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Research Point – Investigate the diversity of style and design in textiles available to the consumer

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There is huge diversity of style and design in textiles available to the consumer.


A selection from Elledecoration December 2014 shows a preference towards natural fabrics and comfort with Ralph Lauren cushions in alpaca, lambswool and cashmere and Aiayu’s bedlinens in organic cotton and llama wool from Bolivia.

Their recommended soft furnishings for Christmas follow the same trend of using natural fibres and show a truly diverse range of style and design, detailed below.

The ‘Dag & Natt’ woven rug by Petra Lundblad for Kasthall is printed on pure wool and uses layers and colour in the design.

A ‘Wooden Plaid’ throw by Elisa Strozyk for Gestalten challenges what we might expect from a throw as it is part of a series exploring soft tactile features of wood and is half wood and half textile.

A hand made 100% wool rug featuring the abstract lithograph Red and Black Solid, 1968 by Terry Frost RA.

A pouf ‘Blue Aye” from the ‘Eco Eclipse’ collection at Eva Sonaike demonstrates use of vibrant African & tribal prints

‘Hazy’ a 100% cotton blanket made in Sweden for Schneid

Double Heart 100% Merino wool blanket uses the the jacquard weaving technique



I was interested in all these pieces and particularly like the subtle tones and printed design of the Dag & Natt rug, the airy, soft look and graduation of colour in the ‘Hazy’ Cotton blanket.  The more vibrant woven ‘Bunad’ inspired by Norwegian folk costumes drew me with its colour and texture as did the pouf incorporating african and tribal prints in its design.

Zara home have a range of distressed look ‘New Vintage’ bedlinen in bleached out shades of cotton which suggested a soft, comfortable, homely feel to me.

The style and designs in the above pieces taken from Elledecoration December 2014 are all appealing to me.  There are similarities, they are all natural fibres with subtle or limited use of colour.

I also collected some more magazine cuttings illustrating fabric available by the metre to the consumer, including some fabulous photographs by Ian Lawson emulating the colours of Harris Tweed from Selvedge Magazine Issue 60.

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and a small selection of samples, my favourites included the Voyage Boutique ‘Hedgerow’ in linen; Annie Sloan’s Monaco Ticking in 100% cotton;  Kirby design’s 100% wool; Merino, Linen taffeta, Stockholm stitch and particularly the Rooksmoor velvet designs of Lewis & Wood and the Amilie Silks by Harlequin.  I am drawn to the tactile nature of these fabrics.

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From this snapshot of luxury products, I would conclude that high-quality natural fibres dominate, eg. bed linens from organic cotton and llama wool, super soft alpaca, lambswool and cashmere cushions; woven leather cushions.   Whilst the original materials are traditional, the combinations are contemporary, producing an incredible array of tactile textiles in numerous designs.

There is an ethnic influence evident in the traditional navajo patterns in the Ralfe Laurent cushions, the african and tribal prints of the the Eva Sonaike Pouf and the Norwegian folk costume inspired woven blankets by Mandal Veveri.


Vogue December 2014 also shows a huge variety in the style and designs of fabrics available to the consumer

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Fabrics include Lame, leather, silk, georgette, organza, crepe, denim, wool and silk combinations, gaberdine, suede, tulle, pvc and plastic.   Although there is a nod to traditional fabrics, contemporary fabrics or contemporary takes on traditional fabrics dominate, even denim is set to appear heavily embellished (detailed below).

Trends for 2014/15 include big knits, denim in a multitude of guises, layered, trimmed & embellished with crystals, shearling and even cutwork by Alberta Ferretti (see gallery nos 16 & 17 below); a Seventies twist to styles including flares & psychedelic prints


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