Introducing Designtex + Coalesse an Upholstery Collection Crafted by Collaboration
Designtex and Coalesse Design Studios have together produced Designtex + Coalesse, a collection of nine patterned textiles that celebrate and evoke the synergy of cross-disciplinary collaboration between the two brands. The partnership embraced unique insights across textile and furniture design to create a collection tailored for upholstery applications. Utilizing the expertise of small specialty mills, the resulting designs delve deep into a nuanced exploration of color, geometry and the tactility of fine fibers.
“The Designtex + Coalesse collection is a result of a self-initiated project to create a grouping of Designtex textiles that reflects the aesthetic and values of Coalesse,” said Catherine Stowell, design director at Designtex. “We worked with small artisanal mills to create a range of soft, subtle and thoughtful patterns. We used special techniques deployed by master craftsmen to embroider, felt and weave the patterns. Special attention was paid to color and Coalesse’s unique point of view around deploying color and pattern on their suite of product. All in all it was great fun to work so closely with a sister company.”
This collection offers designs made using small-batch techniques by specialty weavers at a level of commercial scale and performance. Manufactured with care by master craftspeople whose expertise has been cultivated and honed from generations-old traditions, Designtex + Coalesse brings high-quality, crafted products to the contract market without sacrificing time-efficiency, service and performance.
Designed to be used with a wide range of furniture pieces, the Designtex + Coalesse collection pairs especially well on Coalesse offerings: The development and test application of each Designtex upholstery material was conducted in tandem with the company’s furniture.
Styles to mix and match
Across the nine pattern designs, a range of considered elements combine to provide a cohesive collection, while featuring overlapping concepts of pattern and color to encourage designers to also explore a mix-and-match approach. Various pairings create a moment of visual interest through subtly coordinating contrasts and variations:
The highly dimensional, quilted texture of Burrard lends to a natural pairing with the crisp-cotton surface of the Burrard Ground Cloth option, a soft, slightly heathered textile made of pre-consumer recycled yarns, paired with nylon for extra strength.
Bixby, a duo available in Micro and Macro versions, interprets the geometry of the Burrard pattern in finely milled Italian wool, with a play on scale that again encourages designers to toggle back and forth between opposites in a harmonic way.
A luxurious blend of wool and linen, Willis channels sartorial sophistication, evoking the feel of a fine linen suit.
Mateo features a dimensional-weave structure and Designtex’s own close-loop yarn, in a subtle exploration of subdued pattern.
A curated collection, from source to maker
Throughout, the choice of content and fibers used were as carefully considered as the weaving manufacturer, and all products in the Designtex + Coalesse collection meet or exceed ACT contract standards. From Designtex’s own closed loop yarn, to the finely milled wool and linen, and pre-consumer recycled cotton recovered from T-shirt manufacturing—each material was specially sourced and selected to imbue an extra layer of richness, nuance and ecological responsibility into the final designs.