Who would have thought that sleek and slim furniture I grew up with would be here to stay in 2017? That red and white button tufted Naugahyde sofa with red accent chair and a sleek tapered leg my parents had in their living room when I was a child is back and covered in some fantastically fabulous fabrics. That was the year 1964 when I was 2 years old and defined now as mid-century modern.
While at the Boston Design Center this week, I received a phone call from Duralee Fabrics showroom manager Gary Fisher and when Gary calls, you know there’s something good brewing. Dashing up to the 4th floor Gary was anxiously waiting to give me a private showing of all that’s new and hip in furniture. To begin, front and center were metal base bar stools. Metals are hot right now in design and their Z-like base provides a modern style element. Dark blue and teal were featured in the bar stool cushions and provide a contemporary look. Next Gary was excited to pull swatches of fabrics for new showroom vignettes that were not traditional, but for this traditional style girl, I loved it all.
The first feature was inspired by teal wallcovering already installed on the showroom display wall. Using this paper, an olive color fabric called forest in a rich velvet was chosen for upholstery on Duralee’s Sutton box back sofa with bench cushion. Their midcentury modern exposed wood lounge chairs called the Holloway would be paired with this grouping and upholstered in Highland Court fabric called Sabine in colorway Black/Beige more of an Aztec pattern with the content of cotton, linen, wool, and viscose. What was exciting about this grouping was not only the style of furnishings but the accent pillows. Duralee’s lulu dK butterfly pattern in colorway olive and gold would be embellished with black brush fringe. A solid teal pillow and another lulu dk gold pattern fabric would also sit on the sofa. The striking element to this vignette is the fabric choice for the showroom’s display window. Clarke-Clarke’s Myla pattern in color Hemp would be used for drapes framing this fantastic midcentury modern display.
As we played with swatches of fabric on the showroom’s floor Gary was excited to share another grouping. Loving this combination also was a mix of all colors leaning towards a pink and gray colorway with pops of unconventionally designed fabrics. The sofa would be upholstered in a combination of two fabrics. Being creative, Baily & Griffin’s Chippendale braid fabric has a large geometric stripe design and would be embellished with their Dogges pattern in color Amethyst which twinkled with a blush-like shimmer. This grouping would be combined with a pair of herringbone patterned chairs with button tufted backs. Pillows here would shock anyone. Highland Court’s Bellatrix in eggplant color resembled paint splattering fun. Another velvet pillow in Chatoyant Raspberry and a gold metallic was used. Last but not least a Studio JF Fabrics skull patterned pillow in gray and white lends a bit of a shock factor to this grouping.
Duralee’s mid-century style furniture is not your mother’s sofa. Find out more at https://www.duralee.com/