Velvet Crush: A Modern Take on Velvet

By Oliver Burns

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March 10, 2016|Luxury Design

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Image via &Tradition

One of the unique characteristics of velvet is its versatility. “Velvet can work in almost any setting. It can fit in transitional, contemporary or traditional settings. A great velvet piece can enhance the character of any room décor,” says Ghislain De Kertanguy from JB Martin. Even Scandinavian design is embracing the material this season with &Tradition reworking the iconic Mayor Sofa by Arne Jacobsen in velvet.

Images via Architectural Digest and Preen

In addition to bold colours such as chartreuse, green and cobalt that create luxurious statement settings with an instant elegance, this year we also predict lots of soft hues, blushes and calming blues coming from the catwalk into our homes, like Pantone’s colour of the year – Rose Quartz and Serenity; used alongside other natural textures and sheers to create a relaxed and fresh mood.

Images via Automatism and Dries Van Noten

On the runway velvet was used to cover everything from dresses through to boots and bags, creating head to toe looks or just lending a pop of soft plush texture. In interiors we approach velvet in the same way, from soft accents to going all out with large statement pieces. Starting with a cushion or an ottoman, you can then work your way up to an armchair, sofa, or even a headboard to create depth. At Oliver Burns we like to use velvet in a variety of thoughtful ways in our projects; from key statement focal pieces and accents to subtler uses like lining hidden storage. We once covered the walls of a dressing room in velvet to create a sumptuous, cocooning jewelry box inspired space.

Images via Oliver Burns and JB Martin

Velvet undoubtedly lends a sense of warmth to a room. This warmth is created by both the softness of the fabric and the way light reflects off of the pile. Both aspects are due to its nature as a three dimensional fabric as opposed to a flat one, providing it with a complexity and sense of depth. This 3D composition allows the velvet to display variations in light reflection, changing colour depending on the time of day and the direction it is looked at.

Images via Oliver Burns and Architectural Digest

Surprisingly velvet is also a lot more durable than expected; the pile is actually naturally stain repellant and the ‘bruising’ of the velvet creates a beautiful patina over time. This durability allows it to be used in unexpected settings; even in high traffic areas. This beautifully textured versatile material has a tactile and sensuous synergistic quality to it that adds warmth, depth and ultimately style to any space, and is why we will always have a crush on velvet.

Written by SC & SL


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