With thanks to designer Suzan Hadaway, our Chicago Showroom has recently received an elegant update. New vignettes offer fresh and inspiring applications, among them are layered looks, creative tailoring techniques and a sophisticated palette of navy, neutrals and a touch of chartreuse.
It is such a pleasure to be featured not only on the pages of MILIEU magazine, but to see our Cabana Tassel Fringe gracing the cover of their Spring issue. Their creative approach to showcasing fabrics and trims marries fashion and interiors in a sophisticated palette of chartreuse and gray.
With the arrival of spring we’ve not only enjoyed a wonderful response to our new collections, we’ve enjoyed ourselves at a handful of industry events and celebrations. Most recently, at last evening’s Design on a Dime 2014 Opening Night Reception. Crowds gathered to see the work of leading interior designers who have created spectacular vignettes that will be offered for sale to the public.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Housing Works, an organization serving low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Since 2005, Design on a Dime has raised more than $7 million in support of Housing Works.
We were proud to support the efforts of New York interior designer Robin Baron. Our trimmings can be seen on accessories throughout her vignette.
Samuel & Sons’ Hymie Cohen is seen here with Jennifer Beek and Georgie Hambright of J&G Design.
Samuel & Sons’ Michael Cohen (right) seen above with designer Roric Tobin.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for information on upcoming events including the Wakefield Design Center’sTo The Trade Market Day taking place next Thursday, May 1. Lori Weitzner will be presenting The Artful Eye: Inspired Trim for the Modern Home on behalf of Samuel & Sons.
Save the date for the To The Trade Only Market Day presented by New England Home and the Wakefield Design Center. On May 1, 2014 prepare to view the latest product introductions from the home furnishings industry and be inspired by an impressive lineup of designers and panelists including: Thomas O’Brien and Thom Filicia, Stacey Bewkes of the design blog Quintessence and the editors of New England Home Connecticut, who will be reviewing the work of designers for possible consideration in upcoming issues.
On behalf of Samuel & Sons, Lori Weitzner will present
THE ARTFUL EYE: INSPIRED TRIM FOR THE MODERN HOME
We hope you can join us, see below for a complete itinerary.
New this spring, Cambridge Vol. II introduces an exciting array of colors with an emphasis on vibrant, saturated brights. Balancing the strength of Citron, Turquoise, Emerald and Magenta are sophisticated, ephemeral greys and matte metallics.
Design director Marisa Gutmacher shares her thoughts on the creation of Cambridge and the origins of her palette:
“Building on the success of the Cambridge I collection, the emphasis in Cambridge II was on color — and lots of it: vivid, bold, bright and saturated yet sophisticated. After evaluating various global color trend forecasts, we worked with our mill to develop the casts of dyes used to create brand-new yarn colors which went above and beyond what they currently carried in their vast range of stock colors. Cambridge II forges new territory by introducing such a strong color statement.”
“Colors such as Emerald, Pool, Tangelo, Azalea, Fuchsia, Citron, some of the purples, and subtle nuances of some of the new greys, may have been difficult to find in a 1/8″ (2.5mm) cord or 1.5″ (38mm) braid until now. When we started seeing these kinds of colors emerging in the world of fabrics, we knew we needed to translate these colors into trimmings.”
This spring we’re excited to introduce three innovative new collections: Harbour, Cambridge Vol. II, and Twist & Knot. Harbour offers a collection of sea-inspired, natural linen trimmings, its palette informed by the beauty of the natural seascape. Quiet hues of Sand Dune, Flax and Sea Crest as well as nostalgic maritime colors, Sail, Navy and Lobster, are realized in linen fibers using nautical knotting techniques.
The Harbour Collection in Process
Samuel & Sons’ design director Marisa Gutmacher offers insight into the creative process behind the Harbour collection…
“My focus was primarily on exploring different kinds of knotting techniques and how to translate them into traditional trimming constructions like fringes, tassels, cords and braids. We trialed different size barrel knots until we achieved the right scale, weight and diameter for the fringe. We experimented with different yarn coverings for the beads and multiple iterations of the bead spacing as well as the weave structure of the macrame braid that sits beneath.”
Above: Pillows are trimmed with Harbour Barrel Knot Fringe, Harbour Serpentine Braid and Harbour Linen Brush Fringe. Sofa skirt trimmed with the Serpentine Braid and Harbour Crown Knot Frog.
Above: The Drapery trim combines the Harbour Barrel Knot Fringe with the Harbour Serpentine Braid and the Harbour Beaded and Knotted Holdback. The lamp is trimmed with the Harbour Beaded Braid.
Tucked away in the Samuel & Sons studio, a unique Holiday Greeting came to life by way of countless hours spent planning, cutting and gluing. As you all know very well, even the tiniest details (especially in this case) can make all the difference.
We called upon the creative talents of our Marketing Department who, using over a dozen different Samuel & Sons trims, created everything from roof shingles and tiny draperies to roman shades and pillows that can be seen through the windows. The entire home is covered in gimps, braids, borders, tufts and one of our personal favorite moments, the icicles created from our Swarovski CrystalFringe and Pisani Hand Blown Glass Fringe. Tell us, what’s your favorite detail?
Materials used in the creation of our Holiday Greeting