- Wallpapers and Wallcoverings: This is not your grandma’s wallpaper. Modern options for wallpaper and wallcovering are chic and contemporary with metallics and bold colors, for example, and feature incredible materials and textures such as linen, leather, silk and grasscloth to flock and feather materials. The best part? These are largely handcrafted and sometimes even hand painted.
- LED Lighting: Light can dramatically augment a room and LED lighting is perfect for bathrooms. LEDs are directional sources to use light and energy more efficiently and remove the intrusive and stark nature of traditional bathroom lights. Incorporated into mirrors, light bars or recessed sockets, LED, along with lighting automation, helps to declutter the bathroom.
- Hospitality moves into the home: The spa-like style of hotel bathrooms has migrated into home bathroom design. Mater suite bathrooms have graduated from functional to personal havens to relax and restore. Think soaking tubs, room to lounge and wine draws to make the bathroom the ultimate retreat.
German Kitchen Center brings innovative and award-winning European kitchen designs to the west with its flagship Seattle showroomSeattle Design Center, the Pacific Northwest’s premier marketplace for fine home furnishings and design services, today announced the opening of new showroom, German Kitchen Center. The showroom is open on the upper level of Seattle Design Center.German Kitchen Center provides interior designers, homeowners, architects, real estate owners, and contractors with everything from modern kitchen design to renovation and installation. Whether a customer desires traditional style, luxury design, or eco-friendly appliances, German Kitchen Center offers customizable design solutions that offer roughly 2,000 color options and a wide variety of finishes. “We’re thrilled to welcome German Kitchen Center to our community of high quality showrooms. Their detail-oriented approach to kitchen design results in the elevated experience that Seattle Design Center strives to deliver from incredible quality to design expertise,” said Brenda Arianpour, Director of Operations at Greenbridge Investment Partners, owner of Seattle Design Center.Seattle Design Center will house the first German Kitchen Center showroom on the West Coast with its Pacific Northwest flagship. Seattle is an evolving city that values beauty, quality and innovation. With German Kitchen Center’s prominence in metropolises across the United States, including New York City, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Washington D.C., expanding into the Seattle market is an incredible business milestone for German Kitchen Center.Excited to be expanding the number of showrooms that offer kitchen expertise, German Kitchen Center will augment Seattle Design Center as an expert in kitchen design. While each showroom cultivates its unique aesthetics and specialties from the home to the office, German Kitchen Center will serve as a place for designers and end-users to gain exclusively kitchen inspiration and design direction.With the addition of German Kitchen Center, Seattle Design Center will be home to 19 showrooms. In the coming months, Sierra Pacific Windows will open as well to homeowners and design professionals. Sierra Pacific Windows has 125 years in the window and door business, with products installed in 30 countries around the world.For more news, events and inspiration, following Seattle Design Center on social media, including @seattledesigncenter on Instagram, @seattle.design on Facebook and @seattle_design on Twitter.About Seattle Design Center Seattle Design Center (SDC) is a one-of-a-kind design center and office campus conveniently located in Georgetown, just four miles south of downtown Seattle. The only design center in the Pacific Northwest, SDC is home to almost 20 regional and national designer showrooms and is a hub for interior designers and decorators. SDC also features a large event space that is available for private and corporate events. For more information, please visit www.seattledesigncenter.com.
Tell us about your new 3D Collection for Donghia?
The collection is very purposely forward-thinking. We’ve really looked at the staggering amount of product in the market and made a conscious effort to introduce only those designs and qualities which truly offer something new, inspiring, and useful. The 3D’s stand for Design, Dimension, and Durability – all attributes which we feel are imperative to any product which hopes to add something meaningful to the overwhelming piles and piles of textiles which are readily available today. Design – means great, original, surprising designs. Fresh. Gorgeous. Exclusive to Donghia. Nothing canned or bought off a rack and plunked into our line. Dimension – means fabrics of intriguing surface height, texture or pattern movement. Patterns feel active, dynamic as if powered by an inherent energy. Durability – means just that! Many of the fabrics are meant to be especially durable and practical for everyday use. Some exhibit exceptional resistance to wear, while nearly 60 of the offerings with very indoor/residential look, feel and color palette, have actually been made and intended for indoor or OUTDOOR use (they stand up to UV rays). These are water and stain resistant to boot; but you wouldn’t know by seeing any of it or by touching any of it. You see and feel only desirable, covetable luxury. The color palette is meant to have modernity and global appeal. We tap into trends and movements but push beyond to raise an eyebrow or two and point to trends of tomorrow. All just what the design world would expect from a new Donghia collection. No?
This is now your second collection for the venerable brand. You have a wealth of experience having designed for Brunschwig & Fils, Schumacher and others. What was your design intention when joining Donghia?
I spent many years designing patterns and creating color palettes for brands whose product was steeped in history and a kind of timeless tradition. Classics. Always, I studied the past, looked at historic references as points of departure. But History can be both treasure trove of inspiration and a weighty ball and chain. How liberating and freeing to have joined Donghia, to have for the first time in my career the opportunity to design anything at all with deference to something surprising, unusual, unfamiliar or to nothing at all. It’s magic and pure joy to design, with the help of my studio team, whatever I want, whatever we all feel is right for the Donghia brand.
How does 3D differ from or build on your first collection, Manhattan Muse?
2017’s MANHATTAN MUSE Collection was a tour de force of offerings designed to draw a line in the sand and trumpet, “This is Donghia today! Here is our look and these are our colors!” The response from designers has been phenomenal. I see it as a Macro collection with bold, eye-catching designs which can inspire from 10 or even 20 feet away. The jewels of the room. To view them, one by one, it’s like a show of the best fireworks, which make you “ooh” and “ahh.” Inspirational. Aspirational. Wow. For 2018, we bring it to a more Micro level. Textures and surfaces rule, but inspire appreciation when viewed up-close. There’s something about the 3D offerings which invites close inspection and suggests high-volumes of usage; sectional sofas, curtains, entire verandas. It’s another facet of the diamond that is Donghia. And we didn’t cut and run from last year. There is a lot of mix and match opportunity from one collection to the next. Color palette is continued and enhanced from last year. Getting more and more modern with some fashion color surprises every season. Yet all whispers connection to Donghia’s past, legacy product.
What is your favorite textile in the 3D Collection?
I love them all! But “Block Party” embroidery has a very special place in my heart. It’s based on a Memphis-style painting from the early 1980s which was given to my father as a gift, when my family lived in South America. He recently gave it to me. Apart from the personal history, it just spoke to me as the perfect point of departure for a new textile design, just perfect for Donghia. It’s a wild, stylized cityscape. Literally, it has so much inherent energy, you’ll be looking for the battery pack. We did it as a full-coverage embroidery which has both machine and hand-sewn elements. I don’t know, somehow the soul of the unknown artist/painter, the hum of the machines and hearts of the artisans who did the sewing – whirled all together, have managed to capture the very energy of city life. That’s a lot for a textile, I know! It’s kind of amazing. Of course, that also means there’s still a good measure of Macro, wow-factor design, even in our more Micro collection!
We’ve heard you use the term, “The Donghia Plus 1.” What does this mean?
I always ask myself, “Why am I making this textile? What is its reason for being? What does it add to the ridiculously overcrowded marketplace?” That’s where the Donghia “Plus 1” (or, +1) comes into play. What’s that extra something special about this item? What makes it unique? What’s its story? What makes it worthy of a place in Donghia’s line? What makes it worthy of a place in the market? The +1 might simply be knock-out design. It could be a new quality of yarn or attribute like stain resistance or durability. Donghia won’t make textiles just for the sake of making more of what’s already out there. If there’s no +1, no story, no special something, we just won’t make it.
What do you think will be the next big design trend in home interiors?
I grew up with an ornery vacuum chasing my feet from room to room – and some rooms were strictly off limits. People just don’t live like that, today. Designers are heeding client requests for beautiful, livable textiles and surfaces which are more or less worry-free. I think the BIG trend is towards lasting impact, literally. Folks want sofas for dogs and kids to jump upon and curtains which might be hosed clean. Well, maybe I exaggerate – a bit – but, precious aesthetics are still in. Precious, delicate furnishings are definitely out. The big trend is to make that which is utterly desirable and even luxurious, at least somewhat practical. Clients want to use and enjoy every inch of their spaces. To gaze at a gorgeous room in awe from afar (and with a good measure of anxiety) just isn’t a thing anymore. Even my mother, of ornery vacuum fame, has gotten rid of the carpets. Living space, today, is every space.