POINT, N.C. — Upholstery is getting racy. At the
spring Furniture Market, vertical stripes commonly
associated with classic speedsters made the jump from
the racetrack to chairs and sofas. In contrasting
textiles or tapes, the winning result is
Laine showed the high-back Copley chair with a big broad
stripe running up the back and down the center of the
I first saw this ‘racing stripe’ treatment in the CR
Laine showroom in 2013, it struck me as a fresh, new way
of accenting upholstery," recalls Pat Bowling, vice
president communications of the American Home
Furnishings Alliance. "I had never seen a
contrasting fabric used in quite that manner
look gained traction the following market and went full
throttle this year.
believe we were one of the first, if not the first,
upholstery manufacturer to lead the way into this ‘deconstructed
fabric’ color-blocking trend by presenting fabrics
seamed together in an askew manner to create their own
bold personality," says Holly Blalock, CR Laine’s
vice president of merchandise and marketing.
was inspired by the spring 2013 "PUNK: Chaos to
Couture" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York. She began wondering what fabric
applications would look like if the textile was ripped
apart and reassembled. The black-and-white Aledo chairs
were the result.
for an updated version of this type of blocking in our
fall 2015 High Point Market collection," she says.
took off from there. Following that successful
experiment, Blalock used a strip of Sunbrella fabric as
a stripe, not trim, in October 2013.
continued to advance the look in 2014," notes
racing stripe becomes the piece that unifies a
design," explains Blalock. "When a customer is
looking for the perfect fabric to pull together, let’s
say a mint green chair and a blue sectional, why not
create your own textile by asking our crafters to
assemble elements from two solids into one bold
result of that combination is the new Tobi Fairley for
CR Laine Collection,
things up using a narrow version of the same idea was
Wesley Hall and Century furniture with the Gavin side
vertical banding in the decorative tape adds the ideal
touch of modern that transforms an otherwise classic
silhouette into something fresh and today," says
Zack Taylor, president of Wesley Hall.
Home went in another direction with its boxed trimmed
seat and back on the Palm Beach chair. Designer Mary
McDonald used a sophisticated double racing stripe on
her sofa for Chaddock.
going a little wild with the idea of fabric strips as
stripes was Norwalk, which used bands of fabric on the
arms and seat of the Belle sofa.
variations on this theme are endless. Expect to see more
imaginative use of multiple textiles in upholstered
goods of the future.