Best of NY NOW

The orders counted and the verdict is in, we’re back today to give you a taste of our most popular colors and patterns this season. We showed you the process of setting up our booth, and now we’re going to give you a glimpse of our most sought-after products.

 

New Gunmetal Colorway
New Gunmetal Colorway. Top Left to Right: shown in our ombre & small moroccan pattern. Bottom: shown in our arches pattern

 

This season we introduced three new colors: Gunmetal, Cobalt Black, and Desert Rose. Each of these colors have (as always) been hand mixed and conceived right here in our studio with trends in mind. We’ll definitely be busy the next few months painting a lot of these deep blues!

 

New Colors: Desert Rose in our Op Art & Brocade patterns (top left, bottom right) & Cobalt Black in our Leopard & Dots patterns (top right, bottom left)
New Colors: Desert Rose in our Op Art & Brocade patterns (top left, bottom right) & Cobalt Black in our Leopard & Dots patterns (top right, bottom left)

 

This season we’ve also introduced some new metallic velvets that are printed onto a long-haired velvet giving them an embossed look. Not only are these metallic, but we’ve come up with a whole new range of colors specifically for this new line!

 

From Left to Right: Metallic Moroccan in Eucalyptus, Metallic Lovebirds in Violet Silver, Metallic Ombre Medallion in Ruby
From Left to Right: Metallic Moroccan in Eucalyptus, Metallic Lovebirds in Violet Silver, Metallic Ombre Medallion in Ruby

 

New Mohair Tufted pillows in silk/velvet button & cording.  Left to Right: Bark/Rust, Black/Charcoal, Purple/Amethyst
New Mohair Tufted pillows in silk/velvet button & cording. Left to Right: Bark/Rust, Black/Charcoal, Purple/Amethyst

 

We’ve developed a new tufted style of our mohair pillows that have been well received thus far. These go well with our silk velvet decorative pillows and add depth with a more matte texture.

 

Be on the lookout for our next post about the making of our new cotton velvet line!

NY NOW

A VERY VELVET STORY

 

How many Kevins can you spot?
How many Kevins can you spot?

It’s been a crazy few weeks here at KOBS! We even had to make clones of Kevin to cope (see above image).  We’re just settling into our orders from NYNOW as we begin our busiest season, and we wanted to share a bit of the behind the scenes with you. When it comes to trade shows, we pack up about 200 of our prettiest plush pillows and put them on display for buyers and designers alike.

This year we introduced a lot of new products including three new colorways, new metallic designs, and new cotton velvet designs as well as our new scarves. We were thrilled to have our best show to date! Here’s a bit of our process  from start to finish:

 

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From our studio to the Javits Center!

 

The Javits!
The Javits!

 

Oh look how far we've come!
Oh look how far we’ve come!

 

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into making our velvets look good. We hope that you enjoy seeing them as much as we enjoy showing them! Stay tuned for our best sellers coming to you next week.

 

Kevin!
“See ya’ll in High Point!” – Kevin

 

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!

 

Tavern on the Green

Kevin & Jim Caiolla (co-owner) pose as Jim reminds Kevin that this is supposed to be a black tie event.  Kevin points out that he is, indeed, wearing a black tie.
Kevin & Jim Caiolla (co-owner) pose as Jim reminds Kevin that this is supposed to be a black tie event. Kevin points out that he is, indeed, wearing a black tie.

Two young and earnest artists met one day 25 years ago at a life drawing class.  One admired the other’s curves (in his drawings) and the other commented on the subtle shading of the other’s.  They became friends and most improbably, one went into the restaurant business and the other into the textile business.  Even more improbably they both flourished in their life choices.  Still friends, Kevin O’Brien of Kevin O’Brien Studio and David Salama (along with his partner Jim Caiolla) collaborated on some of the decor for the new Tavern on the Green.  David and Jim, two guys from Philly, are the new owners of the fabled restaurant in Central Park, which is not improbable at all when you see what they can do with food as well as interior design.  They just opened this past month and Kevin and his wife, Myoshin Thurman O’Brien, were invited to the grand gala that opened the doors for the first time in years. Amidst all the glitz and glam you can see Kevin’s velvet curtains hanging around the place.

Kevin & Myoshin looking dashing as they make an appearance on the red carpet.  Myoshin turned the camera on the photographers to get this shot.
Kevin & Myoshin looking dashing as they make an appearance on the red carpet. Myoshin turned the camera on the photographers to get this shot.
A few snaps of the glitz & glam of the new building.  Kevin having fun taking photos.
A few snaps of the glitz & glam of the new building. Kevin having fun taking photos.
Kevin showing off his work.  Myoshin looking fabulous in the beautiful new interior of Tavern on the Green.
Kevin showing off his work. Myoshin looking fabulous in the beautiful new interior of Tavern on the Green.

A very good idea is to go there yourself and see how this venerable symbol of NYC has been updated to reflect the city – it’s history, its vibrant present, and optimism for it’s future.  It’s all there, in the ancient woodwork, now lit by beautiful expanses of modern glass, the old stone and brick, now cleaner than when it was new, but with the soft beauty of age, and the ancient barn beams quietly presiding overhead, as they have done since sheep slept here and later when generations of past New Yorkers celebrated life here, and as they will do in the future as the new New York invents itself.  Oh, and the food’s great too!

 

A brief overview of the painting of the curtains.  Don't worry, the steaming process will tone the color down a bit.
A brief overview of the painting of the curtains. Don’t worry, the steaming process will tone the color down a bit.

Above you can see the painting of the fabric for the curtains. From top to bottom, you can see Max and Kevin stretching the blank fabric, the fabric being painted on one side, and the final side being painted. Once the fabric is painted, it is taken down to be steamed and rinsed. Next stop, cutting and sewing!