In recent years we have seen an increase in the catwalks having a knock on effect on interior design trends. From bold graphic prints to pastel colours, designers all around the world wait with baited breath to see what high end fashion designers will include in their latest collections. Interiors designers and retailers will then work quickly to develop their own designs to incorporate these ‘new’ styles. However, the latest fashion trends seem to be creating a sense of déjà vu amongst the design community, none more so than the comeback of corduroy. This poses the question; should we, as designers, leave sleeping dogs lie?
Think of corduroy and you may be taken back to a period of your life when you made your worst fashion mistakes. Is this a period you would like to forget? Or was Corduroy so ahead of it times that it would be perfect for modern day life?
Corduroy is instantly associated with the swinging 60’s and 70’s however it has been used throughout history, as far back as ancient Egypt. It is strong and durable, making it perfect for outdoor wear. During the 20th Century it was associated with farm workers, due to its hardwearing properties. As corduroy can be made from different types of materials and fibres, it can be relatively cheap to produce; therefore making it perfect for clothing that may need regularly replacing. It made a comeback in the 90’s with the launch of stretch corduroy, aiming to please the more fashion conscious among us. However we have seen designers, such as Prada, revamping the material for their latest collection launches, hoping to bring a touch of class to the party.
So if this fashion trend follows the same formula as its predecessors will we see an increase in its use in interior design? I think the safe answer to this is yes. Corduroy is already a popular choice of fabric for sofas and armchairs; it’s cheap, durable and available in a wide range of colours, thus having the ability to fit within different styles of design schemes.
Furniture designers are already starting to apply the material to their contemporary designs and I have to say that I am slightly impressed with the results. In the right setting the material can look high-end and stylish. The chairs above look inviting and comfortable, and combined with an industrial feel add interest and a depth of textures.
So, with all this in mind will you be adding a little comfort to your surroundings? Will you ever suggest the use of the material to your clients? Prior to researching this fabric I would have said no to both however now, seeing what can be achieved, I would seriously consider it. I might even go out this weekend and buy myself a pair of cord trousers.
You’ll never know if it’s for you unless you try…
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