Design Library is one of the world’s most extensive archives of sumptuous decorative patterns, with an incredible heritage of antique, vintage, modern and contemporary textile designs collections.
Design Library is located in the Hudson River Valley about 75 miles of Manhattan. The most valuable thing? It contains around seven million textile and pattern samples spanning 300 years. This stunning collection goes from fabrics used for clothing and home furnishings, to peculiar categories, like wrapping paper.
All creatives seeking for inspiration can purchase or license the designs from its holdings of historic fabrics and patterns, which they then often modify for modern uses. Tom Ford, Nike, Calvin Klein are some of the clients that already purchase for clothes collection or even home textiles collections. “We never give a design to two people at the same time,” said Peter Koepke, Design Library’s owner.
Recently, the company launched a new publication of Patterns: Inside the Design Library (Phaidon) giving a wonderful compilation of the best fabrics and textiles collection. “Most people aren’t aware that the patterns they are wearing came from someplace in history,” adds Koepke, who decided to publsh this book to inspire public about design and also to highlight the unique nature of Design Library and its way of doing business.
Koepke wrote an introduction detailing his unusually large holdings — from 18th-century paper impressions by the French firm Oberkampf et Cie (one of the first modern print works) to 20th-century fashion collections from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga.
Founded by Susan Meller, the author of the famous book of 1991 Abram’s Textile Designs, a reference for design industry, and her late husband, Herb, the Design Library turns 44 this year.
Many brands have been establishing their collections thru textile exploration for home decor, searching for striking and high quality textures and materials to curate homes. Stunning combinations are trending in the design world and Casamance and Koket are just two good examples, one only focus on textiles and fabrics collections, Koket also combines with with the upholstered design pieces. Are feeling inspired by these gorgeous pattern fabrics?
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