IT’S BEEN A YEAR! Fabrics and Frames Top 12 Blogs!

This year Fabrics and Frames completed their first year of blogging!  With that, we would like to countdown our  picks for blog topic –  One for each month of the year.

January: “Buying New??? Think Twice…”

Broken Arm Sofa

Broken Arm Sofa

In this particular blog, Fabrics and Frames looks at how our society has started to lean towards disposable furniture.  We have been in the industry for 35 years and have a couple of questions for you to answer which may help determine if you are a disposable type or a long lasting type.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/buying-newthink-twice/

February: “Using the Basic Elements of Design to create A Visually Appealing Room”

Gives a feeling of Balance, Formality, and Altertness

When designing a interior space there are seven different key areas which you must consider.  In this blog we analyze the seven basic elements of design and how they can help you create a visually appealing room.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/using-the-basic-elements-of-design-to-create-a-visually-appealing-room/

March: “Creating Conversational Pieces of Furniture to Create an Artsy Chic Look!”

Transitional Styled Chair with Textured Cotton Print

Designing with bold statement furniture is not always for everyone, but this look is a great to start conversations.  This blog tells you how to create a chic interior space using conversational accents which feature unique looks and acrylic furniture.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/creating-conversational-pieces-of-furniture-to-create-an-artsy-chic-look/

April: “Glamour in Your Decor”

Old Hollywood Glamour

Old Hollywood Glamour

Is your favorite interior room scheme surrounded by glitz and glamour?  Then this blog may be for you!  Showing the reader how to create a room that is based of the “Old Hollywood Glamour” Style.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/glamour-in-your-decor/

May: “A Lesson in Anthropomorphism and Design”

Anthony Redmile Anthromophism Chair

Education is key when learning about art, architecture, and design.  This particular blog  goes into depth about when inaniment objects take on human characteristics.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/a-lesson-in-anthropomorphism-and-design/

June: “Typography: How it is being used in fabrics, architecture, and design”

Burlap Sack used to cover Wing Chairs.

Burlap Sack used to cover Wing Chairs.

Text is all around us, but how is it trending?  This blog talks about how typography is created to make statements on furniture, architecture, and advertising designs.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/typography-how-it-is-being-used-in-fabrics-architecture-and-design/

July: “Celebrating Marilyn Monroe…How she influences interiors”

Traditional Interior using Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe.

Traditional Interior using Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe.

2012 marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s Death.  Since then she has influenced a number of genres of design.  Check this blog out to see how!

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/celebrating-marilyn-monroe-how-she-influences-interiors/

August: “Graffiti and Furniture Design”

Wall Graffiti Mural displayed in contemporary home.  Using a solid "L" shape sectional to emphasize that graffiti and upholstered furniture can still make the home appealing, comfortable, and inviting to guest.

Wall Graffiti Mural displayed in contemporary home. Using a solid “L” shape sectional to emphasize that graffiti and upholstered furniture can still make the home appealing, comfortable, and inviting to guest.

When graffiti is given a proper place to make a statement,  it can be seen as a form of art and design.  This blog looks into the establishments that are making ways for graffiti artists to be able to create their masterpieces in public places.   It also delves into ways to use this style in your home.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/graffiti-and-furniture-design/

September: “Understanding Color and Learning New Color Combinations”

The Munsell Color Tree

The Munsell Color Tree

When creating a room, it is important to understand the colors that you will be using.  This blog helps the viewer to understand the color wheel and which color combinations may work well with each other.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/understanding-color-and-learning-new-color-combinations/

October: Artist and Furniture

"Living Room" by Francisco Moreno2012mixed media8 x 8x 5 ft

“Living Room” by Francisco Moreno
2012
mixed media
8 x 8x 5 ft

In many of our blogs we highlight different areas of art and design to help the viewer understand how to incorporate these looks in their homes.  This particular blog high lights the Dallas Artist Francisco Moreno’s Exhibition at the Oliver Francis Gallery and shows the viewer how works like his can be incorporated into their home.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/artist-and-furniture/

November: “Small Accents with Unique Flare”

Decorative Scalloped Based Ottoman creates unique touch to the ambiance of the room scheme.

Decorative Scalloped Based Ottoman creates unique touch to the ambiance of the room scheme.

Are you an individual who is more minimalistic in nature? This blog explains how you can add small touches to furniture to create a unique style, yet keep it simple!

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/small-accent-furniture-with-unique-flare/

December: “Fur…Interior Faux Pas or Interior Trend?”

French Laquered White Chair with Feathered Fabric

French Lacquered White Chair with Feathered Fabric

Do you like to bring your animalistic side out in your interior?  This blog shows you how to create the perfect animal setting with out making it tacky or distasteful.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/fur-interior-faux-pas-or-interior-trend/

This year has been one to remember!  We are grateful that so many viewers’- almost 15,000 views this year- enjoy our blog and started to follow us because of it!  If you are one of our followers and wish to share this blog with some of your closest friends and family, choose this week’s blog!  It will give them a sample of what we are all about and what to look forward to in 2013.  Till then, we wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and a very Happy New Year! From the Fabrics and Frames Family to Yours!

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

Texas Ranch Style Homes: What Makes them Unique?

Original Texas ranch homes have rustic qualities which are unique to this style of architecture.  One  of the most striking differences between a modern Texas home and a traditional ranch styled Texas home is that a traditional ranch styled home will include materials of leather, hair-on-hide cow hides, nail heads trims, taxidermy wildlife, neutral color tones, stones, exposed wood and novelty items which show off the Lone Star State pride. Most Texans are quite proud to call themselves Texans and this pride can spill over into their home furnishings and decor.

Traditional Ranch Style Interior Home

Limestone and Austin stone are two of the natural resources that are plentiful in the state of Texas.  For luxurious homes that have  ranch themes to them, many individuals incorporate this natural material in walls, floors, bars and fireplaces as well as  landscaping.

Limestone Contemporary Fireplace

Limestone Wall to encase stairs

Texas Outdoor Limestone Kitchen and Bar

As you can see from the pictures above, stone can be used in both traditional and  contemporary applications.  Much of these aesthetic techniques depend on how the stone is cut or polished.   One of the most famous places in Dallas, Texas that shows the incorporation of limestone in their architecture and art is the Nasher Sculpture Center.  I have provided a link if you are interested in learning more about the center. (http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/James/Turrell/Skyspace)

Other materials that are common in Texas homes are cow hides.   There are three major different types of cow hides that Texans love to incorporate in their  ranch style homes:  leather, suede, and hair-on-hides.  Leather is commonly used with nail heads to create that ultra- traditional ranch look.  A benefit to using leather in homes is that it is that most  spills  can wipe right up.  Since leather is a natural product, you must condition it about every 6 months to keep its luxurious appeal.  Leather is not so forgiving when it comes to punctures so it is important to keep sharp objects off of it.  Many of our clients at Fabrics and Frames like to go with a leather and fabric combo on their furniture to help minimize these types of accidents from happening with their furniture.

Traditional Leather and Fabric Combination Sofa

I must warn you that leather furniture which is not made at Fabrics and Frames, may not be fully leather.  Much of the mass-produced “leather” furniture is a combination of leather and vinyl. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to put leather wherever you touch  and use vinyl everywhere else. It is not a bad look with all the very nice vinyls available today but don’t be fooled into thinking you are buying a full leather sofa when in fact you are not.  In the past couple of years, a new product called bonded leather has come out which is a vinyl top layer and a leather back layer. This is commonly sold as leather in the furniture world and will have the disadvantages of vinyl.  One of the main disadvantages of vinyl is that the top layer can peel but it is resistant to stains.

Great Resource for someone who wants that leather look at a high-end vinyl price!

Suede is a great natural product to use on something for decorative purposes but it is not very functional.  As many of us suede shoe owners know, once you get a spot on suede it’s hard to get it out!  A great compromise to this look is Nova suede or Ultrasuede which should not be confused with microfibers.  This generally will give the same look but stains are usually easy to get it out with a little soap and water!

Nova suede

Hair-on-hides are great for either rugs or upholstery.  There are many people who are just buying hides of this product to use  as a throw rug.  This product also makes  great accent pieces as well when used on small occasional chairs!  I would not recommend this product for someone who has allergies because it is actual hair from the cow on the hide and  may cause some people to have an allergic reaction.  If you are not one that is prone to allergies, then this product is a great way to incorporate a unique texture in the room!

Interior using Hair-on-hide rug

Hair-On- Hide Chair

Pillow using Hair-on-hide

As you can see, with this style of home you often have many different textures incorporated into the design.  A way to keep from being  so over- whelmed with texture is by using a neutral design palette  so that the textures will stand out without being distracted by color.  If you choose to use patterns, a suggestion would be to use tone-on-tone patterned  fabrics to keep the minimalistic approach to the design of the room which will enhance the rustic aesthetics of this Texas style.  At Fabrics and Frames we are always willing to help  create the  aesthetic design which suits our customer best! If you are interested in bringing this unique style to your home come see us for that perfect, polished look. We love being Texans and have great pride for our wonderful state and want to help you create that very special room!

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

Deconstructionism, How is it emerging?

What is Deconstructionism?

Deconstructionism is movement in design that emerged in the late 1980’s.  The idea is to show how something is constructed, but still be functional as a form of art or architecture. One of the unique things about this movement is that it forces the viewer to ponder about how things are put together. It’s philosophy states that “architecture is a language capable of communicating meaning and of receiving treatments by methods of linguistic philosophy”.  Some of the leading architects such as: Frank Gehry, Im Pei, and many other architectural firms have created designs in this style.  Check out some examples below:

Frank Gehry on Deconstructionism

Although we usually think of this architect as being more commercial when talking about his architectural designs, he has also designed residential spaces.  The image below is an example of deconstructionism in a residential space.  This is the house that Frank Gehry designed for himself, and legend states that the neighbors were not thrilled to have this in their neighborhood.

Deconstructed Exterior of Gehry House by Frank Gehry

Deconstructed Interior Space of Gehry House by Frank Gehry

Im Pei on Deconstructionism

One of the most recognized forms of architecture is the entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris.  Although there is much criticism on how modern the look is in comparison to the traditional form of architecture around it, it still is a great example of deconstructionism architecture.

Im Pei design of the Entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris. 1989.

SITE Architects on Deconstructionism

In the mid 1980’s a architecture firm by the name of SITE architects, started to produce designs for a company called BEST Products.  The interesting thing about their designs was the emphasis that the firm put into how they would push the limits of creativity in the deconstruction movement.  These are some of the best examples of what a creative team can produce, while keeping the structure functional.

SITE Architects, BEST Products Deconstructed Store. 1984.

This building was constructed to show that the building would literally open and close every day for business.

SITE Architects, BEST Products Deconstructed Store. 1975. Deconstructed entrance to the Notch Showroom store.

SITE Architects, BEST Products Deconstructed Store. 1984. Building shows how the bricks are literally falling off the buildings facade.

SITE Architects. BEST Products. Tilt Showroom 1976. Shows the entrance to the showroom being tilted as if it is being deconstructed from the facade of the building.

Dallas on Deconstructionism

Dallas is known for it emerging architecture by leading renowned international architects.  In 2012, the construction of Perot Museum of Nature and Science by the architecture firm Morphosis Architects has been introduced to the famous skyline of the city.  This new building shows that Deconstructionism is still emerging as a form of design, and may be the new look for contemporary architectural structures.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science by Morphosis Architects. Dallas, Texas.2012.

Deconstructionism in Furniture Design

As we learn more about architecture design, we notice that a lot of the movements that happen in the architectural world tend to spill into the interior design world.  Both worlds are very similar when you talk about the process of design.  In the past year, we have seen that this movement has made its mark in the furniture world of interior design.  The general public is beginning to look for the “new” innovative design in the furniture industry and they may have found it!

Although Deconstructionism is not new as a movement, it is new in furniture design.  Since the piece appears to look like a raw frame and completely unfinished, the look of deconstructionism in the furniture world is controversial.  Check out the images below to form a opinion on what you think about this movement.

Deconstructed Furniture in Room Setting

Deconstructed Wing Chair

Deconstructed Wing Chair-Back View

Straight Lined Post-Modernism Tuxedo Styled Chair

My personal, professional opinion is that as a movement in furniture, it will probably be short lived.  This look doesn’t appear to be as shocking when done on periodic pieces of furniture, like the the first image above.   When the piece of furniture becomes more straight lined and contemporary the look seems to have a  unfinished, undesirable quality to it as a style.  Many older pieces of furniture that date back 50+ years would have been constructed with burlap sacks, horse hair, and tacked upholstery.  The last example featuring the tuxedo styled chair is the ideal look of what you would find when deconstructing a chair around that time period.  As far as comfort,  I feel that over time it would eventually give you splinters because of the raw wood .  Also it may start to poke and scratch you from the tacking or filling inside the cushions.  If you are looking to make a statement in the room for non-functional purposes, then feel free to implement this design style.  If you are someone that is looking for functionality in their furniture,  this look is probably not for you.

The Deconstruction Movement in any form of design that has been seen as controversal.  It has a amount of shock value that many have a hard time grasping because of its  extreme contemporary design, even when using a traditional frame.

At Fabrics and Frames we have not yet been requested to design a piece of furniture in this Deconstruction style, but think that is would be both interesting and challenging to tackle for that very sophisticated, trendy client. Since we custom build our furniture from the ground up one piece at a time our intimate knowledge of the skeleton frame will give us an advantage when constructing this type of furniture. 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

Typography: How it is being used in fabrics, architecture, and design.

What is Typography?

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible.  Many designers in the area of art and design are using this technique to communicate a specific message to the viewer.  The most common form of typographic art is used for logo designs, but if you think outside of the box you may notice that typography is all around us.  From architecture, to famous music covers, and even fabrics used for interior design purposes typography is being used more frequently.  The way typography has made a presence on how we market businesses and products is truly a creative use in design.

Typography in Architecture 

 When designing a building as an architect, you sometimes have to look at the overall composition of the building as an artist.  There are many different criteria to consider when designing a building, with structure and support being the main focus. When it comes to the aesthetics of the building, you may sometimes notice that the facade of the building may have a theme associated with it that describes either  the purpose/ function of the building or the history of the building.  I have provided examples of two buildings that incorporate typography in the design of their building with these key themes in mind.

1. Wales Millennium Center, located in Cardiff Wells.

Wales Millennium Center: This Center is used as an Opera House , incorporating a typographic facade revolving around the poet Gwyneth Lewis words “In these Stones, Horizons Sing”. The words are printed on the facade of the building written in the language of Welsh and English.

2. House of Terror, located in Budapest, Hungary.

House of Terror: The awning of the building incorporates the words “TERROR” in the design, to reinforce the horrifying history of the building. Revolving the terror and torture that people experience here during the Nazi reign.

Typography in Music Cover Designs 

As the world gets more involved with tabloid magazines, the influence on the public for watching celebrities is rising.  Musical artists are leaning towards using fine art artists to generate the artwork for the cover of their CD’s and magazine shoots which gives the opportunity for young artists and designers to be discovered.  Many of these images are computer generated which opens up many possibilities to design and incorporate type.  Some of the leading artists are starting to work with this genre of design to give it a shock value that catches the interest of the viewer.

Beyonce Complex Magazine Cover using typography.

Kanye West Cover using a dye cut typography image.

Typographic Celebrity Image

Typography in Fabrics: Used in Interior Design

Just as in architecture and artwork typography has found its niche in interior design  as well.  It has mostly been incorporated in the room design with fabrics that have typographic images on them.  Since many designers and clients are using this type of design in their room schemes it leads us to believe that this could be the new wave for the 2012 room.

Typographic Fabric used on the In-Back of the Chair and Seat Cushion.

Burlap Sack used to cover Wing Chairs.

With a little creativity, you can use any fabric to design the room of your dreams.  Below are some of the typographic fabrics that Fabrics and Frames shows can be used for both durability and aesthetic purposes when designing your room.

Robert Allen: Pattern: Champion/ Poppy

Robert Allen: Pattern: Champion/ Poppy

Chair covered in Robert Allen: Champion/ Poppy

Kasmir: Pattern: Love Letters/ Pewter

Kasmir: Pattern: Love Letters/ Pewter

Micheal Jon Designs: Pattern: Boardwalk UBK/ Beach

MJD: Pattern: Boardwalk/ Beach

Chair covered in MJD: Pattern: Boardwalk UBK/ Beach

When incorporating typographic fabric in the scheme of the room, treat it as a novelty piece. Meaning that this should be the one unique thing in the room.  If you use a pattern with type, limit  its use to a small chair or a pair of pillows.  This type of fabric does appear to have a very bold presence to it and if you use it in abundance in the room it will become gaudy and over-baring.

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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