AmericasMart 2016 Recap
This year Caroline Cecil Textiles was honored to be included in CLOTH & KIND’s vignette at the AmericasMart 2016 Pantone Design Exhibition! The Athens, GA & Ann Arbor, MI based interior design duo behind CLOTH & KIND, Tami and Krista, are known for creating spaces with history & heart, story & substance. One of the ways in which they consistently achieve this vibe in their work is with artisanal textiles. They incorporate textural wovens and painterly prints ranging from boutique lines to historical textiles, with effortless sophistication. Oh and if you aren’t already following them on Pinterest, it’s time to hop on the bandwagon (along with their 38k followers ahem)! It was super exciting for us to debut 2 of our new prints with CLOTH & KIND’s, with the full line of 7 new prints launching to the trade this February. That's right, the launch of our new line is fast approaching! In this post we’ll share a behind-the-scenes look into the design process behind Tami & Krista’s Pantone vignette, and clue you in on when and how you can get your hands on our new line. We’re very excited to share this exclusive sneak peek with you - so go ahead, scroll down and read on!
When we first heard that Tami and Krista wanted to use our fabric, we were so curious to see how they would work it into their vision. They were exploring the idea of bringing the new Pantone 'Soft Focus' color palette to life in a collector or artist's studio themed space. Tami and Krista invited our team to a private shared Pin board to share their vision. It was so fun being able to witness and part-take in their creative process. After several conference calls we went our separate ways. Team CCT got right to work developing printed fabric for the project in custom colors. We took a minute to catch up with Krista & Tami to hear about the rest of their process post-conference call.
Can you ladies share a bit about the conception of your theme and your design process?
The nice thing about being invited to design vignettes like this one is that it gives us the opportunity for complete and total creative freedom, unlike when we are designing with and for a client and it’s our job to create a space that perfectly suits their personal tastes. We always have a blast letting our minds wander and coming up with ideas that are personally moving to the two of us. For this particular Pantone space, we selected the ‘Soft Focus’ color palette because we were endlessly inspired by the relaxed and creative hues like Tourmaline (Pantone 16-4411), Smoke Green (Pantone 15-6315), Blossom (Pantone 14-1513), Nostalgia Rose (Pantone 17-1512), Cream Gold (Pantone 13-0739) and Peach Nougat (Pantone 14-1220). With such a range of tones, we almost immediately envisioned a colorful artist’s studio with walls covered in vibrant paintings. As with all creative endeavors, when we hit the right concept or idea, both of us are just like ‘YES, this is it!’ and the rest happens organically and very naturally.
How did you source key materials, including textiles from CCT’s new line?
In true CLOTH & KIND form, we wanted to swath the walls with a textile to be a stunning and textural backdrop to all of the paintings we envisioned. We had met Caroline Cecil recently at ADAC and admired her work so we inquired if she’d be interested in working with us. When she enthusiastically replied that she was AND she had some new, never been seen before designs that we could use, it was another moment in our creative process where we felt everything coming together just as it should be. We fell in love with her new TITIK and HUTAN patterns and the rest was history. Since HUTAN has a bit of a tropical vibe to it, we played that up further with the Currey & Co light fixture and the Palecek woven chair we selected. Eliko is hands down our favorite source for vintage and antique rugs and we found the colorful Kilims through them. AmericasMart vendors were all so gracious about allowing us to pull from their inventory and use pieces that fit with our project. We’re pretty darn happy with how it all turned out.
Where did you source the artwork?
Zoe Bios Creative has an incredible array of gorgeous artwork so we got a couple of large pieces from there, but the rest is vintage from our CLOTH & KIND Atelier collection. We always have to include vintage in projects. It adds a layer of patina that is so key to any space for us.
Where did you source the chair and what was the process like reinventing it and reupholstering it?
Isn’t it fabulous? It’s called the Strings Attached chair (which we got a giggle over). Our friends at Palecek are always so incredibly supportive in allowing us to use their inventory for special projects like this one. They were even cool with us reupholstering the cushions in CCT’s Hutan, which felt like it was MADE for this chair.
Well, it's clear that all the hard work paid off. The vignette was a total stunner, and according to many, the talk of the show. Hey, even Rue Magazine selected it as their favorite vignette! Click here to read their thoughts. If you're interested in HUTAN and TITIK, the two new CCT prints that CLOTH & KIND used in their vignette, samples are now available! Click here to view the full assortment.
Photo Credit: Sarah Dorio & Marissa Rocke.