘3928-99’ – Laura Page 2. Larsen ‘Sunset’ in Spice – Laura Page 3. China Seas ‘Aga Reverse’ in Brown on Tinted – Emily Morrel 4. Schumacher ‘Soho Weave’ in Charcoal – Heather Lemieux 5. Hickory Chair ‘3943-96’ in Gray-Black – Kristin Magowitz  6. M&K Textiles ‘Coral’ in Akbar Gray – Emily Morrel 7. Phillip Jeffries ‘The Voyage Collection’ in Grey on Raffia – Heather Lemieux 8. Pine Cone Hill ‘Painted Stripes in Linen Grey’ – Jennifer Jukofsky 9. Hickory Chair ‘3937-68’ in Gray-Black – Kristin Magowitz

The pictures of some of these gorgeous textiles don’t do them justice or show some of the incredible detail.  To see samples or for more information send us an email at info@jbanksdesign.com.

xo,

JB

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A San Francisco Treat

A few weeks ago, Joni and I were in San Francisco meeting with our new clients who have purchased a casali (farmhouse) at Castello di Casole.  One of the best things about travel is being inspired by the people and places we visit.  San Francisco is such a beautiful city with its own cool vibe and fabulous views. We were only there two days but accomplished a lot with our clients and managed to squeeze in a bit of fun as well!

Here are a few photos of some things we found particularly inspiring in San Fran!

The lobby at the Clift Hotel was designed by Philippe Stark. The colors are warm with pops of pale pink.  The dim lighting and dramatic fireplace create a very intimate, cozy space.

Yes – That is a huge oversized chair!

We met up with my friend Shannon (former J Bankser) at the Red Room Bar.

We fell in love with these classic Art Deco light fixtures.

Instead of a chocolate on your pillow, they leave you a postcard with these words of wisdom. Who knew Mark Twain was into fashion?!?

We did have a chance to get in a little retail therapy and were excited to see that color is definitely here for spring.

Joni introduced me to my newest LOVE… Britex Fabrics. Located downtown on Geary Street, this place is four stories of Designer Disneyland!

The fourth floor is all remnants of fabrics at great prices. Check out our haul!

Look for these Missoni fabrics on our retail floor soon. (Pillows or a fab ottoman?)

Baci,

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Q & A with Joni Vanderslice : Showtime ITMA Market

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Joni Vanderslice to discuss her experiences at the December 2011 Showtime ITMA (International Textile Market Association) textile, leather and trimmings market. The Showtime market, located in High Point, NC, is a biannual event and is the largest trade show for textiles, leather and trimmings in the Western Hemisphere. It is a pre-eminent upholstery event and showcases the latest and greatest in new product introductions and color trends. The show boasts more than 113 professional exhibitors and is attended by more than 800 international trade visitors with direct buying power. Showtime is essentially the beginning of any fabric’s story.  If you have ever owned a couch, sat in an upholstered booth at a restaurant or purchased window treatments of any kind, the fabric used to make those items first appeared here.

JB: What was your primary reason for attending the fabric market this year?

Joni: My primary reason for attending the market this year was to select fabrics for the upholstered pieces of my Spring 2012 J Banks Collection.

JB: What particular fabric patterns, textures and materials were you looking for?

Joni: I was focused on finding ikats, suzannis, trellis designs, boucles, flocked velvet on linen and Belgian linens.

JB: Speaking of being focused, how did you prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed with the multitude of choices?

Joni: I think it is important to go into these situations knowing what you are looking for and keeping your focus narrow.

JB: What particular trends did you see that you were impressed with? 

Joni: There were so many beautiful new fabrics but I really loved the pieces with tribal influences. I was also very excited to see more true Belgian linens being offered.  This was a very rare option just a few short years ago so to see these fabrics readily available is really exciting for designers.

JB: You brought some fabric samples to share with us.  Can you tell us a little bit about those? 

Joni: Sure. Of course I was looking for suzannis and ikats. These Valdese (top left) fabrics were great and I loved the flame patterned  fabric and the Missoni inspired fabric. I found this great Robert Allen (below right) flocked velvet.  The trellis design (above left) particularly appealed to me in that it features a pattern composed of X’s and O’s which has become a recurring motif of J Banks.

JB: We can’t wait to see how these fabrics look on the new J Banks Collection pieces that will be unveiled at the April High Point Furniture Market.  Thanks for sharing with us Joni! JB

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