From Silk to Cotton

A NEW VELVET EXPERIMENT

 

Screen printing in action
Screen printing in action

 

One of our newest collections is our “Glazed” cotton velvet that we’ve been developing for the past year here in the studio. We wanted to introduce something that has a more casual feel while still maintaining the integrity of our signature hand-painted technique.

 

Kevin experiments with various color tests.  He won't stop until it's right!
Kevin experiments with various color tests. He won’t stop until it’s right!

 

"Just keep piling on the work, guys."
“Just keep piling on the work, guys.”

 

This collection adds a new depth to our line with a textured printing technique. Our printing process creates a resist print that also leaves a crackled effect when we paint our dyes. This is where the collection gets the name “Glazed” as it appears to look similar to a cracked glazed ceramic.
 This fabric not only offers a different style of products, but it also has the ability to serve as upholstery-weight fabric. This collection is currently available in six colors including: Black, Caramel, Chartreuse, Dusty Blue, Ocean, and Sangria.

 

Top: Ombre in Sangria.  Bottom:  Lovebirds in Caramel & Ombre Medallion in Dusty Blue
Top: Ombre in Sangria. Bottom: Lovebirds in Caramel & Ombre Medallion in Dusty Blue

 

Left to Right: Tapestry in Chartreuse, Tapestry in Ocean, Lovebirds in Black
Left to Right: Tapestry in Chartreuse, Tapestry in Ocean, Lovebirds in Black

Do It Yourshelf

OUR ABC HOME BOUTIQUE

 

Kevin's drawn plans for new shelving
Kevin’s drawn plans for new shelving

 

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Right: Kevin & his friend who helped create the shelves. Left: Kevin seeing his sketches come to life


Our ABC Boutique is one of our most coveted spaces. We like to treat this space like a velvet oasis, and recently we’ve given our shop a bit of a makeover. When the elevator doors open onto the third floor, you will be hynotized by our radiating velvets. Our salesperson, Sue, exudes the eclectic and energetic nature of our work to a T. It’s always a fun surprise to see what colors and patterns she combines to adorn our beds.

 

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Beds in our ABC Boutique. We are constantly refreshing these with new products!

 

As a former architect, Kevin is constantly thinking of new ideas to improve spatial relationships, continuously influencing his surroundings. Kevin worked closely with his carpenter friend in upstate NY to create a honeycomb-inspired design to display our products in the boutique.

 

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The shelves being built

 

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The installation in our boutique at ABC Carpet and Home

 

 

Fully installed and filled with plush, colorful product!
Fully installed and filled with plush, colorful product!

Come see for yourself and indulge in all of your velvet fantasies!

 

Sumptuous Scarves

A VERY VELVET WONDERLAND

We are very happy that both velvet and scarves are back in fashion! Twenty-two years ago, we started as scarf makers because it was the simplest thing to make out of fabric besides napkins. Now that we are fully engaged in our bedding and pillow business, we like to go back to the scarves so we can play with a different set of colors. We can be bolder, use more luscious colors, and wilder combinations. We are glad to see deep rich velvets in use by designers such as John Rocha, Donna Karan, and Josie Natori.

 

Photo Credit: Accessories Magazine via Vogue
Photo Credit: Accessories Magazine via Vogue

We’ve noticed big fur on trend this year while at the same time we have recently found the deepest pile velvet available. It is so lush it’s nearly faux fur and just in time for what is on the runway! Since we dye each piece of fabric in our studio we can capture color depth and variation like no one else. Put one of these scarves on and feel the cozy comfort in the most luxurious style.

 

Left to Right: Panne Velvet Loop in Raspberry, Dove, & Midnight
Left to Right: Panne Velvet Loop in Raspberry, Dove, & Midnight

 

Along with these new deeper piled velvets, we’ve added colors to our shibori line. This technique continues to be utilized in home furnishings as well as fashion. Shibori can look natural and organic while still forming a repetitive and structural pattern. In keeping with the watercolor print trend from designers such as Galliano and in-trend colors, we’ve added a gray color called Sterling. However, we couldn’t resist taking on some more challenging colors as well (see below). Our new Patina colorway takes color to a new level!

 

Galliano- Photo Credit: Vogue (Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com)
Galliano- Photo Credit: Vogue (Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com)

 

Left to Right: Rorschach Copper, Rorschach Sterling, Rorschach Patina
Left to Right: Rorschach Copper, Rorschach Sterling, Rorschach Patina

 

We’ve transformed some of our more popular patterns into scarves. The Vines pattern is a large-scale bold pattern with layered colors that makes the velvet feel like a magical forest. Op Art is our take on the optical art of the 1960’s that creates the illusions using geometric shapes. Our Leopard print, a timeless pattern is updated in luxe velvet.

 

Left to Right: Vines in Cobalt/Black, Op Art in Smoke, Leopard in Plum
Left to Right: Vines in Cobalt/Black, Op Art in Smoke, Leopard in Plum

Getting Dreamy

NEW LINEN BEDDING LINE

Last week here at KOBS we were busy prepping some photos of our new product, and we wanted to share some behind the scenes photos to debut our new linen bedding line!

 

Behind the scenes at KOBS
Behind the scenes at KOBS

If velvet represents richness, depth, and timelessness, then linen stands for airy, lighthearted ease. Both fabrics have origins in Medieval Europe and have been refined and perfected in many ways. As different as they are, they were coveted from the very beginning and usually used in combination with one another – linen blouse with a velvet jacket or linen bed dressing with a velvet coverlet. We wondered: can they be combined in a modern way to create a luxurious yet casual bed? Take a look and tell us what you think!

Our linens are as beautiful as our velvets, but they each have a different appeal. If the velvet is like a deep forest, then the linen is like a sunny meadow. These are the makings of a beautiful landscape and this is the way we conceive our bedding ensembles. This new linen bedding is hand painted with soft colors that ombre from head to foot and has a more casual feel.  The euro shams, a more textural linen, are painted in mottled colors to coordinate with both the linen and the velvet.

 

Aurora Bedding in Lilac
Aurora Bedding in Lilac

 

Aurora Bedding in pale blue skies
Aurora Bedding in pale blue skies

 

One of our favorite velvets to pair with this collection for this winter is our Quilted Patchwork blanket measuring in at 95 x 95″. These are a mosaic of patterns and colors that combine to make a luxe bohemian-inspired look. Each patchwork is unique in that it is made from our many remnants that would ordinarily go to waste. This allows us to give new life to leftover fragments that weren’t large enough to create a pillow.

 

PATCH-BL-DOVE
Patchwork Velvet Coverlet in Dove Colorway

 

Remnants before their transformation
Remnants before their transformation

 

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Patchwork Velvet Coverlet after their transformation. Colors (from top left): Gold Beige, Shark, Dove, Iris, White, Dusk