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Designer Terms Defined: Gauffrage

Every now and then, we will explain through descriptive text and visual images, terms that we use regularly but that may be new to you. The proper terminology will undoubtedly bring out your inner designer, so without further ado:

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Andre de Dauphine - Diva Gaufffrage in Silk Velvet

Gauffrage on a silk velvet

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Example of a Gauffrage embossing roller - lelievre -eu

A gauffrage hot pressure cylinder.  You can see how the pattern from the cylinder would transfer to the fabric.

Edelman Leather royal suede gauffrage in Tile Blue

‘Royal Suede’ gauffrage in Tile Blue by Edelman Leather (Available through J Banks Design)

Wesley Hall Settee with Velvet Gauffrage

Settee with velvet gauffrage

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Ralph Lauren ‘Staunton’ mohair gauffrage in Truffle (Available through J Banks Design)

Noel Mohair Gauffrage - Lacquer by Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren ‘Noel’ mohair gauffrage in Lacquer (Available through J Banks Design)

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Club chairs upholstered in a gauffrage fabric in the living room of San Regalo at Castello di Casole, a J Banks Design Group project in Italy.

Do you have an interior design term you would like us to explain?  We would love to hear from you!

xo,

JB

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Sharon Cleland: When Irish Eyes are ‘Designing’

(When we overheard our Irish colleague, International Designer Sharon Cleland, mentioning that she grew up right next to the mountain that St. Patrick himself lived on for six years – we immediately knew we needed her Irish edge for a blog post the week of St. Patrick’s Day!)

Hello everyone and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I want to take a moment to share some of my favorite Irish scenes and how they translate into elements of interior design. The rich tapestry of the landscape from the textures of the rugged countryside, peat bogs, cliffs and seascapes to the velvety, mossy fields, century old dry stacked stone walls and meandering country roads all seem to somehow translate into elements that can be used in design.

Tweed Landscapes and Velvet Hills

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Taking just a glimpse at this picture you can see the influence that the landscape undoubtedly had on the creation of tweeds.  The color scheme, texture and patterns all mirror the Irish countryside.

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Felted tweeds look like patchwork hills of planting fields!

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And these rolling hills in the Glens of Antrim look like the could be covered in velvet!

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Irish Arans

Seeing herds of sheep, or even experiencing a sheep induced traffic jam are not uncommon occurrences in rural Ireland. The wool of the sheep has allowed the country to produce some of the most beautiful woven goods in the world for centuries, including Irish Arans. Irish Arans, also known as ‘fishermen’s sweaters’ are made of wool that was traditionally undyed and cream-colored. Originally the jumpers were knitted using unscoured wool that retained its natural oils which made the garments water-resistant  and meant they remained wearable even when wet.

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I see the complex woven patterns that are found in the Irish Arans in so many domestic products including, throws and even ceramic pieces.

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Both the throw and ceramics pictured above are available in J Banks Retail!

Stacked Stones & The Giants Causeway, County Antrim

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The Giant’s Causeway has always been inspiring to me.

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And the century old piles of irregular meandering dry stacked stone walls will always remind me of my home.

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Being stateside I am reminded of these Irish elements in the most unlikely place – during tile selections! The geometry and permanence of tile in certain shades just seems so Irish! Like this stone mosaic (above), and this Carrara honed hex mosaic tile (below).

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I hope you have noticed some uncanny similarities and will consider Ireland for a moment as much more than just the land of leprechaun’s and shamrocks!

Irish Blessings,

Sharon Signature

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Sharon Cleland, International Designer

P.S. This is a picture of the area near County Antrim, Ireland where St. Patrick is said to have worked as a shepherd while a slave.  You can read more about St. Patrick here.

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