Black and White…Classic Look?

As the industry of design becomes more modern, we notice that that the classic color combination of “Black and White” has been used throughout many generations and genres.  During the late 1890’s, some art movements began to incorporate the combination of “Black and White” into their designs, this created contrast in their art designs which forced the viewer to pay closer attention to what they were trying to say about each particular movement.  Many movements during this time had political or social meanings behind them and the usage of black and white helped relate a message more clearly.  Although some color was incorporated into the designs, “Black and White” was the primary way used to translate the intended messages.  Examples of different art movements that incorporated “black and white” combinations are provided below.

MALEVICH, Kazimir
1878 Kiev – 1935 Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
Abstract Expressionism Movement

El Lissitzky
Proun. 1st Kestner Portfolio 1923
Constructism Movement

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Shwitters Merz
1923-1932

Many of these art movements focused on art, architecture, political and social meanings.

Movements in Interior Design

Like art movements, the usage of black and white helps relate a clear message in design.  There are many different genres that incorporate the combination of “Black and White” which include Eclectic, Art Deco, Minimalism, Post-Modern, and Contemporary designs. To clearly distinguish each of these different genres of design from one another specific patterns may appear in the different genres.  Lets take a closer look.

Eclectic Room with Black and White Incorporated:

When creating a eclectic styled room, using more ornate architecture in the space is a plus because it can give the area an overall feeling of a different  time period.  Many designers like to update the overall look of the room by using modern colors and keeping the traditional ornate shapes in the accessories and furniture pieces used in the space.  White can be used as a neutral pallet in any design to allow other pieces to be the focal point in the space.  It tends not to distract the eye but rather pushes the eye to focus on the overall composition.  This concept is used in many different areas of design regardless of whether you are trying to display art or design a room.

Some pieces of furniture that may be used to decorate a room that have an eclectic style are shown below:

Asymmetrical Reverse Hump Sofa with Awning Stripe

Black French Settee Sofa

Black Lacquer Bergere Chair Frame with White Fabric

Black and White Awning Stripe on French Chair

Art Deco Room with Black and White Incorporated

Art Deco was a movement that originated in the 1920’s.  It is known for its elegance, glamour, functionality, and modernity.  A particular characteristic of this period in time is the organic curves that are found in each piece in the room.  A room during this time period may look something like this…

Traditional Art Deco Interior

Contemporary Art Deco Room

Not straying too far from the style of “Old Hollywood Glamour”, this look can be found with prints such as damask motifs, awning strips, and organic patterns.

Art Deco Inspired Fabric Robert Allen: Poiret/ Noir

Art Deco Inspired Pattern by Robert Allen at Home: Wanaque/ Kohl

Minimalism, Post-Modernism, and Contemporary Rooms with Black and White Incorporated

When speaking about the Minimalism, Post-Modernism, and Contemporary Movements in interior design, there are just a few different characteristics between them.  A common characteristic that all three movements share is that they have a clean linear approach to design and use minimal pattern.  Although Post-Modernism Design generally has more curved lines incorporated in the overall design, it still carries a clean line quality. Below are some images that should explain the differences of each specific look.

Minimalist Bedroom

A Minimalist Design tends to only use accessories that are functional to the design of the room.  It primarily resembles the technique of color blocking.  This look is great for anyone that may have a high-rise loft or industrial setting.  It has a reputation of a cold, stark, contemporary style that appeals to many younger clients.

Post-Modern Bed Room

As stated above Post Modernism tends to also incorporate a clean lined approach, yet will have organic curved shapes incorporated into the overall design.  By incorporating the curved shapes in the design, it tends to create a more inviting perspective in the room.  It will still have the stark contemporary design, but with a more inviting feel. This design is also appealing to a more younger client because it generally has lower scaled furniture which may be harder for an older client to be comfortable to get in and out of.

Contemporary Styled Living Room

A great compromise to a modern look is going with a contemporary styled room.  This incorporates minimal qualities such as lack of pattern with inviting functional qualities that may give the viewer the idea that someone lives here.  In the image above, you can see that little accessories such as the newspaper holder are incorporated with the same black and white color pallet so that it still blends with the interior and doesn’t create hierarchy in the overall composition.

Black and White is a classic look that many different genres of design have used through the past century.  For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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The New “It” Thing… Glitter!

Glitter, Glitter, Glitter!  When you think of glitter you probably don’t think of high- end design.  Throughout the past year though, glitter has become a huge influence in the design world.  From Art, Fashion, and Interior Design, glitter has emerged as one of the next big trends.

The Art World

This past December, Dallas Contemporary Museum, showcased a New York artist by the name of Rob Pruitt with an exhibition that featured a collection of his work that consisted of glittered pandas.  This collection really opened my eyes to the boundaries that glitter can reach  by seeing large scaled canvas prints which showed glitter being successfully used in high-end art.

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Although Rob Pruitt had an interesting answer to the question of “What art may be…”, he expanded the boundaries that many young new artists and designers may be afraid to even journey past.  As is usually the case  for professional designers, new trends in design often follow new trends in art so glitter is now up and coming!

In November 2011, Dallas Museum of Art opened an Exhibition about the Fashion Designer : Jean Paul Gaultier. While exploring through the gallery, I came across one of his computer generated photographs called “La Vierge aux serpent”. What caught  my eye was not the image itself but the glittery frame.  The artist’s statement said that the artist had framed this particular piece of artwork himself which he chose to surround with a glitter frame.  Is glitter the new way to create hierarchy in a composition?  Has this artist begun to influence other genres of design?

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The Fashion World

When speaking about leading trends, the fashion world is also one of the places that influences other genres of art and design . Some of the world’s top high-end fashion designers are using glitter as part of their 2012 collections by focusing on glittery accessories.  See some of the examples below.

Christian-Louboutin-Spring-2012-Marple-Soft-Wedge

Louis Vuitton: Midnight lace-up in glitter

Jimmy Choo- Navy Glitter Clutch

The Interior Design World

Just like the world of art and fashion, glitter has emerged as one of the new trends in the interior design world as well.  From glitter faux-finished paint  to glittery fabrics…this trend is a whimsical way to create a sense of hierarchy in the planning of the room.  Glitter is also a great way to update a space that may be a bit outdated architecturally.  A great example of how glitter can update an old look is featured at the local Dallas Bar called, Beauty Bar.  Beauty Bar is a bar that has taken the 1950’s style of interiors and juxtaposed it with trendy glitter walls throughout the space.  This uplifting look gives the bar an inviting, energetic environment.  Check out the space below!

Beauty Bar Dallas

So, how do I incorporate this look into my room?

Glitter Paint

Glitter Tiles

Using glitter paint to update an outdated room, or just to revamp a room, creates a visually aesthetic look that gives new texture to the the space.  Just as mosaic tiles and wall paper have created new looks for interiors in the past, glitter walls are one of the latest up and coming design trends. Glass tiles infused with glitter are also widely available at most tile stores. This gives you the option of bringing in just a touch of glitter if an entire wall is just too much. The glitter look is generally used for rooms in which the designer is trying to create a specific look such as: “Old Hollywood Glamour”, “Whimsy”, or “Chic Modern”.

Glitter paint and tiles are not the only way to get this look.  Since glitter and metallics are in high demand, they are now being incorporated into fabrics.  Some examples that are currently in vogue are vinyls, linens, and chenilles.  Some examples are:

Glitter Vinyl

Glitter Linen provided by Kravet. Shown:Kravet: 30313/8

Glitter Chenille provided by JF Fabrics. JF Fabrics: Flicker/96j4911

Glitter is now one of the newest design trends.  It has emerged in some of the leading high-end designers collections regardless of the genre of design.  It shows the average person how designers must constantly think outside of the box when it comes to new textures being incorporated into the overall composition of a room.  At Fabrics and Frames Furniture we specialize in bringing our customers upholstery dreams come true.  With a knowledgeable design staff helping to create your wildest glitter dreams…we pride ourselves on innovative thinking!

Glitter Vinyl Ottoman

Glitter Vinyl on Pop-Out Seat

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

A Lesson in Anthropomorphism and Design….

Leonardo Da Vinci, a man of many skills including painter, sculptor, and architect, opened up a new concept toward design that reflected a theory of proportions and how it relates to humans.  He demonstrated this concept in a world renowned drawing called, The Vitruvian Man, which was based on the work of the architect  Vitruvius.  In this  document he demonstrated how the human body is sectioned off into simple geometric proportions such as a circle and a square, which can be used to understand other proportion theories such as The Golden Section and Gestalt Theory.  These theories led new aged designers to a world where there were no limits to design.  By using these theories and logic, designers in our modern world are able to create boundary breaking designs and make them functional.  Anthropomorphism is a genre of design that studies these traditional theories and juxtaposes them with modern Avant Garde logics.

What is anthropomorphism?

Anthropomorphism is any attribution of human characteristics (or characteristics assumed to belong only to humans) to other animals, non-living things, phenomena, material states, objects or abstract concepts, such as organizations, governments, spirits or deities.  When you start to look at this concept and how it relates to design, we find out that many famous artists and designers around the world and throughout the generations have been learning from this concept and how it relates to design.

Contemporary examples of what anthropomorphism in architecture:

Contemporary examples of what this may look like in furniture design is shown below:

This style of furniture design represents the Avant Garde movement, because it pushes the boundaries of design to ergonomical and aesthetic characteristics, while introducing “shock value”.  Louis Sullivan, world-renowned architect whose apprentice was Frank Lloyd Wright, emphasized that “Form follows function”. When designing a piece of furniture with artistic characteristics, you must keep in mind that the piece must also be functional.  This opens up the designer’s eye to antyhropometry, which is the study of the branch of the human sciences that deals with body measurements: particularly with measurements of body size, shape, strength and working capacity.

Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture, we are constantly thinking about how the client is going to be using our product, and how we can improve the functionality of the product for the client.  Throughout the 34 years that Fabrics and Frames has been in business we have assisted clients with their special needs by finding ergonomical solutions to make their custom piece of furniture more functional for their specific use, while keeping aesthetics in mind.  Some major factors that we consider when designing a piece of furniture are seating height, arm height, back height and lumbar support.  We also give our customers choices in cushion firmness to make the piece the most functional for them. Although stucture is a key issue for us, we also want to make sure that the piece of furniture that we design for our clients will meet their everyday needs. Each one of our clients comes in with their own specific needs and we try to meet all of them. Each piece that we create is unique in that it reflects each individual customer’s style and purpose.

Ergonomic standards will vary depending on who the client is.  We understand  that different ages, nationalities, and genetic makeup will affect the ergonomics of a piece of furniture.  In past Fabrics and Frames blogs, we have discussed how our furniture is made up of hardwoods and how they have a spring system  in the furniture piece that will give it structural support.  These key elements are important because if you don’t understand the limits that your piece can support,  you run the risk of it malfunctioning in the future.

Designers, engineers, and architects are great examples of people who understand the ergonomics of any product. In order to design a product that has anthropomorphic characteristics, you must understand on how it will be used.  Remembering that…Aesthetics are nothing without function!…leads the “designer” to create something that will not only make a statement but give a presence of heirarchy in any setting.  Regardless if you are traditional or contemporary in design choice, you must remember your basics!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240. 972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog at andy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

Trend of the Year: Geometric Patterns

As designers we know that the fabric industry constantly has trends that appear and disappear quicker than your eye can blink.  Over the past couple of years we have seen that geometric patterns have become a dramatic influence on how modern interior designing is emerging.  These patterns are used for multiple purposes, such as furniture, pillows, lamps, rugs, bedding, etc.  The reason why this trend is so influential is that it allows the average person to incorporate pattern in the room scheme without being too overbearing.  Most geometric designs these days are limited to two to three colors with just enough emphasis in the room to make a subtle but bold statement. Some examples are below:

Geometric Slipcover Chair

Geometric Slipcover Chair

Geometric Rug

Geometric Rug

Geometric Fabric used on Classic Knoll Sofa

Geometric Pillows with Geometric Bench Cushions

Geometric Pillows with Geometric Bench Cushions

Geometric Patterns on Bedding

Geometric Patterns on Bedding

Geometric Lamp Shades

Geometric Lamp Shades

So Where do I look to get geometric patterns like these?

These patterns are offered by a variety of companies, but here are some of my favorite patterns and where to get them below:

Fabrics around $50 per yard:

Michael Jon Designs: Grotto/ Ocean

Michael Jon Designs: Blaze/ Ocean

Kravet Smart: 31053/16

Kravet Smart: 31053/16

Fabrics around $100 per yard

Duralee: 15155/340

Duralee: 15155/340

Greenhouse Fabrics: A1582/ Citrine

Greenhouse Fabrics: A1582/ Citrine

Fabrics $100 and above

Kravet: 31797/15

Kravet: 31797/15

Geometric Patterns could eventually emerge into a classic style of contemporary pattern.  Not really basing their origin of design on a particular type of style, rather on symmetry and geometry which gives it a minimalistic approach to design.  This look is great for the average person that wants that architectural influence incorporated in their room design.  Many of these patterns come in bold statement colors, but for those that are not too color savy they also come in neutrals!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240. 972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog at andy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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