Patio & Hearth Products Report
September 11 at 7:52pm ·
Island Lifestyle Influences Joe Ruggiero’s Sunbrella® Fabrics Collection
Tropical ambience has inspired home décor authority Joe Ruggiero in the creation of his new Sunbrella® fabrics collection–“Island Style”–set for introduction through The MT Company (formerly Miles Talbott Furniture) during the International Furniture Market in High Point.
“I was in Maui for my son’s wedding and the colors throughout the island really caught my attention,” Ruggiero said. “Hot pink and berry tones in flora and women’s textiles, the pairing of pure white in the sand and ocean blues for a classic look–these color combinations work together to bring a sense of the tropics to the home.”
A color pop expressive of island flora, pink is a striking color for interiors as well. Delhi II Berry features large-scale, floating paisleys with a hand-embroidered look in a tropical color. This fabric in The MT Company showroom complements existing fabric Espadrille Raspberry, a simple, ticking stripe.
The combination of white and blue is a true island classic. The geometric design of Savvy Indigo draws its roots from the Polynesian Kapa, a cloth primarily used for clothing. Reminiscent of rain drops – a regular sight on the island – Agra Indigo was inspired by a Malaysian ikat dyeing technique in which fabric is tie-dyed and then woven into the design.
Tailored Indigo features a subtle play of blue and white that brings to mind the seas surrounding the islands. Its hand reflects the feel of hand-woven textures that are popular in island textiles. Tying the color story together with a fresh approach is classic ticking stripe Espadrille II Mariner.
Ruggiero adds sophistication to his island collection with the pairing of black and white. The combination of the classic colors with the warm tropical hues is ideal for urban homes such as sophisticated loft spaces that still require the soft hand and durability provided by Sunbrella fabrics.
The Malaysian ikat-inspired Agra Classic elevates this pattern from an island classic to an elegant, natural look. Paired with Savvy Black, the fabrics feature a neutral palette that is anything but boring. Tribal Black brings native-inspired symbols up to date for a more contemporary setting.
In addition to new fabrics and colorways, Ruggiero has a full collection of decorative tapes, cording and brush fringe available through The MT Company.
“My signature has always been comfortable, easy living interiors,” Ruggiero said. “The soft hand and stain- and fade-resistant qualities of Sunbrella play right into the island theme. The fabrics in my newest Sunbrella collection allow true island dwellers and those who are landlocked to enjoy the experience of tropical locales.”
Ruggiero will showcase “Island Style” during High Point Market October 17-22 in The MT Company showroom located on the second floor of 311 N. Hamilton Street in High Point.