Outdoor Fabrics: New Neutrals

I attended the second iteration of Blog Fest.  It is sponsored by Kravat and one of the many fabulous programs they put together was in their showroom at the D & D Building.

Couple that with the fact that I believe that we are at a tipping point for the design and development of outdoor furniture and accessories that can rival those available for inside and there’s a story to tell. I’m going to start with neutral fabric. How many times have you seen a piece of outdoor furniture accessorized with boring plain beige upholstery and pillows? Too often for me, including the terraces at the Kips Bay Showhouse (more about that in my next post).

There is a tendancy towards a lack of color outside except in plantings and this doesn’t have to be the case, but if it is neutral doesn’t have to be dull as dishwater. In the Kravat showroom, I found some neutrals (if that’s your thing) that were full of texture and surface interest and when combined, they were visually compelling.

Tropical patterns, stripes and texture
Woven, pattern and chenile and texture

The fabrics were from the Soliel and Echo collections and had interesting texture and pattern possibilities. There were also some brights, but you’ll have to wait for the full story I’m doing for Leaf to see those…

On a side note…we’d love to design a collection of outdoor fabrics…who better than those of us who actually design outside?

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