Maresca Textiles needed only to look across its hometown landscape to find inspiration for its latest collection of fabric and wallcovering.
Designer Kathryn Faull drew from the architectural aesthetics of Chicago, where her luxury design studio is based, to develop a new assembly of graphic geometric patterns for drapery and upholstery and accent fabrics as well as residential and commercially rated Type II wallcovering.
“There is so much beauty in the intricate architecture of Chicago’s buildings, it was a no-brainer to draw on this for my latest collection,” said Faull, who referenced structures in the downtown Chicago and Oak Park neighborhoods by the late famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Maresca Textiles offers handmade printed linens and wallpapers, all designed by Faull. She hand-sketches each design and adds mark-making techniques such as block print, pen-and-ink, watercolor or resist painting. From there, each one is printed using screen print or digital print techniques on fine Belgian linens, papers, and grass-cloth wallcovering.
For this season’s collection, Faull’s patterns were digitally printed in Chicago and Detroit and screen-printed in California.
Oak Park wallpaper embraces clean lines and geometry, and speaks to traditional motifs from early 20th Century prairie-style architecture, which she described as “a movement away from the excess of ornament, relying heavily on craftsmanship, detail, and simplicity.” The classic Prairie Style Plaid fabric “embodies these ideals, but is freshened up by color combinations and handmade markings.” To create the look, Faull used various pen and ink marks to create repeating lines, configured into a plaid pattern.
The geometric and Greek motifs of the Randolph wallpaper were created using a block-printing technique to enhance the handmade, antique look and create variety in the texture of the print. In the same vein, the Randolph Stripe fabric draws its inspiration from the architectural details found within the Cultural Center and Rookery buildings in downtown Chicago. True to these highly ornamental buildings, the fabric is awash with layered patterns and textures, resulting in a color range that gives the pattern depth and movement.
Like the Randolph designs, the La Salle fabric is inspired by the Rookery building’s exterior texture. The Moorish and Romanesque motifs of the brick have been layered and mixed together to create this fabric’s effect. Subtle, tonal coloration of the layered patterns lend softness to the geometric pattern.
The Prairie Collection will be available online and in showrooms across the U.S. beginning October 15.
Courtesy: Home Textile Today
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