shopping for pieces, design ideas

My favorite stores (and that's saying something!)

My best friends know that I'm generally a terrible shopper:  I'm generally not suggestible and never have enough time.  But there is one type of store that I could visit every day:  Fabric stores.  Rows of color and texture that I happily roam looking for inspiration, for an idea that will transform a well-worn seat into a work of art.  

Today I had two chairs in mind:  One, a fanciful chair that reminds me of a voluptuous 40’s film star in a cocktail dress.  The other is actually a matched pair of narrow, angular chairs that remind me of the set of Mad Men.  Because every chair requires a family of fabrics--related in palette but varied in style and texture--I first create fabric pairs.  These help me envision the possibilities for each chair.  I go so far as to sketch the finished chair using these fabrics in different ways, so I make sure I really like the final composition.  After all, these are expensive fabrics, and there's no going back once they're cut and tacked.

Here are a couple of fabric pairs…more to come next trip!

  Pictured fabrics are from the Zarin Fabrics store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side (  www.zarinfabrics.com  )

Pictured fabrics are from the Zarin Fabrics store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side (www.zarinfabrics.com)