TOUCHSTONES: Fantastic Color from NeoCon

NeoCon 2014 - Fabrics in the Designtex Showroom by Wallace Sewell

NeoCon 2014 – Fabrics in the Designtex Showroom by Wallace Sewell

I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago attending the annual contract furnishings trade show, NeoCon. I always look forward to seeing the latest in contract furniture and fabrics and the clever ways manufacturers exhibit their products each year.

The look of NeoCon, the showrooms, the displays and the events, are created for the design professional, which means that color always provides some of the “wow” factor. It is fun to see which color hues hold prominence each year. A few years ago it was citron green, last year cadmium red and orange were everywhere. Both still made a very big showing but this year’s introduction was the use of yellow, from cadmium yellow to cadmium lemon. A good example could be seen in the windows of the Knoll Showroom where the Suzanne seating by Kazuhide Takahama was covered in a soft, lemon yellow fabric.

The best color story at NeoCon was the beautiful, striped upholstery fabrics created by Wallace Sewell at Designtex. The color combinations are bright and cheerful yet restrained and the hand of the fabric — like a finely finished wool suiting — is so appealing. I cannot wait to incorporate one of these striped or plaid fabrics into a project – commercial or residential. Used in the right place and setting, the fabric would be the prominent design element in the space and not much else would be needed for a strong visual statement!

Wallace Sewell is a textile design studio in London started by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell. They make really fantastic scarves, bags and home accessories — all of woven textiles they have created with patterns that reflect their sophisticated eye for color.

Designtex - Wallace Sewell Fabrics at NeoCon 2014

Designtex – Wallace Sewell Fabrics at NeoCon 2014

Wood Structures for Display at the Designtex Showroom & Wallace Sewell Fabrics, NeoCon 2014.

Wood Structures for Display at the Designtex Showroom & Wallace Sewell Fabrics, NeoCon 2014.

Window of Knoll Showroom at NeoCon 2014

Window of Knoll Showroom at NeoCon 2014

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