Carnegie’s new collection embraces past and present

Yesterday, I visited Carnegie’s New York showroom for a special sneak preview of their new Modern Vintage collection. I met with textile designer Mary Holt, Carnegie’s executive vice president of creative, who walked me through the process of creating the vintage-inspired collection of upholstery fabrics.

The Modern Vintage collection by Carnegie

The Modern Vintage collection by Carnegie

Holt described the collection as evoking, but not mimicking, the patterns of yesteryear, when many intricate details were stitched by hand. The six styles offer an updated take on a classic aesthetic and offer all the high-performance features you would expect of a modern textile.

The collection features several indoor/outdoor offerings, including Camden, a bold geometric pattern inspired by flea market finds such as vintage clocks and snowshoes.

The retro chic Camden pattern features a classic shape

The retro chic Camden pattern features a classic shape

Holt and the other textile designers were inspired by the craftsmanship of vintage tapestries in creating Maxwell Street – Carnegie’s interpretation of the traditional tapestry technique. The fill-faced structure hides the warp threads, allowing for the clustered hexagon pattern to have a crisp look and vibrant colors.

 Maxwell Street

Maxwell Street is a modern take on the traditional tapestry technique

Brimfield offers a whimsical, larger-scaled pattern with a subtle ombre effect on a neutral, textured background. This style is available in four colorways and is bleach cleanable.

Brimfield features a medium-scale embroidery detail on a denim-like background

Brimfield features a medium-scale embroidery detail on a denim-like background

The Modern Vintage collection is named after famous flea markets around the world, and also includes the dynamically textured Brick Lane, the soft, heathered Chelsea, and the nuanced Vintage, which features a multicolored warp that weaves through a chenille fill.

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