December Newsletter

With a fresh new year, we’ve began a brand new monthly blog format! This is a Newsletter that we are actually mailing into the physical world. However, for those of you who are more tech-friendly here is our e-version. It’s chock-full of our latest news to keep you on your toes for the next best thing. Enjoy!

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KOBS for Capel Rugs

A BRIEF HISTORY

 

Rug Closeups - Right: Lisbon rug in azul.  Left: Riviera rug in blue brown
Rug Closeups – Right: Lisbon rug in azul. Left: Riviera rug in blue brown

 

We all spend a lot more time looking down than we realize.  It has nothing to do with our mood, it’s just a good idea to see where your feet are from time to time.  And that is why what’s on the floor is so important, we need something uplifting! This is why we have always wanted to make floor coverings and that opportunity finally came up three years ago when we began creating a line for Capel Rugs. 

 

A view of our line in Capel's showroom
A view of our line in Capel’s showroom
Our award winning design - Tuscan Sun Series in the turquesa colorway
Our award winning design – Tuscan Sun Series in the turquesa colorway

 

Capel is a 100-year-old family owned rug company based in North Carolina that manufactures rugs in their own factory as well as various countries overseas. Their commitment to a family-run, American-made product was top priority to us, and now with their experience and expertise they have been able to guide the design team at KOBS to create standout collections each year since 2011. The line has even been recognized as a winner of the Best New Carpet Award in Atlanta this past spring.

 

Hanging out with the award
Hanging out with the award

 

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Kevin having some fun on set for a photoshoot

 

Like most of Kevin’s designs, the rugs are based on natural patterns that have been tweaked with a modern sensibility. Taking our aesthetic into a new format such as rugs requires a lot of modifications in a new process. Kevin’s artwork maintains its painterly feel while appealing to a new market. These provide a great platform for our beloved silk velvet home accessories.

 

Sarah, one of our designers, enjoying working on a new color palette
Sarah, one of our designers, enjoying working on a new color palette

 

Capel is famous for their traditional braided technique, which we have adored since before partnering with them. This is something we would love to work further on, creating a modern version of such a masterpiece. It’s a challenge that we’re willing to tackle!

Don’t forget to stop by at Capel’s showroom in High Point Market 18-23rd!

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

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!