Art and Furniture

As many of our followers know, Fabrics and Frames is a furniture store that builds custom furniture from the ground up!  By having an in-house upholstery shop on site, we are able to keep an eye on production daily which means that we maintain great quality control!  As a artist who has worked here for almost a decade, I can appreciate all the possibilities that can be produced in furniture  when a little creativity is applied.  Through my research of how art and furniture can be intertwined, I have found two great artists who are creating cutting edge designs in furniture art!

Lila Jang

Lila Jang: Small Space Sofa

Lila Jang: Small Space Sofa

Lila Jang is an artist whose studies in  fine arts have earned her an MFA.  She is currently doing an artist’s residency at Lux Art Institute where she is focusing on the idea of transforming traditional french furniture into pieces of art!  She morphs these furniture frames in ways that give them anthropomorphic qualities, which intrigue the viewer to ponder  their functionality.  The question that comes to my mind, from the perspective of someone who is around raw furniture frames, is “How does she bend the frame so perfectly?”  When creating a piece of furniture you learn that frames are structurally put together  like a sequential puzzle, with each part supporting the other so that the furniture itself will remain ergonomic.  The way she bends the frames has me questioning the sturdiness of the frame.  Can we say “optical illusion?”

Lila Jang: Stretched Settee

Lila Jang: Stretched Settee

Another great quality to Jang’s furniture art is that it seems to be upholstered very nicely which is not the case for all upholstered pieces. This artist has an eye for pattern application and upholstery technique that comes with paying attention to detail.  Even when she is creating a piece that looks like its stretching, she creates embroideries which also seem as if the are stretching so that it keeps the illusion going…Check out what I’m talking about below:

Lila Jang's Stretched Furniture Series

Lila Jang’s Stretched Furniture Series

Pablo Reinoso

Another amazing artist who focuses on furniture-like designs as a representation of his artistic style is Pablo Reinoso.  An Argentine-French artist who drew attention to himself with his piece ” Spaghetti Bench”.  This particular piece is beautiful in quality and draws the eye to follow the movement of the intertwining pieces which seem to be never- ending.  I personally fell in love with this artist when I was able to see his work in person, during a trip to the Buenos Aires, Argentina Malba Museum.  Check out what I am taking about below:Pablo Reinoso: Spaghetti Bench Pabol Reinoso: Spaghetti Bench interacting with space

What makes both of these artists amazing is that they can take a basic traditional designed piece of furniture and manipulate it into a form of art which will still be relative to the original design.  This is when you know that the individual is a skilled designer as well as an amazing artist!

Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we custom build furniture from the ground up and although we do not carve our own ornate frames, we would like to think that we could make something that is just as innovative and attention grabbing as the two artists have created above.  A particular design that is starting to emerge  in the interior design industry, thanks to the designer Kendall Wilkinson’s Twilight Room, is the floating bench with french chair backs incorporated in the design.  This look creates a illusion which invites the eye to sit in the space, while keeping the look sleek and modern.

Lila Jangs: Bench with French Chair Backs

Lila Jangs: Bench with French Chair Backs

Kendal Wilkinson's Twilight Room featuring Floating Bench with french  chair backs.

Kendal Wilkinson’s Twilight Room featuring Floating Bench with french chair backs.

If you decide that the look above is something that you must have for your new renovation, then Fabrics and Frames can make your decorating dreams come true!  By having a staff which can help you coordinate and redesign your space layout, we can create this look for you and give you a very unique piece easier than you could have imagined.

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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

To learn more about the artist above, check out their websites:

http://luxartinstitute.org/Artist-Residency/Lila-Jang

http://www.pabloreinoso.com/

2013 Artistic Colored Fabric!

January is that time of the year when companies toss out the old and bring in the new.  Fabric companies are especially known for this and update several times a year depending on the company.  With this said, January is the time of year that we always see  new trends in fabric designs!

One of the very interesting things about the design choices for 2013 is that many of the patterns being introduced are very traditional in design.  What makes them unique t0 2013 are the color choices that the fabric designers have selected to use with these patterns! By infusing each pattern with wild and vibrant tones the designers have the fabrics demanding your immediate attention.  We are getting an influx of lots of new books from all our suppliers. I wanted to introduce you to my favorite fabric line so far for the new year so here are a few of their new looks…

Robert Allen 2013 “Artistic Color” Collection

Robert Allen Fabrics "Artistic Color" Collection

Robert Allen Fabrics “Artistic Color” Collection

This collection introduces four new books to the “Color Library” series:  Viridian, Cobalt,  Turquoise, and Fuchsia.  Although there have been similar colors trending for the past couple of years, this color selection seems to have a bit more intensity in hue.  Over the years many of us  fell in love with the Caspian blue turquoise color that Robert Allen put out a number of years ago.  As we started to see this color become obsolete we began to wonder why.  Although this color is rich in tone, it can also be very dark, which often makes the room uninviting.  So Robert Allen came to the rescue this year. In 2013 many individuals who are updating their dwelling are looking for more open and minimalistic qualities in their new designs and are seeking to design with more vibrant colors.  These colors draw  attention to the eye by highlighting the best qualities  in the room design. Check out some of my favorite patterns from Robert Allen’s new collection!

Robert Allen: Break of Day/ ViridianIkat shown on picture above

Robert Allen: Break of Day/ Viridian
Ikat shown on picture above

Robert Allen: Royal Beauty/ Cobalt

Robert Allen: Royal Beauty/ Cobalt

Robert Allen: Unique Shapes/ Turquoise

Robert Allen: Unique Shapes/ Turquoise

Robert Allen: Truro/ Fuchsia

Robert Allen: Truro/ Fuchsia

All of these patterns are great for upholstery and can change the tone of your room.  Whether you are designing a new chair or just want to add a pillow or two to your space, these patterns will definitely make a statement in your decor!  Fabrics and Frames Furniture is in the business of making custom furniture and using the latest trends in fabric design to do so.  We have one of the largest fabric galleries in Dallas and are proud that we have a very talented and helpful staff that can help you coordinate patterns for any room in your home! So if you need to update an entire room for 2013 or just want to add a couple of new pieces come visit us soon for the best customer service and a fabulous selection!

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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

To find out more about Robert Allen’s new collection, follow this link: http://www.robertallendesign.com/Collections/Color_Library_Pigment.aspx

Baroque Inspired Artist…

As an artist who aspires to show my work in a museum one day, I realize that there are certain steps I need to take to get there.  One of the best ways to learn these steps is by interacting with those who have already created a path.  This week I have been volunteering at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, helping with the installation of the upcoming show Dzine + Los Americanos. During this time I have learned that background, education, and dedication are all key elements in inspiring others and getting noticed. By keeping my eyes wide open and absorbing whatever I can  from these accomplished artists I will eventually reach my goal!

Carlos "Dzine" Rolond

Carlos “Dzine” Rolond

The artist, Carlos “Dzine” Rolon,  has been on site for the installation process, giving us detailed suggestions and lots of expertise to those helping create his vision.  By explaining to us  his inspirations, we learned that much of what he has created is inspired by the Baroque period.   By pulling from this era’s inspiration of form, light, shadow, and dramatic intensity, his artwork will surely shine in the upcoming event!  It will also give us a contemporary insight into what modern baroque interiors would look like if we were still designing in this style.

Dzine Psychedelic Artwork

Dzine Psychedelic Artwork

Dzine Ornamented Bike"Royal Splash"

Dzine Ornamented Bike
“Royal Splash”

Why is the Baroque Period such a influential era in design?

During my time volunteering for this project I became interested in how the Baroque period has influenced the furniture and interior design world. As I have noticed more and more eclectic designs emerge in the art and  design world, I am realizing that many creations pull from the period of Baroque architecture.  What is generally known as a highly traditional scheme of design is now being changed by young designers who are putting their twist on the style to update the look and create a new genre.  The appeal for those who are trying to create an eclectic style in their rooms is the organic quality it has to it.  Although the original baroque styled furniture would have been dripping in gold frames and traditional mohair velvet’s  today’s colors are a bit more shocking. The gold is gone and it has less of a royal feel, but still holds a quality of luxury.

Traditional Baroque Chair

Traditional Baroque Chair

Eclectic Styled Baroque Furniture

Eclectic Styled Baroque Furniture

Alessandro Mendini Baroque Chair

Artist Alessandro Mendini Baroque Chair

If you choose to design with this particular style of furniture, one of the key important details you need to be aware of is the frame structure. Most of these looks will be antiques, although you may stumble across a replica occasionally. It may be difficult to ensure that you are looking at a true antique.  Unlike more modern mid-century furniture, this particular type of furniture will not have a badge of authenticity for you to check. Your best bet is to have product knowledge of the period, and  the upholstery techniques used in the time in which the product was produced.  With most antiques that were created 100+ years ago you find that there are a few distinct qualities to the upholstery during that time.  Generally you will find that tacks were used to upholster with instead of staples, horse or coconut hair was used in the seats instead of foam, and almost always an eight-way hand tied spring system was used for support.  If any of these key elements are missing, then you have two options to consider.  One being that you may have a replica, or two being that this piece has been re-upholstered.  Regardless of the situation, be wary and be sure that you are not fooled into paying for an original piece from a dealer.

Fabrics and Frames is a manufacturer of furniture which specializes in antique reconstruction and reupholstery.  Like the artist Dzine, we take pride in being detailed-minded,  want to understand the background and history of the piece, and are dedicated to producing something right!  We are inspired by the designs of the past and like using them to blend our past with our present. We are artists in the craft of upholstery,  we stand behind our product, and our motto has always been “Building Furniture to Last a Lifetime!”   We are able to create any furniture for any room scheme because of the knowledge we have picked up during 35 years of business!

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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

To learn more about the Artist: http://www.dzinestudio.com/

To join the Event for his opening at the Dallas Contemporary: http://www.facebook.com/events/303618916423836/

Simple for the New Year!

In the design world of furniture and fabrics more and more we are seeing a trend toward a  more simplistic style.  Whether we are discussing less ornamental detail  in the design, or less pattern in the furniture fabrics, this look has grabbed the attention of the general public.  Most of our contemporary and transitional clients that are currently looking for new pieces tend  to gravitate towards this trend because it allows them to focus on other objects in their home such as art and accent pieces.  When designing simple, you tend to create a design which looks calm and soothing and less busy to the eye. This look can be created by using all different types of fabrics not limited to but including small tone-on-tone patterns, textures, and solid fabrics.

Tone-On-Tone Fabric on Contemporary Sofa

Tone-On-Tone Fabric on Contemporary Sofa

Texture Fabric on Mid-Century Sofa

Texture Fabric on Mid-Century Sofa

Solid Contemporary Sofa

Solid Contemporary Sofa

For those who tend to like more pattern in their furniture, this look probably doesn’t apply! But for those who are ready for a change you will find that when decorating with this style your room will appear larger and more spacious as the eye and mind have less to absorb.  Although you may bring in pattern with small items like pillows or ottomans the larger scaled pieces should stay simple in their designs.

So, How does designing simple help enhance the style to my room?

One of the many perks to designing simple is that you can more easily focus on smaller objects that are  in the room.  For many that is art!  There are  different genres of art that abound, but for those that tend to stay more simple in their interior design, abstracts are some of the most popular!  In the art world, abstract is a term which means a creation of art which breaks away from the traditional representation and explores the relationships of forms and colors.  This is very similar to the design logic which is used for decorating with solids or simple fabrics.  Check out some different forms of abstract artwork which may enhance your space!

Betty-Sewell-Heavy-Morning-Rain-2012-acrylic-on-canvas-72-x-60-inches-246x300

Betty Sewell
Heavy Morning Rain
2012
acrylic on canvas
72″ x 60″
showing at the Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, Texas Showing Jan. 12, 2013- Feb. 16, 2013

Ron-Clark-Silver-and-Diox-3-2011-acrylic-on-canvas-36-x-24-inches-197x300

Ron Clark Silver and Diox
acrylic on canvas
36″ x 24″
Showing at the Cohn Drennan Contemporary Jan. 12, 2013- Feb. 16, 2013

Susan-Perkins-Transcend-sumi-ink-on-paper-with-fiber-17-x-15-in-copy-doc-300x245

Susan Perkins
Transcend sumi ink on paper with fiber
17 “x 15”
showing at the Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, Texas Jan. 12, 2013- Feb. 16, 2013

The images above are considered  abstracts and would create a statement with simple furniture!  These particular pieces represent a form of abstract expressionism that show the viewer that art work  is not only defined by color but also by the texture it has in the piece.  At Fabrics and Frames we have found that incorporating abstracts in our room designs has been a great way to create a sleeker look for our more contemporary clients.  This is why we have introduced new abstract artwork to our 2013 showroom.  Featuring the artist Erica Guajardo’s version of abstract expressionism, she shows abstracts which have great texture as well as design.  Check out some of the artwork which has been sold and shown in the showroom!

Afro-Man Abstract By: Erica Guajardo 7' x 4' Acrylic on Canvas

Afro-Man Abstract
By: Erica Guajardo
7′ x 4′
Acrylic on Canvas

Emerald 13 By: Erica Guajardo 8" x 36" Acrylic on Wood

Emerald 13
By: Erica Guajardo
8″ x 36″
Acrylic on Wood

Penny Face By: Erica Guajardo 18" x 24" Acrylic on Wood

Penny Face
By: Erica Guajardo
18″ x 24″
Acrylic on Wood

Black, White, and Flowers By: Erica Guajardo 12" x 24" Acrylic on Wood

Black, White, and Flowers
By: Erica Guajardo
12″ x 24″
Acrylic on Wood

As you can see this type of art is not limited to very simple colors and textures but it also encompasses lots of color and fluid movement. So when you incorporate it into a simplistic room design there will be a lot of interest created for the eye and mind to absorb.

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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

2013 Pantone’s Color of the Year!

Last year’s color of the year was “Tango Tangerine”, which expressed  a warm, energetic feeling for the 2012 color spectrum.  In contrast to 2012, the color of 2013 has been designated  “Emerald”.  This is a “lively, radiant, lush color with elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well being and harmony.”  This color  reflects the expectation of more  luxury in this new year as well as “growth, renewal, and prosperity.”

panton-color-of-the-year-2013-emerald-17-5641-688x344

 What type of interior space can I create with this color?

This color is a great hue for all genres of design.  Whether you are a traditional individual or a trend setter, you can include this color in your decor.  For the very traditional who once fell in love with “jewel tones”, your dreams of revamping your home will become easier this year!  Although there are many different variations of the color “emerald”, ranging from the very turquoise emerald green to the more darker traditional emerald color, this color can certainly enhance the beauty of any room!

Traditional Emerald Green Interior

Traditional Emerald Green Interior

Trendy Emerald Green Sofa

Trendy Emerald Green Sofa

 What colors compliment the color emerald in a room scheme?

When Pantone generates it color of the year, it also generates other colors with which this color can coordinate.  Other colors which Pantone suggests to use with “Emerald” are: Dusk Blue, Grayed Jade, African Violet, Tender Shoots, Lemon Zest, Monaco Blue, Poppy Red, Linen, and Nectarine.  As you can see from this list, the new year will be filled with cooler  tones and more subtle pops of color!

2013 Pantone Colors of the Year

2013 Pantone Colors of the Year

Linen is one of the coordinating colors of the year which sets a great neutral pallet on which the color “Emerald” can be displayed and create that special “pop” in your design!  By using a neutral color like linen for the major items in the room, such as your sofa or chairs it will allow the color “Emerald” to have a inviting presence to it, instead of being over whelming.  Check out below to understand what I’m talking about!

Linen Sofa with Emerald Accents

Linen Sofa with Emerald Accents

No matter how you choose to decorate with this color, it should have a presence of earthiness and luxury.  This color also looks amazing as accents pieces in the room or statement furniture!  Just keep in mind that when you coordinate other colors with this color, keep it simple.  Combine the “Emerald” color with another coordinating color of the year or  a complimentary warm color !  Allow this color to embrace the year and bring warmth, prosperity, and enjoyment to your space! By bringing this color into your home you may start to feel warmer, richer and more optimistic!

Paint your old furniture new trendy emerald green to create a new look!

Paint your old furniture new trendy emerald green to create a new look!

Open Sun room with Emerald Sofa and Lavender Pillows are shown as a inviting, earthy way that the color Emerald can be!

Open Sun room with Emerald Sofa and Lavender Pillows are shown as a inviting, earthy way that the color Emerald can be used!

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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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