Comeback for classics

Delicate colour combinations and subtle textures are the trend for furniture fabrics. Velvet is a classic that has been reinvented and a neutral grey has acquired a new contemporary aesthetic in combination with some unusual and unexpected colours. Velvet is celebrating a spectacular comeback. This three-dimensional upholstery fabric comes back into fashion year after year; current collections are particularly high-quality and imaginative and have given a completely new look to this classic fabric.

Höpke, for example, gives definition to a generous check pattern with a mix of highs and lows, created with fluffy velvet and flat shiny areas. At Manuel Revert, velvet arabesques, using small graphic elements and squares, stand out in relief from the background. New this year are velvets made from flame-resistant Trevira fibres (Redaelli Velluti/Marzotto).

Authentic-looking leather effects and optimum functionality are combined in modern faux leathers, which have nothing to do with the heavy, stiff, soapy-textured items of times gone by. Faux leather, these days, is attractive, soft and cannot really be distinguished from the real thing. The current collections, including, for example, Jordan’s premium brand, Joka, demonstrate a wide and varied repertoire of colour, surface pattern and texture. Surfaces can be smooth or grained, sometimes shine like patent leather or have metallic sheens; they exhibit a trendy vintage look or, then again, imitate crocodile or ostrich skin. For specific applications there are specially finished faux leathers, with, say, flame-resistant or anti-bacterial qualities, IMO-certified for shipbuilding and even for outdoor use.

There’s no such thing as ‘mousy grey’ anymore; grey is everywhere. From light greys to slate, stone, asphalt and anthracite – furnishing fabrics go through the entire palette and are delicately combined with shades of blue such as aqua, turquoise, ultra-marine and petrol; with natural shades including ivory, ecru and taupe; or they are given a certain luminosity with pink, fuchsia, rhubarb or orange (Fine Art, Manuel Revert). Subtle textures – paisleys, faux unis, stripes – super-soft to the touch and made from innovative fibre mixtures such as cotton / cashmere, cotton / the materials radiate sensuality and emphasise comfort. (Redaelli Velluti / Marzottoanmutend).

Claudia Weidt

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