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.
Our Director of Design, Marisa Gutmacher, looked to the Indian Ocean archipelago for inspiration when developing the palette, pattern and materials for the new Seychelles collection. The wood bead fringes and borders display a patterning reminiscent of the sea. Imagine its undulating waves and the impressions left behind in the sand.
IN THE STUDIO
Seen below is a glimpse into the studio where Marisa focused her efforts on developing the opaque satin glazed beads used in both the Wood Teardrop Fringe and the Wood Bead Fringe.
“The glazed beads evoke a sleek uniformity, which adds to their versatility. The teardrop and globe fringes will work with many kinds of patterns, fibers and constructions. From dressy to casual, and with a diverse color palette, this collection will accentuate a variety of interiors.”
— Marisa Gutmacher, Director of Design
A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Seychelles.
The palette is broad and ranges from naturally influenced neutrals and deep mineral hues to a series of brights derived from topical vegetation. The designs are woven of cotton, a material indigenous to the island chain.
The collection pairs well with textured cotton and linens, as well as transitional and contemporary patterns. The satin glazed beads complement drier silks, like Dupioni, beautifully.
Join us to celebrate the launch of our 2015 Spring collections on Thursday, February 19th. Stop by our New York showroom any time throughout the day to view Palais, Seychelles and Labyrinth in the company of fellow designers, editors and industry friends.
Director of Design, Marisa Gutmacher, will be in the showroom offering insight on the construction, creative process and inspiration behind the three new collections.
Champagne and refreshments will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. See below for details.
In its sixth year, Paris Déco Off celebrates the interior design industry’s finest, unveiling the latest textile, wallcovering and trimming collections. There is no better place than Paris, streets aglow with the event’s signature lanterns, to debut our new Palais collection, which is on display in the de Gournay showroom.
For those of you unable to attend Déco Off, we offer this look at a collection of cushions, or pillows if you prefer, that bring together the perfectly matched beauty of de Gournay hand-painted fabrics and our Palais collection of silk passementerie.
As 2014 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of our favorite designer installations via Instagram. It’s been a year filled with Greek Fret, Grosgrain and Gala. From show-stopping showhouses to photos celebrating install days, you’ve made us part of your designs, and your posts, you’ve allowed us to share with our followers and for all of this, we thank you.
As we approach the New Year, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our customers how much we appreciate your business and friendship, and how much it means to see our products shared across so many social platforms.
We’re grateful to Chicago-based interior designer Kent Allen Kiesey for sharing this glimpse of his recently completed bedroom project, one with a rich history. Now trimmed in tassels and fringe from our Normandy Collection, in its former life this bed was owned by the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe. The bed is now part of a private collection in Virginia.
Chicago-based interior designer Kent Allen Keisey is known for creating traditional, timeless interiors that are somewhat formal in nature, but with a relaxed quality. Learn more about Kent Allen Kiesey Interior Design here.
Contact your local showroom to request samples of the trimmings see above.