Step inside our Los Angeles showroom at the Pacific Design Center where the new Spring collections are on display. Our talented merchandising team has assembled a dazzling display of Bejeweled trimmings set amidst a backdrop of sparkling Lucite and mirror.
Watch for a colorful collection of Calisto tassels and fringe artfully hung nearby Optix-lined walls and lampshades, adding geometric dimension in a palette of sophisticated neutrals.
It is with great pleasure and pride that we introduce a ground-breaking new program that has been years in the making. Our Semi Custom Program enables designers to create trimmings online, in real-time, using infinite color combinations in different fibers within a curated collection of patterns.
With a cross-section of 54 patterns composed of cords, borders, tassels, fringes and embellishments, designers will have access to unlimited color combinations from a broad selection of yarns, creating their own interpretations of patterns.
From left: Fibranne, Linen and Rayon.
Throughout the development of the Semi Custom Program, we’ve considered and addressed every possible concern, from product, price and minimums to delivery and color. We’ve anticipated your questions and expect that most will be answered in the list below followed by simple step-by-step instructions.
Semi Custom At A Glance
Choose from 54 patterns.
Each pattern is available in three fibers: Fibranne, Linen and Rayon.
Patterns include cords, borders, fringes, tassels and embellishments.
There is a $50 set-up charge per item.
Lead time is 4 to 6 weeks.
Pricing and delivery information is listed online.
The program is presented in two books, one containing all patterns and fibers, the other showing all colors available in each fiber. The books are not necessary to order, the entire process can be done online.
Pre-production Approval Forms will include a sample in the yarn fiber, yarn reelings for each fiber in its exact color and a full-color rendering.
There is a two piece minimum on piece goods.
All orders must be paid in full up front, no returns.
MAKE YOUR VISION A REALITY
Follow the steps below to create your own Semi Custom trim design.
Dreamlike destinations serve as inspiration for Roger Thomas, be it his design of interiors, jewelry, lighting, fabrics, wallcoverings, hardware, or in this instance, hand-beaded, embroidered silk and linen borders. In this, his third collection in collaboration with Samuel & Sons, he drew from the fictional paradise of Shangri-La.
“Inspired by the places I love and by the sheer beauty of these techniques of artisanal craft and handwork, I began drawing the most romantic and timeless effects I could dream. These are the qualities I wanted to evoke in Shangri-La.“
– Roger Thomas
Elements of his designs for Italian jewelry maker SICIS, crafted using an intricate mosaic technique, can be seen above in our Mandarin Cloud Beaded Border.
The development process would involve extensive quality and color trials and the exploration of multiple mills all in an effort to produce a superior épinglé—one with a finer denier and denser pile.
Épinglé is unique in that it combines both the loop and the cut pile in the same fabric to render a pattern, a technique that originated in medieval Italy. In the case of this collection, its construction enhances each design—Verdon being a perfect example. In the image seen below, notice how Marisa has treated the color distribution with different striéd yarns, and the loop bordering the cut velvet enhances the simplicity of the satin ground.
The five border designs are complemented by a Swiss Velvet Piping available in 18 colors. As you can see on the pillow pictured at the top of this post that has been finished with our Rhodes Épinglé Velvet Border in Raspberry, pairing the velvet cord with tape and the Épinglé border can give added dimension and definition to your designs.
An industry first for trimming construction, meticulously laser-cut wool is appliquéd on a dry linen ground.
With the creation of our Corinthia embroidered borders, we sought to join 16th century Italian architectural ornamentations with an innovative construction technique. Included in Corinthia are four designs: Ogee, Palladio and Greek Fret Embroidered Borders, each available in 2.75” or 5”, and the 6” Acanthus Embroidered Border. Since its introduction, the collection has quickly become a designer favorite.
“The Corinthia collection honors 16th century Renaissance designs from antiquity, while reinterpreting them into a contemporary aesthetic with a sophisticated color palette that speaks to the various lifestyles today.”
-Michael Cohen, President
In the past year alone we’ve seen the Palladio Embroidered Border grace the cover of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine by way of the black and white Showhouse stunner designed by Beth Webb. And we continue to be delighted by the work of our customers showcasing Corinthia in their social media posts, some of which we’ve gathered below.
It is with great pride that we share the work of our Custom Division and their role in the restoration of the Turkish Tent in Painshill Park, an 18th century English landscape garden in Cobham, Surrey.
“We are delighted to support Painshill Park Trust in restoring their Turkish Tent to its former glory. The Royal Blue trimmings really enhance the grand entrance to this iconic structure,”
Michael Cohen, Managing Director of Samuel & Sons
The Royal Blue of the Turkish Tent’s decorated roof was recreated in vibrant bullion fringe and tassels to replace folly’s faded trimmings.
Restored by Painshill Park Trust in 1995, the Turkish Tent served as a place for visitors to take refreshment whilst admiring the Hon Charles Hamilton’s – the creator of Painshill – signature view across the lake towards the Gothic Temple and crystal Grotto.
On the evening of July 13th, guests at our Designer Series event featuring Roger Thomas, presented in partnership with Architectural Digest, were treated to a preview of the new Shangri-La collection. Nearly 100 members of the local design community, including our good friend Lori Weitzner, gathered to hear Roger speak to his creative process and what inspired his new hand-beaded, embroidered collection of silk and linen borders. Following the presentation, guests gathered on our rooftop patio garden for cocktails and a chance to steal a moment of conversation with our guest of honor.
Watch for the formal launch of the Shangri-La collection on August 15th.
“Shangri-La is the city of romantic dreams, the earthly paradise and thus this is a collection of ethereal, hand-beaded, embroidered silk and linen borders which explores patterns through a broad palette of sumptuous hues.”
Seen above, from the new Shangri-La collection, Diamond Constellation and Mandarin Cloud.
Event display featuring Roger’s Mandarin Cloud and Elysian borders.
In advance of our upcoming Fall 2015 launch, we’re excited to announce the next Samuel & Sons Designer Series event featuring the acclaimed Roger Thomas. The event offers a unique opportunity to preview his latest collection of trimmings a month in advance of its official launch. Roger will share insight into his creative process and the development of the much-anticipated Shangri La.
We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an inspiring evening accompanied by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on our rooftop garden patio.
Inspiration for the Palais Collection of Silk Trimmings
Years in the making, Palais honors the grandeur of Versailles and other chateaux of 17th century France. This exquisite collection of silk passementerie employs traditional documentary elements of various silk covered flowers, jasmine hangers, complex jacquard braids and luxurious hand-tied silk tassel fringes. The sumptuous level of color in Palais is matched by its complexity and craftsmanship; the collection is comprised of 972 different color positions within 117 SKUs. Below is an example of how our Director of Design, Marisa Gutmacher, communicated color placement for each position per style, in this case the Scalloped Tassel Fringe.
In the studio, Marisa used watercolors to determine the balance and distribution of color placement as seen in the example below of the Silk Tieback with Jasmines.
The collection employs intricate elements, highly complex weave structures, and a mélange of deeply saturated hues built upon a foundation of 17th century documentary trimmings. You will notice multiple sizes of plaited cords on tape, a dimensional guipure coil jacquard border, lush scallop tassel fringe and cut fringe with hand crafted jasmines.
The leaves and petals on the Silk Tieback with Jasmines are individually wrapped with silk yarns, by hand. The jasmines, again constructed by hand, have flowers which are formed by outer guiperes and inner coils. There is a complex color rotation and intervals at which there are triple flower rosettes.
On the heels of a successful London Design Week, we’ve another bit of exciting news to share from across the pond. London design studio, Mary Gannon Design has partnered with Walker Books and renowned English illustrator Helen Oxenbury to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the classic children’s tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Mary has brought this magical world to life through her collection of bespoke furniture and “Wonderland Cushions” in sumptuous cottons and velvets, several of which have been trimmed in our playful Pom Pom Fringe. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be part of such an extraordinary project.
We’ve included a preview of Mary’s “Wonderland Cushions” below. See her website for ordering information.