Warmer days and flowers in bloom signal more than springtime in Manhattan. May promises the much-anticipated unveiling of the annual Kips Bay Show House—a culmination and a celebration of interior design talent, imagination, creativity, color and innovation. This year did not disappoint, and as always, we took great pride in seeing Samuel & Sons trimmings on display inside one of the industry’s most prestigious showhouses.
As a New York-based company, we welcome any chance to support local organizations. Congratulations to all involved for donating their time, talent and products in support of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.
Over the course of six weeks this fall, visitors to the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey witnessed the beautiful work of 20 top interior designers. We were privledged to see Samuel & Sons trimmings used throughout the home. Interior designers, landscape and decorative artists from New York as well as New Jersey generously contributed their time and talents to benefit the Department of Patient Care: Patient Experience at Hackensack University Medical Center. Congratulations to all involved!
From the simplest cord spotted on an upholstered piece, to a show-stopping space with trim at every turn, each time we see our product in print we’re filled with great joy and gratitude. As this year comes to a close, we look back with thanks and look forward to the New Year with eagerness and optimism as our trimmings can be seen throughout the cover story in Veranda’s first issue of 2017.
Designed by Alex Papachristidis, the Kip Bay Decorator Show House dining room exudes elegance and offers many lessons in the importance of details, from expertly applied trim on furniture, pillows and lamp shades, to hand-painted seat backs. It has been our pleasure to support Alex’s vision and this worthy cause.
In the second installation of TRIMOLOGY, a series designed to educate and inspire, we offer an intimate look inside the studio of RedHead Interiors. Located in the village of Stow in Lincolnshire, England, Jo Slater’s workroom produces handcrafted window treatments, cushions and small upholstery projects.
Through social media, Jo shares scenes from her studio; a close look at design details that give her followers an appreciation for her skill, precision and obvious passion for the craft. Interior designer Gilly Henson regularly relies on Jo to bring her visions to life, and each of the projects featured in this post are in fact Gilly’s designs. The pair have been working together for several years, a story that may sound familiar as we know our readers treasure these designer/workroom relationships.
Recent projects, including custom pelmets and cushions, showcase construction techniques that we’re certain will inspire your applications of borders, fringes and tassels. Watch as each story unfolds, from wood frames to hand-applied trimmings, and the completed projects in their new homes.
Curved Pelmet for a Cottage Entrance Hall
The project began with the construction of a wood frame.
Fabric by Voyage was used to upholster the pelmet.
Recent visitors to our NYC showroom have had the pleasure of viewing the latest in a long line of imaginative window displays. For years, Luis Valentin has been the creative mastermind behind our window designs. This summer his big idea brings a small-scale beach club to Third Avenue trimmed in tapes, fringes, braids and tassels from our Harbour, Cabana, Twist & Knot, Labyrinth, Carousel, Printemps and Aurelia collections.
The Samuel & Sons Beach Club sets the scene for summertime fun in high style complete with a cast of iconic Gene Dolls. Every detail was considered, down to the tiny Labyrinth towels, impeccably trimmed cushions, even teeny tiny copies of Architectural Digest and Veranda Magazine. Join us in congratulating our creative team on another job well done!
Each year the prestigious Kips Bay Decorator Show House calls on the talents of top interior designers for the benefit of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. The organization, which got its start in 1915, provides much-needed educational and developmental programs for children. By transforming a Manhattan residence into a showcase of design inspiration and the world’s finest interior furnishings, the Show House has raised over $21,000,000 over four decades.
It’s an honor each time we see Samuel & Sons trimmings used the Show House, and the range of styles and creative applications never fail to impress. This year, we were proud to be included in designs by Alex Papachristidis, Drake/Anderson, David Kleinberg,Phillip Thomas, Suzanne Kasler, Victoria Hagan and Les Ensembliers.
In a new series designed to educate and inspire, we’ve called upon respected designers and workrooms to share their unique trim applications, techniques and installations. In our first post, Robin Feuer of The Ruffled Window, a custom drapery workroom in Englewood, New Jersey, shows how simple tapes and braids can be used to create custom window treatment designs.
Custom window treatments allow designers to set themselves apart, frequently calling on Robin for guidance to achieve a desired look. To create curved designs, for instance, she recommends a soft tape like a 1/2″ grosgrain. “It allows you to shape it, mold it and steam it into place.” Once in place, the corners are stitched by hand, finishing the sides by machine
Kenneth Alpert and Andrew Petronio of KA Design Group make a streamlined statement with black tape, using it as a border and to create a pair of wide horizontal stripes.
We’re grateful to Robin for sharing this behind the scenes look into her workroom and for contributing to the first in a series of posts designed to stretch your imagination and encourage creative trim applications.
This year’s Oscar contenders have been personified in passementerie; translated in trim using iconic images as inspiration by the same brilliant team behind our memorable print advertisements.
They’ve captured the rugged terrain of The Revenant, the authentic spirit and color of 1950’s Brooklyn, The Martian’s desolate, otherworldly palette, and finally, the seductive tones and feminine allure of The Danish Girl.
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures via architecturaldigest.com