Top 5 fabrics of 2020.
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that the creative process never stops and we, right along with our customers, are adapting to the new ways of communicating, designing, and showcasing our products. As the chilling air of uncertainty settled, we discovered that this year was full of inspiring fabric finds, never-before-done projects, and a just a general sense that the best is yet to come.
Now, at the end of this long and winding road, we welcome the new year with excitement and hope, waiting to reconnect and share brand new projects we’ve been working on.
But before we welcome the new year, let’s take a look at some of this year’s best through the eyes of our creative director Louise Trafficanti. Enjoy!
Top 5 fabric picks of 2020 :
This fabric is so overlooked. It is a beautiful melange in a spa and grey palette with a very fine pleated texture. The bonus is that this fabric has some warm tones so it can work with a warm or cool palette. A bed upholstered in this would be “chef’s kiss“
This fabric stops me in my tracks every time I see it! It combines the historic element of the toile de jouy executed in embroidery, which gives it a fresh edge. The scale, color scheme, and detail is incredible: from the people with the parasols to the little bus and the fruit vendor… Someone needs to write a story about Chappey: it is there in the piece just waiting to come out!
I saw this fabric hanging at an international trade show (back in those gold ole days) and I stopped and had to look. When I touched it, I could not believe it: this fabric is a blend of wool and cashmere and is one of the most luxurious fabrics I have ever felt! Pillows in Anderson deserve to have a room built around them, the textile is that strong. An absolute leading actor type fabric.
Drama! This fabric has scale, bold brushstrokes, subtle pockets of multicolor... bedding is the perfect product for a textile like Lyra. Whether you see stormy clouds or a moody seascape, it’s a powerful dynamic fabric that’s inspired by nature. We developed Lyra from original artwork so I think there is a different level of gratification when you see something evolve fully from actual artwork to finished product.
Stop, look closer and you will not be disappointed! Kava Bronze is a woven fabric that is screen printed with a copper ink to create a beautiful warm metallic. The printing is what causes the fabric to have this irregular pattern. Only a few mills in the world can create these unique specialty fabrics and we are so lucky to be able to source from them.
Favorite product is such a hard decision, it’s like mentioning your favorite child! If I had to pick I think it would be the Tudor leather pillows. Why do I love them so much? Probably because this is our first experience of working with one leather in multiple colors and the colors are all so stunning. The smell of the leather is intoxicating and the pillows are so sophisticated - you get a monochromatic feel with two very different textiles that are both luxurious. Also for as busy as some of our textiles are, there is something so sublime, pure, and even distilled about the Tudor group. I mean anyone would be hard pushed to not find a place where one of those pillows would fit in their home. Simple, elegant, saturated color- Tudor has it all.
One of the products we launched that is only just gaining momentum is Hullabaloo. This kids group is so creative and our designers did an amazing job with color, pattern, trims and creating a very current relevant look for today's kids rooms. Kids are being exposed at a much younger age to style, images, lifestyle and branding through digital media. They have a very evolved palette and Hullabaloo is not a traditional pink /blue group but a complex collection that screams personality. Just watch it take off!
Thoughts on 2021
I am looking forward to a fresh year. We have our calendar jam packed with so many beautiful new collections, I’m not sure which one I am the most excited about. In all of my years at Eastern Accents we have never planned our new introductions this far out and had so many new things in the pipeline. I love our new way of introducing products every month, it keeps us on our toes and ensures that we stay fresh and relevant.
I am also hoping to see as many of our customers and vendors as we can next year. Interior design is a relationship-based business and the personal interaction was missed this year. We love our customers, their projects, and stories- we are very much looking forward to that happening again next year.