Day 3 of Blogfest 2012 started with a tour of the Kravet studios in the Flatiron District.
We were divided into small groups and taken around the all the different departments that make up the Kravet, Lee Jofa, and Brunschwig and Fils studios. Our group's tour guide was Ellen Kravet, which was a real treat.
A sneak peek at Kravet's upcoming fabric line inspired by Native American patterns and colors.
This is the CAD? department (I forget the specific names), but it's where the fabrics are digitally manipulated and tweaked until achieving the perfect color combinations. It was very cool to see.
Tony runs the studio with his wife. Here he is showing us some custom projects they have done recently. This fabric was designed for the First Lady's Luncheon (Kravet has been doing it for years) and it featured images of the different chandeliers found in rooms of the White House.
Vinyl for a headboard...
And some Disney designs.
This was also for Disney. It was so interesting to learn how they went from an idea, to pencil drawings, to color, and finally producing the fabric.
Here's another example, also from Disney. Pencil drawing on paper (above)...
Pencil drawing on fabric...
And finally, the fabric in color. This was actually a bedspread.
At the Lee Jofa studio, Ralph Lauren division.
Ralph Lauren fabrics.
Trimmings! I loved how Ellen asked each department head how long they'd been working with them and most of them answered above 15 years! Kravet must be a great place to work!
Some fabrics are still printed using old handmade methods like this one. Very cool!
Kelly Wearstler's line (above and below). Unique and gorgeous just like her designs!
After the studio tour, we all headed to the Museum of the City of New York, where we had lunch sponsored by NY Spaces magazine and took part in a couple of panels. First, Benjamin Moore presents Color Pulse 2013 (on which I'll write a separate post with the upcoming color trends), followed by Interiors magazine's Insider panel hosted by editor Michael Wollaeger. The guest speakers were designer Miles Redd, blogger and former editor Marisa Marcantonio, and photographer Peter Aaron.
The day ended with a raffle of some amazing stuff to benefit DIFFA... And New York Spaces magazine held a raffle of their own, randomly choosing 5 bloggers to guest blog for them and I was one of them!! It was so exciting to hear designer Anthony Baratta call out my name! Here I am with three of the other winners (from left to right): Me, Elizabeth Ethridge McGann, Denise McGaha, and Kelly Kole.
And that was Blogfest 2012! Needless to say, this was a major adventure for me. I got to meet some great people, reconnect with the design world, and have such a fun time! Already looking forward to Blogfest 2013!
photos: Ana Elizabeth Hermida/ last photo: courtesy Blogfest 2012
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