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:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

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:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

Glamour In Your Decor

During the late 19th century, the word “glamour” was introduced into the movie industry in an effort to create a more attractive appearance on set. “Glamour is the impression of attraction or fascination that a particularly luxurious or elegant appearance creates, an impression which is better than the reality.” (  When we think of interior genres, Old Hollywood Glamour fits in this category perfectly.  When you walk into a room that is designed in this style, it conveys an elegance that screams “luxury”.  Some examples of this are below:

Old Hollywood Glamour

Hollywood Glamour is based off design elements that give you a soft, glitzy, feminine touch.  Although many times it is perceived as an interior space that has a minimalistic style, this is not the case because the monochromatic color pallete  gives the illusion that there are less objects in the room than there actually are.

So How do I create a “Old Hollywood Glamour” Look?

Modern Hollywood Glamour

Shiny! Shiny! Shiny! is the motto for creating a room like this… When shopping to create this look you want to pick out some of the most gaudy, shiny things possible!   The room will have mirrored furniture, glitzy fabrics, chandeliers, and acrylic furniture incorporated into the decor to project a modern take on the “Old Hollywood” style.  But…it is very important that you make sure that all the pieces you select coordinate with each other!  To create this look, you will only need one or two things in each category.


1. Mirrored Furniture

2. Glitz Fabrics

(Never repeat a pattern twice, unless it’s for symmetry purposes)

3. Chandelier

4.Acrylic Furniture

Step 1: Mirrored Furniture

There are many places where you can get mirrored furniture these days, but when selecting each piece you need to pay attention to the finish of the mirror.  Mirrors will come in a clean clear finish or an antique distressed finish. If you choose to place more than one mirrored piece in the room they need to have the same finish  so that one does not look dirtier than the other.

Distressed Mirrored Furniture

Simple Mirror Furniture

Step 2: Glitz Fabrics

Use shiny, glitzy fabrics in this room as a punch of texture.  There are many fabrics that have a shiny texture such as patent leather, satin, taffeta, or silk.  There are also velvets and other textured fabrics which incorporate metallic images and threads that give a presence of glamour.  Anything with a minimalistic sparkle will create that high-end appeal to the world of shine!

JF Fabrics Metallic Fabrics

JF Fabrics Metallic Chenille

JF Fabrics Metallic Chenille

Patent Leather



Step 3: Chandelier

Although chandeliers are light fixtures that are “ornate, containing dozens of lamps and complex arrays of glass or crystal prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light”, they will vary in shape and size!  When incorporating a chandelier into the ambiance of an “Old Hollywood” glamour room, keep in mind which style would work best for the space of your room. Your chandelier should complement not overpower the rest of the room.

Traditional Chandelier

Modern Chandelier

Contemporary Glass Chandelier

Contemporary Whimsical Chandelier

Colored Chandelier

Step 4: Acrylic Furniture

Incorporating the room with acrylic furniture accents will give the visual appearance that there is more space.  Whether you are incorporating an all acrylic chair, or acrylic legs on your upholstered furniture this clean translucent look will enhance the luxurious look that “Old Hollywood” Glamour achieves.

Acrylic Leg Tufted Bench

Hollywood Glamour Acrylic Chairs

As you can see, there are many things that you must consider when designing a room after the “Old Hollywood” Glamour look.  The most important design key is to remember that “Simple is Better”.  You don’t want to go overboard with shine and glamour because then it looses its elegant luxurious appeal.  Each item that you choose for the room must represent unique qualities that are not incorporated into other rooms. It is great to recycle old furniture from  Rococo and French Baroque Period which will enhance the dramatic curves in the room and give the elegance that this particular look deserves.

For more information or questions about designing or where you get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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Trendy Christmas Interiors

Tis the season to decorate!  Christmas is a great season to bring out the glitter, have fun with color, and make new traditions!  You can create a very Merry Christmas interior whether you are on a budget or you like to splurge.

So what style of Interior fits you?

A White Christmas

A White Christmas

If you are an individual that prefers your interior to be tranquil, then having a White Christmas may be the look for you!  Adding ornaments to a interior plant or tree can send an inviting welcome to your home’s interior.  You may want to begin the White Christmas theme at the entrance of your home so that people know that you are welcoming the season into your home as well as them!  Other suggestions to keep this look soft and tranquil is just by adding splashes of gold and silver throughout the home.  Sparkle and gllitter seems to lift spirits and won’t be too vibrant for the calm peaceful look that you are trying to achieve.

Trendy Christmas

Deck the halls with a splash of color!  Many of us have a favorite color but we don’t use it throughout the house because it sometimes can be a little bright.  Holidays are great because it allows you to bring out your whimsical and creative side! Create rooms inspired by your favorite colors this season.  Mix your favorite colors with gold and silver glittered Christmas accessories to create a trendy monochromatic Christmas!

Homemade Christmas

The tradition of using ornaments began first by gathering things that you would find outside during this season and decorate with it!  People use to use holly, ivy, thorns and berries.  They would create wreaths, candles, candy canes, stockings, bells, and angels using these objects found in nature. Decorations could be used inside and outside the home.  There were also religious meanings behind some of these objects used such as the color green. The evergreen tree never loses its leaves in the winter thus it symbolizes eternal life.

As time went on, people contiued with this idea of gathering found objects for decorations and started to create personal Christmas interiors.  This was a way for everyone to participate in the holiday fun.  Making and using your own decorations can be fun, “green”, and social. This is a season that can be lonely for many people. By calling a friend over to string candy or popcorn to hang on your tree can turn into a fun bonding experience!

String Pom-Pom Balls, to create whimsical garland!

Use Pom-Pom Balls to decorate found pine cones.

Decorate Trees with Candy!

Organic Christmas- Use dried fruit, and popcorn to decorate tree!

A Traditional Christmas

Regardless of your taste in interiors, decorating your home to represent you will give you the most joy!  Using any of these traditional decorations to decorate your home will give the feeling of “Home for the Holidays!”  Mix and Match homemade accessories with bought accessories for that special personal touch. The most important thing is to enjoy your holiday decorating and give your home that warm holiday feel!

Everyone here at Fabrics and Frames wishes you a very joyous, safe and happy holiday season!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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Written By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By:Linda Decuir

Have you ever wonder where the origin of the trendiest patterns come from?

Today I am going to discuss three different fabric patterns that have been around for generations and still continue to be very important in the design world: Houndstooth, Flamestitch, and Ikat.

The Houndstooth Pattern:

When you are in the field of design, you often see the current fashion trends emerge in different genre’s of design, such as furniture design or interior design.  The houndstooth design has been a leading pattern in all aspects of design for many decades.  The first time that I noticed this pattern was in a 1969 Camaro.  I thought it was an odd choice for car interior, but soon realized that this pattern was used to mark the car as a special edition.

From then on I started to realize that the houndstooth pattern has been used in multiple applications in design for many years.  In 1885 a high-end clothier by the name of De Pinna created a line of clothes that highlighted this pattern in both women’s and men’s clothes.  Once he was known for incorporating this particular pattern into his designs, he put out a full men’s suit clothing line.  This pattern is a timeless pattern that has been seen throughout the decades.

Today, the houndstooth is used as a fashion statement in both fashion and interior design just as it has been in the past. Some common places where you might see a houndstooth is on purses, pillows, chairs, artwork, and jewelery.

The Flamestitch Pattern:

When Missoni decided to be the latest designer to participate in Target’s “Go Line” products, we found out that flame stitch patterns were back in demand.  The line was released in September, and the anticipation for the line was so extreme that Target sold out of all merchandise around the U.S. in a matter of hours.  If you are not familiar with Missoni, he is a high-end fashion designer that is known for the incorporation of the “flame-stitch” pattern in most of his fashion pieces.

The origin of the Flamestitch, came from a style of embroidery that was very popular during the 1600’s.  This pattern was hand-woven and used in many applications except for clothing fabric. Below is a picture showing the flamestitch pattern used in the 1600’s.

1600’s Upholstered Flamestitch Wall

Today, the pattern is used for many purposes.  As an interior designer, I’ve mostly seen the pattern used for more traditional designs.  But as the interior design world starts to merge with the fashion world, I have seen more contemporary flamestitch patterns emerge.  Celebrities and high-end designers used this “zig-zag” pattern to draw the eye to something specific in the room.  When a room is designed with balance in mind, this bold pattern can create hierarchy within the design because it makes such a bold impression.

Currently, I have noticed this trend in the homes of celebrities. During the recent seasons of  the Kardashians “Khloe and Lamar”,  I have noticed that the family has recently redecorated all the Kardashian homes and somewhere in each room of Khloe and Lamar’s home, the flamestitch is incorporated.  Below you will see what I am talking about.

Khloe and Lamar’s Home Office using Flame Stitch Chair

Khloe and Lamar Velvet Sofa with Flame stitch Accent Pillows. (Khloe sits on flamestitch pillow)

The flamestitch pattern has been around for centuries and should continue to be known as a timeless pattern as well. As a designer I would usually suggest this pattern for a soft contemporary or a very traditional feel.  The difference in looks will depend on the color tones that are in the flamestitch itself.  When you have more earth tones or very bold bright colors in the pattern, it may come off as being more modern.  When there are more jewel tones incorporated in the pattern, it will generally have a more traditional spin. Contemporary Flamestitch:

Traditional Flamestitch:

traditional flamestitch chair in jewel tones

The Ikat Pattern:

The Ikat Pattern is the world’s traditional “tie-dye” technique.  The word “Ikat” actually means “to tie” or “to bind” in the Indonesian Language.  This form of dying practice is used in many different cultures.  The difference between a traditional IKAT design and tie-dye design is that with the IKAT design the fabric is woven first and the resist bindings are then applied to the fabric which is dyed.  In warp ikat the patterns are clearly visible in the warp threads on the loom even before the plain colored weft is introduced to produce the fabric. In weft ikat it is the weaving or weft thread that carries the dyed patterns which only appear as the weaving proceeds. In weft ikat the weaving proceeds much slower than in warp ikat as the passes of the weft must be carefully adjusted to maintain the clarity of the patterns. This past season IKAT’s became a big trend.  You saw this pattern emerge in fashion, furniture, pillows, and accessories.

Regardless of the pattern choice, we see that all these patterns have their own unique origins and have continued to be used in the design world for many years.  In the desigh world, we often find that the key to a good design is putting a contemporary spin to an old idea.

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written By: Erica Guajard

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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