By Stacy Straczynski, Associate Editor
Since Mokum Textiles recently launched their newest collection of textiles, Moderne, I took a trip uptown today to see the fabrics first-hand at the Holly Hunt showroom at the D&D building in NYC. And what a great assortment of patterns! Taking her cues from the 1920s Art Deco period, designer Stephanie Moffitt pulls patterns from architectural structures to create a wonderful array of eye-catching classic motifs that are luxurious and still modern.
The first couple of styles, which are best used for window treatments due to their lighter substance, really showcased an architectural flair. The high-arching patterns are woven through the entire fabric (rather than just being a surface pattern) and create a beautiful raised texture that intrigues the eye and also plays with the light. Lexington (top left), which is based on the design of the Chrysler building, features a shimmering full-width pattern, while Rivioli (top right) also resembles the curvature in the iconic building’s roof in brilliant hues of gold cast upon backgrounds including Prussian Blue and Rosehip (the latter being my favorite color). While both of these fabrics are primarily for residential use, both can be interpreted to a commercial grade.
Next I browsed through a set of denser fabric and Châtelet (above) particularly intrigued me. A clientele favorite, the fabric is very thick and rich (about three yards of fabric are compressed to form one yard of the finished product) and resembles the velvety curtains of a theater stage. What’s particularly interesting is how the lighter shade options seem to glow with a natural luminescence, while the darker shades seem to breath a more subtle shadow. The velvet is pleated and woven in viscose, with the pronounced textures formed by heat application. This fabric is also available in commercial grade upon request and is suitable for both window treatments and upholstery.
Moderne, a commercial-grade upholstery, is by far the collection’s defining piece. Carrying the same name as the whole collection itself (as the original term for Art Deco), the simple, yet intricate hexagonal rayon yarn weavings upon varying background shades of nylon warp. The style invokes feelings of movement and is sure to be the center of conversation. The pattern can also be clearly viewed from the opposite side, since all of Mokum’s textiles are very high-quality and not mere surface prints, which adds additional design options.
Finally, I’ve saved the best for last. My absolute favorite is Coupole, which gets its name from a Parisian café. While seemingly less visually appealing upon first glance (the surface is fairly monotone compared to the rest of the Moderne Collection), Coupole reveals an intricate squiggle-shaped weave of varying similar hues (my personal pick is Quartz, which touts a mix of blues and greys) and an incredible pop of texture.