SFDC Designwire

Brentano Combines Fresh Shades with Classic Colors


Donghia, Inc.
SFDC Galleria #144

The Brentano design studio understands the importance of color for both textiles and interior design. By meticulously combining classic hues with fresh shades, the team has established themselves as a color leader with an understanding of what is current as well as what is usable for years to come.

Eco-friendly faux leather Essence is a revamped version of the Brentano classic Royal Coach that maintains the most successful colors while offering updated options like celadon Stone Blue and plum Wild Grape, as well as traditional leather colors, for a total of 20 diverse colorways. In addition to the stunning range, 54” upholstery Essence has a soft hand that is increased by a supple backing woven from polyester, cotton, and rayon.

Founded in 1990 by Design Director Iris Wang and her husband, President E-Kwan Chen, Brentano has grown from a modest beginning of eight patterns to an internationally represented textile house. Brentano’s fabrics stem from Wang’s philosophy of balancing beauty + performance. Their growing collection of eco-fabrics expands this ideology by demanding textiles to meet thoroughly researched standards of environmental consciousness while maintaining their beauty.


Call of the Wild Prints from Casa Bini


SFDC Showplace, #300

For all you fashionista designers out there, you already know how chic a leopard print can be when worn right. Animal prints become high in demand every few seasons or so, but you never see them completely going out of style. Same goes for interior design. Designers are always requesting samples for complete sets of animal prints in the Casa Bini line. What’s even better is that animal prints in interior decor is a lot of times much easier to pull off than in fashion.

Using animal prints on your accent pieces is probably the easiest and most popular way of making an eclectic, bold statement in a space. It’s okay to layer two or three different prints as long as you don’t over do it.  Consider the size of prints before applying on a larger area, since too small of a print can result in looking ‘too busy’.  Mix and match with a variety of decors by using the color as the key element to tie everything together.  Don’t be afraid to get a little wild!

Courting the Consumer … Thoughts?


Last week at the 1stdibs headquarters in New York, the Decorative Furnishings Association held a meeting to address a number of pressing issues affecting the design industry including a revamp of its consumer marketing campaign and whether to open design centers to consumers.

Kicking off the meeting, Karen Marx of Elle Decor and Ryan Brown of House Beautiful presented a new concept for the public service ad campaign currently titled “Why a Designer?” The new campaign will show a photograph of a previously published interior proprietary to each magazine and a headline to the effect of: “Do you like what you see here?” or, “Do you want this look?” The ads will be more integrated with each magazine’s content, and therefore more effective, said Marx and Brown. The call to action will direct consumers to DFA’s Find Great Design website and their local design centers, where they may then be connected with a designer. 

Read the full article at The Editor At Large here.  We encourage leaving comments with your thoughts and opinions.

Up to 50% OFF at Ebanista


SFDC Galleria, #425
June 13th – June 30th

Hello designers! Don’t miss out on Ebanista’s rug selection for their June event. Up to 50% OFF!

What is the difference between Ebanista and a rug store? Ebanista is a high-end boutique catering to the design professional and their client. Their rugs are hand selected to complement the eclectic collection of fine furnishings & textiles.


Colorful Combinations


Sherwin-Williams and The Robert Allen Group make coordinating fabric and paint quicker and easier!  Sherwin-Williams continues its collaboration with The Robert Allen Group, a leading designer and marketer of decorative fabrics and furnishings for the interior design trade, by offering a suggested palette of complementary paint colors to coordinate with Robert Allen’s latest Color Library upholstery and multipurpose fabric collections.

This year’s collection features an underlying theme of natural colors with a mixed palette of blues, yellows and greens, along with neutral accent colors of taupes, linens and golds. Forty-five Sherwin-Williams colors are suggested for Robert Allen’s new spring fabric lines: Chambray, Aloe, Greystone, Indigo and Amber.

Five new color cards are available with a palette of nine complementary wall colors for each Color Library book. For example, the Indigo line is coordinated with Sherwin-Williams vibrant blue Denim (SW 6523) and soft neutral Alabaster (SW 7008), while the Chambray line features the calming green hue Haven (SW 6437) and a warm Sunbeam Yellow (SW 0078).

Visit Sherwin-Williams’ Color Studios at Robert Allen | Beacon Hill in the SFDC Galleria, #218 where you can access Sherwin-Williams color cards and its complete professional color library.

Lilly Pulitzer Arrives at Lee Jofa San Francisco


Lee Jofa
SFDC Galleria, #490

We are pleased to announce that the new Lilly Pulitzer Collection has arrived at Lee Jofa San Francisco! Since 1959, Lilly Pulitzer has been an iconic name in fashion and design. Come see her first home collection, exclusively at Lee Jofa. Over 40 beautiful prints, colors and patterns, all in bright pinks, turquoise and greens.

Preview this happy collection: You are invited to join Lee Jofa in the SFDC Galleria, #490 for Pink Lemonade and cookies today & tomorrow June 16th & 17th, from 2-5 pm in celebration of Lilly’s arrival.  See you there Lilly lovers!

Founded in 1823, Lee Jofa is the industry leader in high-end, to-the-trade home furnishings, including fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, carpet, trimmings and lighting. Lee Jofa specializes in style and luxury, offering products distributed under exclusive brands such as Lee Jofa, Groundworks, G.P. & J. Baker, Mulberry Home, Cole & Son and many others.

Barbara Barry and Kravet Introduce: Indochine


Kravet Inc
SFDC Galleria, #120

Fresh from a tour of the Orient, Barbara Barry has released an Asian-influenced collection that will be sold exclusively through Kravet. Called Indochine, the collection consists of fabrics, trimmings, carpet, drapery hardware and wall coverings inspired by the colors, textures and patterns of Asia.

For this collection, Barry translated her signature subdued color palette into new combinations based on the ancient colors of Asia: lotus and silver; lacquer and blanc de chine; gold and fig.

Balancing tonal and textural elements, Barry’s fabrics range from sheers and light linens and silks to rich wovens, damasks, chenilles and embroideries. Color influences like the lacquer doors of the Forbidden City and fabric details, intricate stitching and French knots add luxury and convey the rich aesthetic of the Asian culture.

Haught Night: Fashion Show & Fundraiser for Breast Cancer


June 18
7:30 PM – 1:30 AM
Project One
251 Rhode Island

This is a rockin’ evening fundraiser for breast cancer!   The aim is to promote living a better life by celebrating continued efforts of stem cell research and preventative lifestyle choices by increased awareness. The support of small local business sponsors within the community helped to make this happen.  Come join the party – distractions include the latest in local bikini fashion, haute headwear and canine couture intertwined with photos, gallery artist work by Chor Boogie, dancing and sexy rock-n-roll dj’s.

Apps will be served from 7:30-11:00 PM for patrons with a passion for healthy living, fashion, fun and contributing to a good cause.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the Avon walk for Breast Cancer and to Dr. Minggui Pan who is doing specific research on the molecular mechanism of breast cancer and the development of stem cell  for Kaiser through Stanford University. 

Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, together we can change this statistic.  Please join in celebrating on June 18th at Project One in San Francisco to help make a difference!  Tickets are available here.

The Art of Slipcovering


Robert Allen | Beacon Hill
SFDC Galleria, #218

Ashland in color Driftwood and Laurel Stripe in color Frost (left to right) are from Beacon Hill’s Rustic Collection

Beacon Hill Fabric Design Director Alexis Audette was interviewed by Christie’s Auction House on the subject of slipcovers for a feature in the Christie’s Interiors Sale Catalog.  Two styles of linen slipcovers were created from Beacon Hill fabrics for a pair of 20th Century Bergeres to be sold at the upcoming June 21-22 Interiors Auction in New York City. View full article (pages 6 & 7)  here…

In Robert Allen | Beacon Hill showrooms, interior designers enjoy a working environment and level of service reflective of the luxury of their offerings. The showrooms provide an extensive sampling of fabric and trim in an inspirational and intuitively designed setting.

Showroom products encompass Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Robert Allen Contract, and Robert Allen@Home branded fabrics, along with a complete array of fine home furnishings and decorative accessories from a selection of the world’s finest craftsmen.

Made: In America


Duralee Fabrics
SFDC Galleria, #100

MADE: In America announces that Duralee Fine Furniture is the winner of a 2011 Build it in America Award!  The award will be presented at the annual Take Pride in America celebration held at the United States Capitol on July 4, 2011.  The Build it in America Award recognizes leading American companies who have made extraordinary commitments to manufacturing in the United States. 

MADE: In America joins industry professionals in recognizing Duralee Fine Furniture as exemplary in its field, and congratulates the company and its employees for their long standing commitment to making –in America– the finest in hand-crafted  furniture.

About MADE: IN AMERICA:MADE: In America is a not-for-profit educational organization based in Washington, D.C.  The group’s mission is foster a business climate conducive to the free exchange of ideas and information for the purpose of revitalizing and sustaining the competitiveness of American commerce and industry in a global economy.

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