The Fabric Of Great Design
Presenting a rich palette of colors, patterns, and textures, fabric can be your go-to for design inspiration, by Sara Chiarilli
If you are like me as a designer, every project starts with that one, perfect inspirational object. For me it is almost always fabric. The perfect fabric that tells a story – and foreshadows what is to come – is, for me, absolutely critical to a great design. To find that fabric, though, requires inspiration and a new perspective on the process.
I recently had the opportunity to get in the heads of – and see what inspires – the designers at Kravet, Inc. Did you know that they have an archive of all their fabrics, as well as work by weavers and artisans around the world? Each new collection begins in this archive, where they find inspiration in its exclusive prints, great patterns and artwork. And it never gets old, as Scott Kravet is constantly sourcing new pieces. His favorite story is about a trip he took to Budapest to go through and purchase pieces from a sixth-generation French weaver. There were over 100,000 pieces to peruse and select from. When he got home, his sister in law, with an eye to the financial ledger, asked him if he had any idea how much money he had spent. His brother, looking at this rich new deposit of ideas, said, “You idiot, go back and buy more!”