Outdoor Fabric - A Run Down
For years we have been complaining about the lack of interesting outdoor fabrics but following a few rep visits recently, it looks like the industry gods have finally taken note. Thanks to the development of new technology and the development of higher quality fibers, different weights and textures have been realized. Outdoor fabric is great to use in high traffic areas and often have stain repellent elements, perfect for dining areas and children’s’ playrooms. The increase in range, colours and textures therefore is wonderful.
Below we have compiled a list of designers with the best 4 outdoor collections and some of the strongest examples.
C & C Milano
The Italian designer has reworked some of their trademark simple stripes and colours with revolutionary technology in order to maintain the same soft textures seen in their main collection.
Ammiraglio in Snow and Oil
Sailor in White/Red
Jim Thompson has a couple of ranges of outdoor fabric across both his main brand and No.9 Thompson. The Latter has a larger selection of patterns in bright colours from traditional stripes to original eclectic designs. The collection for his main brand, Jim Thompson, holds a precise collection of plains that come is a vast range of colours and textures. However mixed in are a couple of perfectly refined stripes and botanical prints.
Notable fabrics from Jim Thompson:
Belize in Moss
Negresco in Powder Blue
Notable fabrics from No.9 Thompson:
Matelot in Santa Fe
Zee Urchin in Fire Cracker
Holly Hunt – Great Outdoors
Conceived to provide for not just outdoor living but also for casual indoor living what’s great about this collection are the textures achieved. There are some beautiful velvets and soft, fluffy chenille’s which are perfect for high traffic, indoor spaces. In true Holly Hunt style the colours are a great mix of muted staples and zesty brights, successfully covering all bases.
Notable fabrics from Holly Hunt:
Lionheart in Iceland
Beach Blanket in Ice Water
Palm in Green Leaf
The Mediterranean was the key inspiration behind this fabulous collection from Elitis. Whilst we love all of the other collections mentioned above, this pips them to the post slightly to become our favorite. Designed to be mixed and matched and blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, they have compiled a cohesive collection of pattern and plains. Repeated across a simple but usable colour palette are four interesting and original patterns.
Notable fabrics from Elitis:
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