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.
In advance of West Week 2016, we’re celebrating the official grand opening of our LA showroom at the Pacific Design Center with two very special guests. Joining us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and design are Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief of Veranda Magazine, and designer Lori Weitzner.
Event details can be found below. Kindly let us know if you are able to attend. RSVP to email@example.com by March 15.
If you can’t join us for the event, see this previous post for a glimpse of Spring 2016 collections on display in our LA showroom.
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
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.