Category Close-Up - August 2012

Room Fresheners
By Wanda Jankowski

Presented are new options in decorative pillows—the easiest way to refresh the look of a room—on view during N.Y. Home Textiles Market Week

Personalized Pillows
Uptown Artworks offers a different spin on the decorative pillow with its eco-friendly, personalized options in family tree, birth announcement and holiday designs. Made with a cotton and linen front, the 20- by 20-inch family tree pillow shown features a zipper closure and feather-and-down insert. Personalization options include a choice of colors, the number of birds and, of course, the family name. Uptown Artworks, 516-849-2134,

Butterfly’s Best Friend
The Coreopsis 20- by 20-inch pillow features a vibrant floral print on warm white linen. It includes a cotton insert with a zipper in the back, down fill and a knife-edge finish. It is designed, printed and made in the U.S. The decorative information tag provides folklore details about the Coreopsis plant. Ox Bow Décor, 781-239-3546,
Hand-Dyed Silk
Available in 14- by 14-inch and 20- by 20-inch sizes, these pillows render delicate designs in vibrant colors. The pillow covers are made in the U.S. with hand-dyed dupioni silk. Fully lined, they include a zipper opening and are available with or without an insert. Lucas-Hill Art & Design, 510-882-2450,

Updated Argyle
The Small Argyle silk/rayon velvet pillow is available in coral (shown), grass, dove and dusk, and in a variety of sizes. The geometric pattern is rendered in luxurious velvet with crisp diagonal lines and diamond shapes in a repeating design. The pillow features the pattern on both sides, and includes a zipper closure and a feather-and-down insert. Kevin O’Brien Studio, 215-923-6378,

Colorful Collage
Design Accents offers pillows that pair a respect for tradition with modern design. Traditional stitches and techniques are pressed into service to realize contemporary, updated design concepts with styles that range from informal and on-trend to classic and elegant. The line features fun felts, sophisticated velvets with hand-screen prints, hand embroideries and other embellishments. Design Accents, 201-660-2446,
Saree Inspirations
First-time NYIGF exhibitor, Pyar (which means “love” in Hindi) transforms inspirations from the craftsmanship, artistry and stunning patterns of vintage Indian sarees into modern décor. Shown are pillows from the O Collection. Left to right: the tangerine Amaltas in 26- by 26-inch size, the blue Neela in 10- by 10-inch and the multi-colored Constantine in 10- by 20-inch size. Pyar & Co., 312-451-5073,


Color & Texture Explosion
The Bright line of pillows debuts at the gift fair from Cloud9 Design, a New Jersey-based decorative pillow company that is approaching its third anniversary. The company specializes in fun designs that often use new materials in a range of styles from traditional to trendy. Cloud9 Design Inc., 212-356-0086,

Hand-Woven & Eco-Friendly
The 100 percent cotton decorative pillow covers from Sustainable Threads are Fair Trade products, hand-woven on ancient bamboo looms by the women weavers of the Bodo tribe in India and hand-screen printed using eco-friendly dyes. The soft cover is machine washable. Sustainable Threads, 732-940-7487,

Calling All Anglophiles!

The England Love Hook Pillow, made with 100 percent wool and measuring 9 by 9 inches, incorporates a heart-shaped Union Jack motif. PHI, 800-872-6888,

From the Royal Wedding of William and Katherine in 2011, to this year’s celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 60th Year Jubilee and the excitement surrounding the London-hosted 2012 Summer Olympics, there has been much to love about the U.K. Home textile suppliers—Designers Guild, Softline Home Fashions, Nourison, C&F Enterprises, Peking Handicraft and Caldeira, to name a few—have sought to help satiate the love of all things British by offering American Anglophiles decorative pillows in a range of U.K.-themed motifs, from Union Jacks and crowns to depictions of London landmarks. Shown above and below are a couple of options debuting during N.Y. Home Textiles Market. Pantone, provider of professional color standards for the design industries, has also responded to U.K. fever with a limited edition color guide in Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee year to mark her fashion-forward color statements. Created in collaboration with advertising agency, Leo Burnett, the guide launched in June 2012. Her Majesty has consistently appeared in color-coordinated ensembles, such as the Primrose Yellow she wore at Will and Kate’s wedding and the Lilac Snow she wore in 2011 during a visit to Northumberland. The bespoke, numbered color guide includes 60 images of the Queen and features Pantone® Color references, along with the date and location of the Queen’s outfit choice. Only 60 copies of the guide have been printed. For information on color trends, visit; for details on the creative process that inspired this guide, visit

The colorful and richly textured Jubilee Cushion from Designers Guild’s Royal Collection brings a touch of “crowning” glory to any living room. Designers Guild Inc., 212-967-4540,

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