Shopping for Fabric for our 'Take A Seat Chair'

Apr 19, 2013

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Kravet.  Founded in 1918, Kravet is an industry leader in to-the-trade home furnishings, including furniture, fabric, wall coverings, trimmings, carpet and accessories. 

On Wednesday Tina and I announced that we've teamed up to upcycle a chair for IFDA's Take a Seat to benefit Sandy and Tsunami relief efforts. Yesterday I showed you the "before" of our chair.  Today's post is all about our search for the perfect fabric to pair with our chair's gorgeous profile and chrome legs.

To kick off our fabric shopping expedition, Tina and I began at the D&D in Kravet's third floor showroom. Kravet is usually my first stop in the building for fabric, and it once again did not disappointWe were looking for a fabric that when paired with the chair would speak to "chic city living;" our chair design concept.

We were specifically looking for a textile that is contemporary yet classic, patterned without being too busy, and hard-wearing yet soft to the touch. Candice Olson for Kravet's Bradley embroidered velvet is all of the above.  This exclusive Kravet design is a cotton/viscose (read: durable) cut velvet with an embroidered, petite polka-dot pattern.  The scale of the polka dots is classic and chic, and the velvet has a smooth hand.  As you can see from the photos, the textile's hue is a pale watery blue, very soft to the eye, titled "aqua."

We loved the blue, and then briefly considered the fabric's off-white, "oyster" colorway.  As you can additionally see from the photos, the velvet has a subtle iridescence to it. Tina and I both liked the way both colors changed in light and shadow.  Here I am, below, holding up a memo in 'oyster' while Tina and I came to the very quick consensus that our curvy little cantilevered chair and the blue velvet were 100% the the way to go.  Right away it was clear that the velvet we love is just so much more special in the soft robin's egg blue.

Needless to say, upcycling a chair for such a great cause could not be more fun.  Now that we have our chair and our fabric, Frank of Home Interiors by Anthony Giaramita can begin working his magic to transform the chair over the next few weeks for our May 1st reveal!

We are so happy, again, to be a part of this Sandy and Tsunami relief effort, and so thankful for Kravet’s generous fabric donation to make this possible.  Thank you!

Images / Tina Ramchandani / 

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