the CULP offices
architectural design by gensler
photo by tim buchman
When I was at High Point, NC I had the chance to meet some of the people at CULP that create the fabrics for my new upholstered line (Tammy, Donna & Jayne).
Donna even has a blog: Life Without Ellie.
They do beautiful work. BEAUTIFUL. So beautiful that trying to narrow down the choices for the Fall line, that I am designing right now, is an exercise in restraint. I'm not good with restraint, as anyone that has gone out to dinner with me will tell you.
Fabric on a piece of upholstered furniture is as important as color on a wall. The most beautiful architecture & molding details become only more pronounced with the appropriate color palette. Same can be said about the lines to a chair, sofa or love seat. The right fabric choice partnered with your idea of a great chair, well--that's pretty close to design nirvana.
I geek out on a regular basis over those combinations when I stumble upon them. There were many of those moments at the High Point Furniture Market.
The challenge is the mix. The mix is finding the right balance between furniture design, quality, fabric selection & meeting the price points that fit my mission statement of great style & value at affordable prices.
CULP, does too good a job making beautiful fabrics. Unfortunately, all of them can't be used. Some will raise the price point of a single piece by hundreds of dollars. The key here, finding the "balance of the mix." When the right fabric meets the perfect chair or sofa and it all meets the price that anyone can afford...my "Geek Moment!"
Thank you EVERYONE at CULP for fueling my "geek moments" and the world's, so beautifully.
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