The Influence of Peacocks!

The power of peacocks has influenced the design and art world for a number of reasons revolving around spirituality, famous logos, and  trendy interior designs.  The peacock has a relation in many religions that connects the pheasant with  patience, kindness, compassion, knowledge, and love.  This creature has appeared in many different forms throughout time. Some examples are below.

Artworks that have Peacock Influences:

Murugan by Raja Ravi Varma: This shows the Hindu god of war Murugan, also referred to as Kartikeya. The image shows the diety with a crown of peacock feathers around his head which was believed that the peacocks had given the feathers as a reminder of patience, kindness, compassion, and knowledge.

Mario Mariotti: Italian based artist who specializes in creating objects from his hands.

Although these pieces of artwork contrast with each other, they are both great examples of how peacocks have emerged in art through time.  Another great example of how the peacock has influenced the public is the logo for NBC.  On May 22, 1956 the original eleven feathered bird designed by John J. Graham had been released as the NBC logo.  Later in the mid 80’s the image was altered to show only 6 feathers.

1956 NBC logo

Revised NBC logo

The Peacock Influence in the Interior Design World:

At the beginning of the 2012 year, the company Greenhouse Fabrics debuted it’s book called, “Eclectic Elements”, which came out featuring a very popular fabric that showed the image of peacock feathers.  From the day of this book debut, the fabric was extremely popular and has been used on many different furniture pieces.

Greenhouse Fabric: A 1586/ radicchio

Greenhouse Fabric: A1586/ Radicchio on Reupholstered Chair

One great thing about this fabric is that it incorporates a metallic stitch in the pattern giving it a whimsical modern approach to the traditional image of peacock fabric.  Another reason this particular fabric has had such a great response is it’s terrific use of color.  This pattern comes in many different color ways!

The image of the peacock has also been a big trend in interior design, regardless if its in fabrics,or a mural on the wall.  It has shown itself to be a pronounced design that many are drawn to. Check out below to see what I mean!

Peacock Image Mural on Wall

Robert Allen: Vintage Plumes/ Camel


Robert Allen: Vintage Plumes/ Camel on Contemporary Parsons Chair

The last place that peacocks have influenced the interior design world is in their color.  The “peacock” color, very similar to a caspian blue, has emerged through out the past 5 years as the cool trendy color.  This color pairs up well with warm colors, such as the color of the year “tangerine tango”. The color does not appear to be too vibrant in color although it has a major presence in a room.  Below are a few examples.

Peacock Colored Furniture: 

Peacock Leather Extra Wide Two-Armed Chaise Lounge

Peacock Colored Velvet Tufted Fainting Chaise Lounge

French Baroque Button Tufted Peacock Blue Silk Sofa with White Lacquer Finish

Rooms  with Peacock Colored Influences:

Peacock Colored Bedroom

Duralee Peacock Fabric Walls

Peacock Walls as a light accent.

Peacocks have influenced many areas of art and interior design.  This animal has a presence that is kind in nature and promotes a compassionate, gentle feeling.  This may be the reason why it has been so popular in the world of design.  As a designer, it is important to design a room that the client wants to enjoy and feels at peace in. The calming color keeps the room trendy without the annoyance of being too vibrant in color or presence.  When using the pattern in the room, you will only want to repeat the image once unless you are using it in different scales.  Repetition is important in design, but when it is a unique print like peacock, you want it to create hierarchy in the overall design scheme of the room so a good hint is to use the pattern only once in a 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


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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

Creating Conversational Pieces of Furniture to Create an Artsy Chic Look!

As you browse through the latest issue of your favorite interior design magazine, you will notice that one of the new trends in home furnishings is to add an unusual piece of furniture that says “Look at me!” into your room.  Interior designers are stepping away from the traditional and allowing themselves to create bold new looks that mostly focus on using creative patterns and textures to make bold statements.  Like these below:

Bold Statement Conversational Furniture

Transitional Styled Chair with Textured Cotton Print

Keeping the front transitional and simple with neutral cotton fabric. Using Ball and Claw leg to give the piece an eclectic feel. Whimsical Beach Texture Cotton Print to make bold artsy statement.

Create hierarchy with a living space with a fun patterned novelty chair! Using fabrics that are inspired by Navajo and Mexican Traditional Blankets is a great way to create a modern heritage look!

Bold Trendy Look that every designer is trying to squeeze into their design! This unique styled birdcage chair is one of the leading trends in design, making its mark in trendy bold colors and patterns. This chair can be used in the most modern rooms to transitional styled rooms!

Acrylic Inspired Furniture

Another look that designers are starting to trend towards is acrylic inspired furniture. Although the furniture stays predominately traditional in shape, the use of acrylic legs on wood furniture is the new “it” thing to do!  From parsons chair legs to Queen Anne legs in acrylic, this look is starting to place its footprint on the way new-edge designers are creating new trends.  Some examples are provided below:

Bronze Velvet Armed Bench with Queen Anne Acrylic Legs.

White Leather Fully Upholstered Bed with tapered Acrylic Leg.

Brown Velvet Traditional Bench with Acrylic Legs.

Yellow Texture Tufted Bench with tapered Parsons Acrylic Legs.

By adding this translucent look to a room it naturally allows the furniture to blend with any particular interior design scheme as well as helping to make the piece feel lighter in the room.  This look is great for the person that wants to stay transitional with a modern twist.

So how do I get this Artsy Chic look?

Answer: Use Fabrics and Frames C.O.M. Program

Fabrics and Frames Furniture offers a program which allows designers and inspiring designers to bring or send customers own materials to our showroom.  We like to encourage the average person to get creative with their room. With this program the customer can create the exact look that they are trying to achieve.  Although we have a staff of designers in the showroom to assist you in making the best decisions for the overall look of your room, we understand that you have your own ideas and may already know exactly what you would like. We can work out the ergonomic details if you send us a picture of what you are trying to achieve.  This program does require the customer to send us the fabrics and or acrylic legs that you would like to use. We are also always happy to help you find that perfect fabric!

If you are not looking to do the design work yourself…Our showroom designers will do the work for you!  We offer free in-house design services for people that are looking to complete a project that they have been neglecting.   We can build custom upholstered furniture which is made to your specs in our Dallas showroom! Or if you have an existing unique piece that you need to reupholster we can do that too! Fabrics and Frames is always looking for an excuse to help our clients create new inspirational designs.  For more information or questions about designing or where you 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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Bold Is Back!

For the past few years, the design world has emphasized minimalistic design as the way to the future!  By basing our design on the approach of the feng shui lifestyle, we created palates for design that were based on mostly neutral colors.  The world of design never stays the same for too long, and with change in mind, we have started to see high-end furniture creating Calico Inspired Pieces of Furniture with Bold Patterns!

So How Do I get this look, at a price that I can afford?

In order to achieve this look you need to start by selecting several fabrics that coordinate well with each other.  Keep in mind that the fabrics need to coordinate in color, weight of fabric, and scale.  When coordinating fabrics together, remember that each of them should have the same intensity of color incorporated in them.  If you have multiple fabrics that are going together but one is less intense than all the others, you can run into the problem of bad balance in the piece.

Good Overall Balance. Blue Pillow visually draws your eye into the center of sofa, creating good hierarchy with in the composition of the overall look.

The actual weight of the fabrics is also a concern in creating a calico inspired piece. Since you will have multiple fabrics on one piece of furniture, you don’t want one fabric to be a lot heavier than the other pieces of fabric used or the balance will be way off.  A good tip is to use the same basic type of fabric for all fabrics selected…such as choosing all cotton prints or all upholstery weight fabrics.  You would never want to mix and match the two different types of fabrics together.

Choosing the same weight of fabrics will emphasize balance.

 Since this design choice consists of multiple fabrics, you should have variation in pattern scale.  This will create balance in the piece itself when done properly.  A good rule of thumb is never duplicating the same style of fabric twice.  Start by choosing one stripe, one ditsy fabric (small-scale), one medium scale, and one bold large print.  You can even incorporate a solid in the composition.

After selecting all the patterns that are going to be used, there is one more decision to make, which is choosing the style of the furniture.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we specialize in custom furniture and reupholstering.  Many people believe that reupholstering is somewhat less expensive than creating new.  Sometimes this is true, but oftentimes it can cost as much as a new piece.  One of the reasons for this is because people don’t take into consideration all it takes to make an old piece of furniture look new again.  Many of these eclectic styled pieces of furniture are made out old French inspired pieces.  Some of them date back 100 years or more.  When you have a piece of furniture that is this old, there are many things to keep in mind such as how the piece was originally constructed.  It is likely that most pieces that are considered antiques were  constucted using horse hair or coconut hair inside the furniture.  Having this inside your furniture can sometimes create a home for little pests to live in such as weavels.  Weavels are  small bugs that live inside furniture, slowly eating away at the wood.  They are very similar to the termite.  Most people don’t realize that they have this animal living in their furniture because you usually can’t tell they are in the piece of furniture until you start reupholstering it.  One indication that the piece of furniture may be infested with these little creatures is if you see that the furniture looks like it has small little “pock”holes in the wood.  To be safe, we always suggest taking out everything that is old and replacing it with new inserts when reupholstering. This will eliminate any future problems in the furniture but the piece will no longer hold the value that an antique piece does and will drive up the price of the reupholstery.

So what if I don’t want an expensive old vintage style furniture frame?

This style can be created with hand-me-down furniture from your parents’ or grandparents’ attic or garage…Just try to use a piece of furniture that is not over fifty years old.  This will eliminate the labor cost of doing an antique re-do.  Worse case situation would be that you may have to replace the foam inside if the piece is too old.( This is a minor charge in comparison to a total redo).

If you are looking to buy new, then I would suggest you consider creating a modular styled contempoary designed furniture piece.  This is the best way to get this calico look in a contemporary setting. I have provided images that show the old style of calico styled furniture vs. new calico styled furniture.

Old Styled Calico Designed Furniture

New Modular Calico Designed Furniture

This particular style is not for everyone, but can create a dramatic appealing look for a room that is already great architectually or for those who just want to try something new and whimsical.  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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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