It is often said that “art imitates life.” Textiles touch everyday life around the globe in ways that few other things can. Fabrics (and clothing) reflect personalities, cultures, climate, values, and more. However, textiles are often thought of as common and ordinary because they are always around us. Conversely, there are unique and breathtaking architectural pieces all over our world that one may see once in a lifetime. I thought it would be interesting to look at the characteristics of some landmark architecture and translate the qualities and looks into textiles.
Lourve Fabric Collection
Key Word Characteristics of the Glass Pyramid at the Louvre
France: Drop Screen, a non-woven with elegant organic fiberglass pattern originates in France as well.
Gold and Copper Tones: Stretch Illusion, an elastic material with metallic face, comes in an array of colors including gold, copper, and silver.
Transparent: Though not as transparent as glass; Micron Mesh, Sheer, and HexiMesh allow for great read through when used printed or non-printed. Images on the reverse side are still visible when these materials are used to define a space.
Grid: Though not nearly as elegant as the grid holding the glass in place, 2” Mesh in black can be configured in a square pattern or with patterning can be tensioned in a diamond pattern. This pattern can be used over top of other materials to create a unique grid design.
High Traffic: Being the worlds most visited museum, only a material that can handle high traffic with a great wear rating would work. With a Wyzenbeek Published wear rating of 250,000+ and a subtle sparkle like nighttime sky, Forza upholstery fabric is a great match.
Valerie “Poly Georgette” has a passion for textiles and construction. She enjoys developing solutions utilizing a number of different substrates to dress a space. She has ten years of experience creating custom solutions and tracking down a plethora of amazing textiles, consistently dreaming up new ways to use them.