Samuel and Sons Passementerie

08.20.19

Talking Trim With Lori Weitzner

Talking Trim Designer Lori Weitzner | Inside the Studio

An updated, contemporary interpretation of her first collection for Samuel & Sons thirteen years ago, Encore by Lori Weitzner is comprised of exquisitely sophisticated pleated borders complemented by the reintroduction of her Opaline Cultured Pearl Fringe. The collection brings a new vision to pleating and beading, introducing contemporary colorings and advanced techniques in a multifaceted collection of dimensional designs.

Lori graciously welcomed us into her studio for a tour and behind-the-scenes look at the development of Encore. We’ve captured moments from the process—her experiments in color and construction—that led to the final production of eight new designs while hearing her thoughts on designing trim, color trends and what inspired the new collection.

Talking Trim: A Q&A With Lori Weitzner

What is your design process like?

LW: Our process is multi-faceted– we draw, we paint, we play, we sew, we bead — we do all kinds of things. Then we go to the mills and we develop with them our ideas and then we tweak and work some more. Sometimes our ideas our realized as we had hoped, and sometimes we have to go back to the drawing board. And sometimes, with the collaborative help of our artisans, the final product is even better than we had hoped!

 

What is the story behind Encore?

LW: Encore is a very special collection to me because the very first collection that I did 13 years ago, Repertoire, was also all about pleating. I love the technique, but I also love the dimension it gives to what is normally a 2D product. With pleating, it becomes 3D and it becomes alive; as light hits it from different angles in a space it looks really beautiful. What I wanted to do with Encore was push the envelope on what pleating could be.

 

How is designing trim different from designing fabric?

LW: One of the first things I learned designing trim is that unlike fabric, the more colors you have within it, the more chance it has of success because it can live with other things so easily. The other thing I love about designing trim, is that it is what I like to call “jewelry for the home”. The finishing detail that makes something that might otherwise be ordinary-extraordinary– just by the addition of that special detail. This allows us so many options.

 

What is your favorite style in this collection?

LW: Virtuoso. It actually utilizes four different processes! It is a laser cut pattern that is pleated, digitally printed, and then sewn onto a tape. What I love about it is that it combines old and new techniques alike —a very contemporary technique of  laser cutting combined with the ancient technique of sewing and applique; Old and new together to create such a beautiful pattern.

 

What else do you love about how the collection turned out?

LW: I love the fact that we can do something very classic and silk like, and then we can do something in a dry wool that is very contemporary and chic. Both pleated, but both completely different from each other. They can offer our clients many variations to work from.

 

What colors have you seen trending lately?

LW: Nudes and blush tones are the new neutrals. Grays are warming up. Everything is warming up. More “colorful” neutrals, every kind of green. And of course pink and purple are back but they are now more “sassy” than “sweet”.

 

 

“Rooted in textiles, I am always searching for and inspired by dimension and texture. The Encore collection celebrates that through pleat, origami, color play, embroidery, and beading. The inspiring possibilities trim provides are thrilling and endless.” Lori Weitzner

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Encore collection by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

 

Inside the design studio during the development of the Encore collection by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Virtuoso Applique Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

Virtuoso Applique Border

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Merengue Pleated Metallic Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

Merengue Pleated Metallic Border

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Encore collection by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Merengue Pleated Metallic Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

Merengue Pleated Metallic Border

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Merengue Pleated Metallic Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

Merengue Pleated Metallic Border

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Encore collection by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

 

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Minuet Pleated Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

Minuet Pleated Border

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Minuet Pleated Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

Minuet Pleated Border

 

Behind-the-scenes during the development of the Sashay Applique Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons.

Sashay Applique Border

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07.31.19

Cambridge Strie Braids and Cords

Explore 100+ colors of tape trims and cords in the Cambridge Strie Braid from Samuel & Sons

 

While statement-making borders and fringes seem to garner all of the glory, especially in the social media spotlight,  it’s these hard-working basics—strie braids and cords—that designers rely on every day to get the job done.

 

Make no mistake, these basics are anything but. Be it ribbing, a sheen, or a dry hand or texture, each of these essentials, though plain at a glance, bring something significant to the table—or, more likely, a chair. They can transform a design, taking your windows, upholstery, pillows and walls from ordinary to extraordinary.

You don’t need pattern to pack a powerful punch with strie braids and cords.
With the colors of Cambridge and a designer’s eye, anything is possible. What they lack in pattern, these essentials make up for in versatility and their power to elevate a design in an instant.

The Cambridge Collection

A cornerstone collection, Cambridge features braids in two widths and a micro cord with tape.

  • Cambridge Strie Braid, 1.5″ (38 MM) and 9/16″ (13 MM)
  • 1/8″ (2.5 MM) Cord with Tape
  • 100+ colors, from neutrals to saturated brights
  • Available in a range of 8 metallic colorways
  • Cambridge Strie Braids are woven of mercerized cotton and feature a subtle ribbed texture making them a versatile component of traditional to transitional and contemporary interiors.
  • The Cambridge Cord with Tape has a distinctive, refined weave and scale that gives a tailored look to upholstery and soft furnishings.

 

Custom upholstery featuring the Cambridge Cord with Tape from Samuel & Sons.

Cambridge Cord with Tape

 

Add a delicate detail to upholstery with the Cambridge Cord from Samuel & Sons as see here in a design by Brian Worthington and Associates.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Brian Worthington and Associates
Photo by Alex Kotlik

 

Because details matter, consider a simple upholstery upgrade: Cambridge Strie Braid from Samuel & Sons.

Cambridge Strie Braid

 

Cambridge Strie Braid from Samuel & Sons adds a delicate detail to upholstery in a room designed by Robert Passal for the iconic Kips Bay Show House.

Cambridge Strie Braid, Design by Robert Passal for the Kips Bay Show House

 

Because details matter...custom pillows from Robert Passal designed for the prestigious Kips Bay Show House are trimmed with Cambridge Cord from Samuel & Sons.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Robert Passal for the Kips Bay Show House

 

Custom pillow trimmed with Cambridge cord from Samuel & Sons, designed by Kneedler Fauchere.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Kneedler Fauchere

 

Custom upholstery trimmed with Cambridge cord from Samuel & Sons, designed by Kneedler Fauchere.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Kneedler Fauchere

 

Custom pillow trimmed with Cambridge cord from Samuel & Sons, designed by Kneedler Fauchere.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Kneedler Fauchere

 

Custom pillow trimmed with Cambridge cord from Samuel & Sons, designed by Kneedler Fauchere.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Kneedler Fauchere

 

Custom pillow trimmed with Cambridge cord from Samuel & Sons, designed by Kneedler Fauchere.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Kneedler Fauchere

 

Custom pillow trimmed with Cambridge cord from Samuel & Sons, designed by Kneedler Fauchere.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Kneedler Fauchere

 

Cambridge Cords frame our Sakiori Embroidered Border

 

Interior Design by Billy Ceglia for the Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House featuring draperies customized with the Cambridge Strie Braid from Samuel & Sons. Photo by Nicholas Mele.

Cambridge Strie Braids, Design by Billy Ceglia for the Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House 

Photo by Nicholas Mele

 

Custom pillow by Born on Bowry features the Cambridge Cord in Chartreuse from Samuel & Sons.

Cambridge Cord with Tape, Design by Born on Bowery Interiors

 

Explore the Cambridge Collection

07.17.19

Kids Room Ideas Designed to Stand the Test of Time

Whilst on the hunt for kids room ideas, we’ve come away with two valuable lessons worth noting, both of which can be seen throughout this collection of professionally designed nurseries and childrens bedrooms. First, consider elements that can grow with your child. Experienced parents and designers alike will tell you that it “goes by so fast,” so best be prepared for changing needs and tastes.

If you’re a parent, you know this too well. In the blink of an eye they’re off to school and you wonder where your baby has gone. Being mindful of the future when laying a foundation for their bedroom allows accessories and bedding to evolve as they seek to put their own mark on this personal space. While the crib may change to a bed, for instance, perhaps the armchair that once ushered them into dreamland will become a cozy spot for a budding bookworm.

Second, don’t neglect the details. Be it a playful pom pom or a soft Sloane velvet tape, a touch of trim can easily and beautifully unify design elements, from the ever-important blackout shade to upholstery and bedskirts—even lampshades—in these sweetest of spaces.

Many thanks for the interior designers featured below for graciously sharing their work and contributing to an inspiring collection of kids room ideas.

Kids Room Ideas: Nursery inspiration from interior designers at Creative Tonic featuring the Sakiori Embroidered Border from Samuel & Sons.

Design by Creative Tonic Design, photography by Julie Soefer.

Trim: Sakiori Embroidered Border

 

Kids Room Ideas: A palette of soft blue and white welcomes baby in this beautifully designed nursery by Creative Tonic. Window treatments and the bedskirt have been trimmed with the Sakiori Embroidered Border by Samuel & Sons.

Design by Creative Tonic Design, photography by Julie Soefer.

Trim on Shade and Skirt: Sakiori Embroidered Border

 

 

A dreamy tween hideaway designed by Robin Henry Studio is bathed in blue and trimmed with the Dolce Pom Pom Border and Fringe from Samuel & Sons. Photography by Eric Piasecki.

Design by Robin Henry Studio, photography by Eric Piasecki.

Trim: Dolce Pom Pom Border and Fringe.

 

Dreamy details in a little girl's room from LA interior designer Emily Ruddo: Seychelles Wood Bead Fringe by Samuel & Sons.

Design by Emily Ruddo Interior Design

Trim: Seychelles Wood Bead Fringe

 

A nursery design by Katie Gibson Interiors promises the sweetest of dreams. Custom window treatments are trimmed with French Grosgrain Ribbon from Samuel & Sons.

Design by Katie Gibson Interiors

Trim: French Grosgrain Ribbon

 

Design by McLaughlin Interiors by Nicola Bathie Designs, LLC.

Trim: Aristotle Greek Key Border and Swiss Velvet Piping.

 

Design by McLaughlin Interiors by Nicola Bathie Designs, LLC.

Trim: Aristotle Greek Key Border and Swiss Velvet Piping.

 

Softness surrounds in this nursery design by Molly Graham Design. A pair of cozy armchairs float atop fringed details: La Terre Cut Fringe from Samuel & Sons.

Design by Molly Graham Design.

Trim: La Terre Cut Fringe.

 

Interior designer Kristin Casey adds a fretwork detail to nursery windows using Samuel & Sons' French Grosgrain Ribbon.

Design by Kristin Casey Interiors, photography by Lauren Hagerstrom.

Trim: French Grosgrain Ribbon

 

Kendall Rabun Interiors adds a splash of color to a girl's room with a playful mix of pattern and pom poms. Trimming pillows, Dolce Pom Pom Fringe from Samuel & Sons.

Design by Kendall Rabun Interiors, photography by Robert Shaw Photography.

Trim: Dolce Pom Pom Fringe

 

Loren Reardon Interiors added texture and dimension to playroom pillows using the Harbour Beaded Braid from Samuel & Sons.

Design by Loren Reardon Interiors.

Trim: Harbour Beaded Braid

 

Design by Marina Yurieva.

Trim: Cirque Pom Pom Fringe.

 

A little girl's dream room is complete with a custom canopy by S.B. Long Interiors. French Grosgrain Ribbon from Samuel & Sons accents pillows and the shape of a pink canopy above. Photography by Neil Landino.

Design by S.B. Long Interiors, photography by Neil Landino.

Trim: French Grosgrain Ribbon

 

A nursery by Amelia McNeil Interior Design is set to welcome a tiny sea captain to-be complete with a pint-sized boat and vintage nautical prints. Shades are fittingly trimmed with the Nantucket Strie Border from the Samuel & Sons Regatta collection of indoor/outdoor trim. Photography by David Butler.

Design by Amelia McNeil Interior Design, photography by David Butler.

Trim: Nantucket Strié Border from the Lori Weitzner-designed Regatta collection of Performance Trim.

 

 

 

04.25.19

Tailor Made: Sewing Mitered Corners

Our latest episode of Tailor Made—the second of three visits to the workroom of Grant Trick—details the construction of mitered corners using both embroidered and épinglé borders.

Trimmings shown: Odori Embroidered Border and Orly Épinglé Velvet Border.

Designed to offer a look behind-the-scenes in top trade workrooms, Tailor Made shares insight into the construction techniques behind some of the best-loved soft furnishing and upholstery designs.

WATCH our first episode, “Joining the Ends of a Twist Cord” and stay tuned for next month’s video where Grant will share tips for adding interest to nailhead applications with the addition of gimp.

 

03.13.19

Introducing Tailor-Made, An Exciting New Video Series from Samuel & Sons

We’re proud to introduce the first in a new series of videos that will take you behind the scenes in some of the industry’s top trade workrooms. Through the Tailor-Made series, you’ll discover inspiring trim applications while learning construction and sewing techniques from the experts. We begin with Grant Trick of Birmingham, Alabama, who shares his approach to seamlessly joining a twist cord.

Tailor-Made Video Featuring Upholstery and Soft Furnishings Expert, Grant TrickABOUT GRANT TRICK

Grant Trick, owner of Design Industry Workroom in Birmingham, designs and produces custom upholstered furniture and soft furnishings for interior designers and architects across the country.

Grant originally studied apparel design, but quickly realized his passion for not only sewing, but building as well. This combination of aptitudes lead him to begin his career in New York, working in visual design and prop making for brands such as Tiffany & Co., Levi Strauss, and Nautica. After 5 years in NYC, he relocated to San Francisco where he found work in trade workrooms and fell in love with the craft.

Through these formative experiences, he honed his knowledge of tailoring, scale and proportion, which distinguish him as an invaluable resource to his clients. Grant believes that the hallmark of high design is in the details, which is why he focuses on every element, from each stitch to each spring, to produce the highest quality custom pieces for which he is known.

Follow Grant Trick on Instagram.

 

03.05.19

Textile and Trim Collaboration: Samuel & Sons and Hartmann&Forbes

We’re kindred spirits, some might say, with our shared commitment to the preservation of handcraft, dedication to the design trade and constant pursuit of innovation. Samuel & Sons and Hartmann&Forbes often meet in the minds of designers and on the workroom table, finding their way to windows throughout the world.

We embarked on this creative collaboration with the intent to inspire—capturing the process of pairing their natural, handwoven textiles with our trim to share with you.

Join us on a journey that begins with scheming in the showroom, then onto the workroom, followed by the reveal of completed pillows, blinds and drapes.

Follow us during this three-day Instagram series at @samuelandsons and @hartmannforbes.

 

Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe and Embroidered Borders

 

TRIM & TEXTILE

Cirque Pom Pom Fringe in Meadow / Tabaret Woven-to-Size Grassweave by Hartmann&Forbes

 

Sewing Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe on a custom window shade.

 

Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe on a custom-made natural handwoven shade.

 

Green and White Pom Pom Trim by Samuel and Sons

 

TRIM & TEXTILE

Brielle Embroidered Border in Meadow / Essence by Hartmann&Forbes

 

Brielle Embroidered Border by Samuel and Sons

 

Sewing custom pillows using the Samuel and Sons Brielle Embroidered Border.

 

Custom linen pillow is trimmed with the Samuel and Sons Brielle Embroidered Border.

 

TRIM & TEXTILE

Orbit Border in White Gold / Rainfall in Sunrise by Hartmann&Forbes

 

Orbit Border by Samuel and Sons

 

Samuel and Sons Orbit Border on a custom window treatment.

 

Sewing the Orbit Border from Samuel and Sons to a custom window treatment.

 

Custom window treatment trimmed the Orbit Border by Samuel and Sons.

 

TRIM & TEXTILE

Elliptic Appliqué Border in Frost / Glimmer by Hartmann&Forbes

 

 

Sewing the Samuel and Sons Elliptic Border from Samuel and Sons on a custom window treatment.

 

Custom roman shade with Samuel and Sons Elliptic Applique Border

 

TRIM & TEXTILE

Frida Border and Torero Beaded Fringe by Laura Kirar in Obsidian / Clarity in Serene Sand (blind) and Elements in Challis (pillow) by Hartmann&Forbes

 

Frida Border by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons

 

Sewing a custom window treatment using the Frida Border by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons.

 

Torero Beaded Fringe by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons being sewing on a custom window treatment.

 

Sewing custom window shades using the Torero Beaded Fringe by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons.

 

Black and tan Frida Border designed by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons trims a custom pillow.

 

Black and tan beaded fringe by Samuel and Sons tims a handwoven shade by Hartmann&Forbes.

 

TRIM & TEXTILE

Astra Embroidered Border in Amethyst by Lori Weitzner / Rainfall in Sunset by Hartmann&Forbes

 

 

Astra Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel and Sons

 

Sewing on the sequined Astra Embroidered Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel and Sons.

 

Custom drapery trimmed with the Astra Embroidered Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel and Sons.

 

Many thanks to the team at Hartmann&Forbes for helping bring this creative vision to fruition.

Together we hope to have provided valuable insight into the process, furthering an appreciation for handcrafted designs and inspiring future pairings of their handwoven textiles with Samuel & Sons trim.

02.15.19

Kips Bay Palm Beach

ParadeloBurgessDesign Studio AND Jobe Lopez_KipsBay_2_PhotoCreditNickolasSargentPhoto: Sargent Photography

In its second year, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach garnered an ensemble of 21 interior greats from across the US. We had the pleasure of attending opening weekend and the Kips Bay Palm Beach Preview Party. Opening night offered a first look at reimagined rooms every bit as colorful and spectacular as one might imagine. The 10,000 square foot Mediterranean-style home known as ‘Fountain House’ was transformed, and in many cases, with the addition of Samuel & Sons trimmings. See our Instagram Story recap of design details.

Kips Bay Palm Beach Opening Weekend

The opening gala was quite the spectacle, with exotic cars brought in to line the driveway, ice sculptures for bars, and passed caviar hors d’oeuvres. Attendees dressed to impress, and heightened the design of the rooms, with many outfits reflecting the quintessential color and floral design style of Palm Beach. Show Houses are a platform for unrivaled creativity and it was thrilling to witness Samuel & Sons trimmings at every turn.  The applications were unique, bold, and statement-making.

Highlights of Kips Bay Palm Beach included Rinfret Ltd.’s Grand Entry where a settee was adorned with a double layer skirt: Aquitaine Fine Bullion Fringe was applied to the base beneath a layer of Harbour Barrel Knot Fringe.

The Master Bedroom, designed by David Mitchell Brown, showcased an upholstered corner banquette accented with carefully placed black Le Jardin Silk Tufts, and layered with lush pillows finished with Cirque Jumbo Pom Pom Fringe. The same tufts were carried over to the scalloped bed skirt, as well as a valance designed to hang over the bed while the Laurel Beaded Border glistened on draperies.

David Mitchell BrownPhoto: Sargent Photo

Pillows on a custom banquette are trimmed with our Cirque Pom Pom Fringe.

Master Bedroom Designed by David Mitchell Brown, Sargent PhotographyPhoto: Sargent Photo

 

Billy Ceglia stayed true to his sense of classic design, incorporating a bold shade of green, as well as a candy bar to keep his space fresh and fun. Off-white drapery panels were perfectly accentuated, using both sizes of Cambridge Braid in Spring Green.

Interior Design by Billy CegliaPhoto: Nicholas Mele
Showhouse hallway by Billy CegliaPhoto: Nicholas Mele

A standout for creativity went to Mark P. Finlay Interiors. The fabric tented ceiling of their ‘Coral Cabana’ room was ornamented with Aurelia Crete and Orsay Silk Woven Crete, and an Aurelia Key Tassel punctuated each corner. Aurelia Double Tassel Tiebacks held the cabana curtains in place, and Mita Shell Fringe ran vertically down corners where the walls joined. The “oohs” and “ahhs” were audible as people transitioned through the room.

Interior design by Mark P. Finlay InteriorsPhoto: Brantley Photography

 

Coral Cabana by Mark P. Finlay InteriorsPhoto: Brantley Photography

 

Mark P Finlay Interiors for Kips BayPhoto: Brantley Photography

 

Samuel and Sons Tassels, interior design by Mark P. Finlay InteriorsPhoto: Brantley Photography

 

Meg Braff Designs created a “Sunrise Jungle” suite showing off their own line of fabrics and wallcoverings alongside our Le Jardin Silk Tufts and Key Tassels.

Photo: Nicholas Mele

 

Designer Danielle Rollins deemed her bedroom the Sunset Tower Suite, appointing everything from the floor to ceiling in shades of sunset-inspired Coral, Primrose and Apricot alongside our tassels and fringe in Shell and Magnolia.

Sunset-inspired bedroom designed by Danielle RollinsPhoto: Brantley Photography

 

Sunset-inspired bedroom designed by Danielle RollinsPhoto: Brantley Photography
Sunset-inspired bedroom designed by Danielle Rollins  Photo: Brantley Photography

 

Designer David Phoenix framed picturesque Palm Beach views with understated neutrals and natural shades. Draperies are trimmed with our Strata Chevron Border.

DavidPhoenix for Kips Bay Show House, Photo by NickolasSargentPhoto: Sargent Photo

 

David Phoenix drapery detail from Kips Bay Palm Beach

 

The “preppy boho” sitting room by Lee Ann Thornton was wrapped in Lisa Fine fabrics with colorful details in shades of berry and turquoise. Natural Cotton Bullion Fringe and the Printemps Chevron Border  trimmed pillows and banquettes.

LeeAnn ThorntonPhoto: Sargent Photo

 

LeeAnn Thornton design for Kips BayPhoto: Sargent Photo

 

As a whole, the Show House felt fun and vibrant, and perfectly on trend with Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019. With over 1,000 people passing through on opening night, Kips Bay Palm Beach is sure to wrap up as a huge success.

 

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