Designing in a world of Artist…

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending an art show which was put on by the Socialized Contemporary Art Bureau (S.C.A.B) in Dallas, Texas.  This particular group of artists: Eli Walker, Kelly Kroener, Justin Hunter Allen, Lucy Kirkman, Joshua von Ammon, Samantha McCurdy, Alexander DiJulio, Micheal Alexander Morris, and Frank Darko are the latest artists in Dallas who are pushing the boundaries of art’s subject matter that many believe to be worth pursuing.  This  look is grabbing the attention of many galleries and magazines which enjoy showcasing the very minimalistic and longue durée style.

S.C.A.B.

What captivated me about this particular show was the space and the art.  Since Fabrics and Frames is a builder of custom furniture, I began to  wonder:  “What type of furniture would be appropriate for a movement of artworks that doesn’t require much aesthetics around?” For art collectors   it is important that the interior space be somewhat subdued, or have furniture that is designed by the latest artist/architects/ or designers.  These are all great ideas for the space, but what if you could create anything that you would like?  What would you create?

For those who are thinking outside the box, I would suggest one item in the room that could be a piece of art itself.  Although you would still want it to remain economical, I would like to suggest a couple of different styles that blend well with contemporary installation art.  Below are some looks which may work with this particular style.

Asymmetrical Sofa

Asymmetrical Sofa

The asymmetrical look is a safe look which can get your point across… It  draws attention to the sitting space while allowing the art to be showcased. This can be done with any color, just keep the fabric solid so that it does not distract from the space.  If you feel that this asymmetrical look is too safe and want something which may be more cutting edge, then go with a modular asymmetrical linear look.  When you create many different cube shaped blocks that bolt together, you can find a look that is quite comfortable and still will not be too distracting to the installation art.  It should coordinate well with this type of art since it appears to have an unfinished quality to it.

Asymmetrical Modular Furniture

Asymmetrical Modular Furniture

If you would prefer to create an eclectic space that calls attention to the  products in the room because of the design choice, then I would either pick something from the French Provencial period or from lines which Herman Miller would have carried.  If you happen to own some of these pieces or can find them in resale shops , Fabrics and Frames can help with the re-upholstery if they need refurbishing.  Since we carry a line of wool textured fabrics similar to those that originated on most Herman Miller products we can restore your piece of furniture to appear better than new.

Whether you decide to create your own new piece of furniture or want to refurbish an older piece to complete this look in your home then Fabrics and Frames is the place to visit. We have a huge selection of fabrics and can custom design most any piece you can imagine. 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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Tribute to Style

In 1953, Ottavio Missoni, founder of the fashion house created a knitwear company whose influence would permeate the market for trendy ultra-chic clothing, interior sophistication, and hotel spaces forever.  Leaving an iconic marking in each design, Missoni’s label embarked trendsetting details for consumers who demanded the product.

Oattavio Missoni

Ottavio Missoni

This past May, we lost this iconic designer at the age of 92. For those who are unfamiliar with him, his trademark of chevron pattern/flame stitch designs is a look which has been able to survive and thrive through many different decades.  This unique zigzag look is the feature of his designs that has branded his empire throughout his life allowing his style to branch into areas of home design and construction that embrace his European flare.

Missoni Interior

Missoni Interior

Being detailed minded is a important trait when you are creating a unique product. Missoni’s line shows that, not only did he grasp the classic looks of textiles, but branched his unique look into areas which included not only fashion but  interior spaces and other ergonomical creations. By successfully implementing every merchandising step of his line he was able to build the brand into an empire which would one day shut down mass retailers’ websites like Target.

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As someone in the design industry, I like to pay tribute to innovators who not only design great products that have changed the world of design, but have made the designs a lifestyle for many.  They are the ones who open the eyes of the masses to think in color and embed their styles into the mind of  the interior designer thus challenging the designer to envision the look in the rooms they are creating. Without individuals like Missoni, we would live in spaces that are uncoordinated, muted, and dysfunctional.

Fabrics and Frames is a company that specializes in custom furniture.  35 years of experience has taught us that building from scratch creates areas  in the design process that may need tweaking for each individual piece in order to develop a product which will last throughout generations.  Like Missoni, we understand the time and effort it takes to create a great product which improves your living space not only in style but also function.  This is why we handcraft each piece of furniture to be custom built to your specifications.  By never  making “guesstamations” we leave little room for error.  Come visit us to learn more about what we do.  For those who love Missoni’s line of fabrics just bring it to us  and we can create any piece you want as a tribute to an iconic figure of the design world. It will be something you will be able pass down to the next generation and on. Here’s to Missoni and his iconic chevron designs – may they live on forever!

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

Creating a room with primary colors…

As a designer, one of the first things that I was taught was the color wheel.  All of the colors in color theory are produced by first starting with the primary colors of red, blue and yellow and mixing them until the desired color is reached.  This color combination has a history in design which has been relevant  to a lot of different movements.  From the very traditional look, such as country french to the very contemporary DeStijl movement, this color combination has made statements in design throughout history.

Country French Interiors

When companies like Pierre Deux turned this look commercial all of us were then able to enjoy the primary combination in a very traditional form.  By the blending of regal and rustic details,  enhanced by the peasant farmers’ countryside look in France, the company helped to develop this interior design movement which is now used world wide.  This look incorporates many different patterns which vary in scale and design but repeat the same colors.  The furniture has many Rocco ornamental features, so that the ornate qualities are light- hearted  and elegant thus enhancing the overall design of the interior space. The look, Country French, comes in a number of color combinations, but the most common pairing of this look is the red, blue, and yellow – the primary colors!

Pierre Deux primary color scheme

Pierre Deux primary color scheme

De Stijl Movement Interiors

In the realm of design, there was a movement which incorporated the color combination of red, blue, and yellow called the DeStijl Movement.   Influenced by artist and architects of the Dutch period neoplasticism, this look focused on straight lines and color theory placement.

Typical DeStijl Movement Interior Space

Typical DeStijl Movement Interior Space

For the average person, this design may be too “artsy chic” for your interior space because it leaves the home feeling cold and uninviting because the interior appears to be too crisp and clean.  But if you are drawn to this design, and would like to create a  room which is influenced by this movement, then a suggestion would be to work your furniture around an artwork which has a resemblance to a Mondrian masterpiece leaving your room feeling soothing yet sophisticated.

Primary Inspired Interior Space (Contemporary)

Primary Inspired Interior Space (Contemporary)

Kids Room inspired by Primary Colors

Color plays an important part of our lives and has proven to affect our moods as well as our ability to learn.  When designing a room for children, this knowledge  may help you design in a way using colors which help the development of your child’s brain.  Creating a room that is inspired by primary colors allows the space to become inviting and inspiring as well as a fun and entertaining learning environment.  Focusing on color theory incorporates design, and may push to inspire logical designing techniques through inspired artistic projects.

Primary Colored Kids Room

Primary Colored Kids Room

Regardless of your style, the colors in your home effect the energy with in your interior space.  Creating a mood which is appropriate for the function of the space is important but sometimes hard to achieve.   With the help of our expert staff at Fabrics and Frames Furniture, you can create interiors which will have you and your home feeling inspired!

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

Creating a Fusion Interior…

Most of us don’t necessarily design our interior spaces with the intention of staying trendy.  We develop our homes’ interiors over the years by gathering items throughout our lifetime.  Regardless if it’s a chair which has been passed down to us by a relative or a throw that was on sale at your local department store, we collect items which may not always match each other.

If you can find a common relationship with the items, you can create a room which we describe as a fusion interior.  We see this idea popping up in many retail stores.  It is the merging of two items which normally would not be paired together.  Although in an interior space you will have more than two items in a room, the idea of fusion means incorporating two or more different styles.  The merging of contemporary and traditional are the most common styles which have fused together in today’s design schemes.  Creating a look that is referred to as eclectic is one of the leading trends and a great way to keep the things that may be sentimental or special to you.

Fushion Interior

In the photo above, we notice that this interior space starts with a loft style interior. The base, which includes concrete floors and masonry walls, gives  this space a very industrial feel. Although the dwelling’s owners could have designed the space with very clean lined furniture  to enhance the contemporary feel of the look, which would have been typical, they have chosen to use items which they have collected to create an eclectic feel.  The juxtaposition of the wide variety of chairs  in this space creates hierarchy because none of the chairs are from the same era.  By using several items which were both unique and different in style, as well as functional, and fusing them together particular space portrays a very unique but put together look.

Whimsical Fusion Interior

Whimsical Fusion Interior

Although many designers believe that having a set of items is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, they often don’t realize that fusing a variety of items  in the space can develop more character.  The idea of blending what you already own is great for someone who is on a budget or some who is artsy.  Since this look is asymmetrical,  it will  look most appropriate with an interior which has a great architectural skeleton and a space whose base is neutral in color tone.   The reason for this is that it will allow the variety of items in the interior to shine and the small gems found will be noticed and appreciated.

For those who collect unique furniture pieces, which is perfect for this fusion look, Fabrics and Frames can help you ensure the lifetime of the item while enhancing its look.  Specializing in restoration of upholstered furniture, we are able to save items which need  structural support.  Regardless if  it is a wobbly antique chair, or seat that has fallen through, we can repair it so that it is better than new.  After being in the industry for 35 years, we have become experts at restoring antique pieces. Once we restore your older piece it  can last not only your lifetime but be ready to pass down to the next generation to create their own fusion style!

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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