Introducing DVF for Kravet
DVF for Kravet at Dine by Design
DVF for Kravet was unveiled for most to see this past March at DIFFA’s Dining By Design in New York City. This annual event runs in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, which I attended with BlogTour NYC. While I saw the DVF Collection for Kravet at Dining by Design ahead of their official summer launch, I actually had the privilege to preview DVF’s bold collection of color and prints in May of last year while on Blogfest2013 when I stopped by the Kravet/Brunschwig & Fils/Lee Jofa studios. However, because everything was still under wraps, I was unable to share my photos. Now that the cat is finally out of the bag…
DVF for Kravet in Development, May 2013
DVF at Claridge’s London
If you think the prints above look vaguely familiar, you are not completely off. In 2010, DVF designed a handful of rooms and suites in London’s Claridge’s Hotel. The black and white prints used for the Claridge’s project were used as the foundation for the DVF for Kravet collection. From there, additional color ways, patterns, textures, and trims were added to form a comprehensive collection that would come to be the DVF for Kravet collection that launched last month. Below are photos of some of the rooms at Claridge’s of London that Diane Von Furstenberg designed using her signature glamorous yet effortless style and that acted as the foundation for the DVF Collection for Kravet.
The DVF for Kravet Collection, May 2014
Fast forward to May 2014. A lot can happen over the course of a year, and I was pleased to see what DVF for Kravet evolved into when it finally launched last month. What was once mainly monochromatic black and white rooms at London’s Claridge’s Hotel evolved into a lively collection of black and white mixed with big splashes of vibrant color, in addition to several other fashion-forward color palettes and coordinating/contrasting patterns and textures, keeping everything fresh, exciting, and unexpected.
Diane von Furstenberg is know for her bold and eclectic mix of color and pattern that reflects her globetrotting lifestyle, and she translated her same signature style into the DVF Collection for Kravet. Animal prints colored in navy, berry and orange paired with geometrics, stylized herringbone, and bold florals – you couldn’t get more eclectic than this exotic mix of color and pattern, but everything works together beautifully and tells a story.
About Diane von Furstenberg
There are few designers that have had the success and longevity that Diane von Furstenberg has experienced throughout her 42 year career. Since its humble beginnings selling jersey dresses from a suitcase, the DVF brand has expanded and evolved into a global luxury lifestyle brand that now includes ready to wear fashion, accessories, and home furnishings. DVF is best known for her signature prints and her iconic wrap dress, which currently is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a year of tributes and festivities in honor of the dress that liberated women’s style in the 70s. Always an innovator in the industry, DVF recently collaborated with Google to host the first shoppable hangout on air along with Eva Chen, editor of Lucky Magazine.
In my former career as a fashion designer, I can recall crossing paths with Diane von Furstenberg on at least two occasions – both of which were when I was at print shows shopping for original prints from textile studios – Premiere Vision in Paris and Printsource in New York. I always looked to the London based studios for my prints and inspiration, because they were always the most colorful, innovative, and exciting, and apparently DVF thought the same. All I can say is that I’m glad we never got into a situation where we were fighting over the same prints – I can’t imagine the chaos that would have ensued!
Kravet Inc., established in 1918, is the industry leader in the to the trade home furnishings industry. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks, GP & J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils, all high end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design.
DVF for Kravet is available to the trade only. Should you have an interest in purchasing any of the items seen above or are in need interior design services in the Los Angeles area and beyond, please do not hesitate to contact me.