Shepard Fairey and Interior Design…

This past weekend I attended an opening exhibition for the famous “OBAMA HOPE” Artist Shepard Fairey at a gallery in Dallas called Public Trust which showcased his new collection called  “Printed Matters”.   This exhibition featured some of the artist’s new works on wood and zinc  plates which were inspired by  the legal troubles that he encountered since the release of his series of political posters.  Fairey has emerged as a mainstream artist since this original design came out in 2008.  This image is seen as the iconic image of the 2008 presidential campaign in the United States, although there are several different variations depending on the typography used.

Shepard Fairey: Obama Hope Poster
Trivia: Originally printed in one day,
featuring a collection of 350 posters and were sold on
the streets the same day they were printed.  
Posters may feature the typography of “hope”, “progress”, and “change”.
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust” Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Bayshore Billboard
silkscreen on wood, Edition 1/2
24 x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust “Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Writing’s on the Wall
silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. AP
24x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust Exhibion 2012
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust ” Printed Matters”Exhibition 2012
Defiant Youth
Silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. 2/2
24 x 18in

So how has Shepard Fairey influenced Interior Design?

Miami, Florida is well-known for its arts district and hosts art shows in the district of Wynwood once a month  on every second Thursday.  Wynwood Art Walks are a collaboration of the top artists around the world who are represented in a number of galleries in the area.   In this district you will find galleries, restaurants, and entertainment to keep art viewers intrigued. Shepard Fairey partnered up with the owners of Wynwood Kitchen and Bar’, which is located  in this district, to design a restaurant to represent some of the top artists in a unique dining experience.

Shepard Fairey Installing at the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

The idea behind the interior  of the bar is to juxtapose high end art with a luxurious hip atmosphere.  This  allows the restaurant’s diners to have a more enjoyable, creative dining experience.  By using beige, black, and red toned art throughout allows the atmosphere to better come alive once furniture and audience is present.  By installing art throughout the space, both inside and outside the restaurant, Fairey ensures that art seekers will enjoy the ultimate dining experience.

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

So how do I get a look for my establishment that looks like Wynwood Kitchen and Bar?

Although most companies will not be able to afford Shepard Fairey original murals in their establishments, they may be able to find a local street artist that is willing to be commissioned to create murals on their company’s walls. Another idea would be  to print a favorite image on a transparency and enlarge it onto the wall using a projector so that it is scaled appropriately, then trace and paint it accordingly.  Once the mural is in place in the establishment, start planning for furniture to be placed in!  Wynwood was created with driftwood accents, dark oak tables, and metallic leather upholstered furniture.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we offer a line of real and faux leathers which can create this metallic upholstered furniture look for you! These trends can give texture to your interior and yet not be too overwhelming if placed correctly.  When designing in exotic textures remember the mottoes “Less is More”.  Check out the faux leathers below! Some look so real that it is hard to believe they are fake!

JF Fabrics
Reptile Embossed Vinyl- Patent Leather Finish
Pattern: Hip Hop
Color34j5411

Robert Allen Fabrics
Pattern: Kidskin
Color: Silver

J. F. Fabrics
Stretchable Vinyl for Distress Leather Look
Pattern: Houdini
Color:59J5401

Even if you don’t own your own business you can apply these same ideas to your  home for a truly unique room. If you enjoy that very artsy look and are looking for something new to try this may be a great idea for you! Complement the art and paint in the room with unique upholstery pieces including funky chairs, interesting banquettes with metallic leathers, or even leather upholstered bars.  If your design is to be the major focal point in the room then your furniture should have clean, fluid lines that will complement, not overpower, the art and fabrics in the space.  At Fabrics and Frames we want to help you create a space that is uniquely “you”.  We can design that perfect piece for your room so that it will be a true reflection of your ideas and tastes whether you are a little funky or a true traditionalist.

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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Frugality in Furniture…Looking at Younger Generations Perspectives vs. Older Generations Perspectives

How does buying high quality furniture translate into frugality in furniture purchases? We need to look at the older generation’s philosophy about consumer spending.  Most of the  people over 40 have a different perspective when buying furniture than a person in their twenties.  As buyers begin to establish themselves financially they also  begin to see furniture as an investment just as their parents did. They are savy enough to know that quality does not come cheap and know that ” You pay for what you get!”  is generally true. They understand that there is a reason why you pay more for a better product. They also did not grow up in as disposable a society as we have seen in the last generation.

Fabrics and Frames Furniture has been endorsing quality furniture for 34 years and has found that in the last decade or so we have predominantly catered to the over 40 consumer.  On occasion we do come across a savy younger shopper who understands and appreciates quality in furniture.    But why doesn’t every younger person shop with quality in mind?  As someone in their late twenties, I frequently come across peers who say that they don’t want to spend $2,000 plus for a sofa that will last them a lifetime because they see furniture as disposable and want to constantly change their room every couple of years.  They are still learning who they are and what their style is. Although I see their point that a room can become stagnant, I don’t understand why they will spend $1000 plus for a sofa that they will only get to use for 3-5 years before it begins to fall apart.  I try to show them how it will be more economical for them to spend more on a quality piece in a furniture style that is classic and  change the small accessories around the room to update their look every couple of years.

On  Sunday, August 18, 2012, I  came across an article in the Dallas Morning News called Think long-term when shopping for new furniture  which explained how we have had a consumer  mentality of  being wasteful.  We have been living by certain  mottoes such as: “Buy Cheap”, “If it breaks, throw it away” and ” When you’re tired of something, give it away and start over.”   We are constantly reminded that economic times are still hard for many even though they have improved over the last couple of years.  With this in mind, isn’t it more economical to invest in a product that you have always wanted or really love that will give you years and years of use?  We need to get back to the  days of our grandparents who bought furniture to keep for years and would reupholster several times before discarding it.  Refurbish, restyle, and reuse are becoming more in vogue as our society is beginning to see the errors of its ways in being so disposable.  Our society is becoming more aware of its wastefulness which is a great thing. As we watch our landfills grow and water supplies shrink we are getting back to a more frugal society more like our ancestors. We find more and more classic furniture options in the stores today.The classic styles of sofas that have been around for centuries  can have an eclectic style that fits in with the current trends.  Some of the styles  include the chesterfield sofa, mid-century style sofas, and danish styled sofas.  What all of these pieces have in common are linear lines  which do not become dated as our tastes change. They adapt well to whatever the new trends bring us.

This chesterfield styled sofa has roots dating back to early 18th century furniture. To enhance a contemporary feel, this sofa can handle vibrant colors as well as neutral tones.

This particular piece of furniture has many straight linear lines with in the furniture frame itself, juxtaposed with minor rounded corners to create a softer home look. Small tapered legs give it a modern, low to the ground appeal.

This particular style of furniture is classic because it started to emerge around the early 1940’s and 1950’s. Great classic shows like “I love Lucy” and “Dick van Dyke” would show this style of furniture in the background. Currently in high demand among individuals, this straight lined retro sofa is a great way to stay economical and frugal in your furniture!

Since Fabrics and Frames is a manufacturer, we are often called upon to  help out many of our neighbor furniture companies in the Dallas area by repairing  structural damages in their furniture.  Fixing structural damages in other manufacturer’s furniture allows us to see the many differences in how they construct their furniture versus how we construct our furniture.  Many manufacturers no longer offer the option of a real spring system.  One reason for this is because they can acquire higher profit margins by using a webbing system and can offer their product for a lower retail price. This type of support system does not hold up over the long term.  Another thing that has changed in the furniture world is the type of woods that some manufacturers are using. At Fabrics and Frames Furniture we only use  hard woods  such as  oak so that our frames will never split or crack.  Some manufacturers are no longer using hardwoods in there frame construction  because it is more economical for them to build with other  woods such as pine and even plywood.  Hardwoods are a bit more expensive to build with and  using softer woods such as pine to build out of is definitely more cost effective initially but not in the long term.   When using a less sturdy wood  the frame is much easier to brake or split. In the end buying a less expensive piece of furniture may not always be the most economical considering you will have to replace it much more often.

Sofa not using Hardwoods in Furniture Frame.  Example of how sofa can split and brake in half when not properly supported.

So as a younger individual, how can I create a room that I will be able to change as I change with just a few minor details?  

One way that you can enhance frugality in your furniture buying is to purchase simple, solid colored pieces.  There are a number of colors that will complement almost any color combination.  These colors are beige, taupe, brown, black  and grey.  They are considered neutral tones and depending on your aesthetics can be used in traditional, transitional, or contemporary settings.

When using a black sofa in the room, most of the time it gives a contemporary feel. This is not always the case, and really depends on the style of the piece of furniture. You can liven up the room with bright colors such as red or gold.

Using a neutral colored sofa such as taupe will give you the option to punch color in the room with small accessories such as pillows!

Classic Chesterfield Sofa looks great in any neutral color tone. This creates a nostalgic feel in the room.

Grey Sofa infused with pink accessories

Remember that you don’t have to invest in high quality pieces of furniture everywhere in your home.  If you focus on quality in the main areas of your home where your furniture gets the most use, you will be able to expand the longevity of your furniture.  For many this area would be the  living room and television rooms of your home where most of the activities of your household take place. For other areas of your home that get much less use it is perfectly fine to purchase a lower quality piece that will fit the space. You can fill in with lower quality decorative occasional pieces that are mostly for looks and  style to complete those rooms that are rarely used. Since these pieces will not get lots of use they should last you for many years!

Recycling is becoming a necessity as our natural resources are dwindling and our environment is at risk.  So the next time you start your search for a new sofa or chair remember to focus on quality just as your parents and grandparents did. It will last you for years to come and maybe even your children and grandchildren can enjoy your purchase as well as a better world because of your frugality!

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

Extra long sectional with ottoman to match- great modular sectional look!

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