Collection Preview: A Stiller Life for Rubelli 2014

Stylesight attended the London preview of Venetian silk manufacturer Rubelli’s new 2014 fabric collection, titled “A Stiller Life”. Over coffee and pastries we were shown through the fabrics and talked about the inspiration behind the collection.

The theme invokes a return to a stiller life, in which time is taken to appreciate simple everyday pleasures. This concept also drives the collection designs, where “the simple positioning of contrasting, everyday items creates a beautiful aesthetic so that the home becomes a thoughtful curated space.”

Collection materials derive from classics in the Rubelli archives that have been updated and modernized through contrasts of color and texture, and unexpected tactile and visual combinations. Motifs range from floral to geometric, skillfully and beautifully combining art history with practicality. The collection also features the first sheer fabric with a print to be created by Rubelli called “Morphise,” and is a welcome addition to the collection.

As Rubelli states, “An abstract look and feel is woven within the collection, revitalizing rich materials to create the ultimate modernist luxury – an inner, stiller life.”

The key prints that really caught our eye included:

– “Dripping” – A move on from animal print designs.

– “Bloody Mary” – A reinterpretation of the traditional stripe effect on fabrics, reminiscent of traditional Japanese Shibori dyeing techniques.

– “Kiki” – A reworking of  a 1930s geometric print onto jacquard velvet.

– “Lady Hamilton” – This elegant design (typical of the first half of the eighteenth century) has been modernized through interwoven, metallic yarns, for a stunning effect.

– “Madame Du Barry” – This design, in particular, embodies the marriage between historical references and contemporary lines. A rich lampas attributed to famed textile designer Philippe de Lasalle from the eighteenth century, this elegant style was recently used to upholster armchairs by innovative furniture manufacturer Moroso, for the exhibition Lo Sguardo at the Musée des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif in Lyon. The result is stunning – a traditional pattern that appears very modern when decontextualized.

The “A Stiller Life” collection will soon be available via Rubelli’s website. – Effie Reeve

Images by Rubelli and Pernilla Lofberg

Rubelli and Moroso

Madame Du Barry fabric

Lady Hamilton – Sagredo fabrics

Bloody Mary – Morphise fabrics

Vague fabrics

Dripping Lacca – Kiki fabrics

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