Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Designer Fabrics with Roots in Richmond

Yesterday, I had the privilege to meet with Dana Gibson and view her new licensed fabric and wallpaper collection through Stroheim. I can't wait to use her bright, fresh designs in my clients' homes.

Dana is a Richmond artist known for her pottery, home accessories and designer pillows. At the 2012 NY Gift Show, Jeannette Chen, Stroheim's creative director stumbled upon Dana's booth and immediately realized Dana's fresh style was just the thing Stroheim had been looking to incorporate into its line of fabrics and wall coverings. After a two year collaboration, the Dana Gibson Collection through Stroheim was unveiled earlier this year. There are thirteen new patterns in multiple colorways that all beautifully coordinate.

Her style is vibrant and current. Dana says her designs reflect hopefulness and beauty. The patterns are presented in strong colors but each is tempered slightly with gray so they work beautifully with other saturated as well as grayed colors in a room.

The Gibson family has rich roots in design. Dana's great grandfather, artist Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944,) created the Gibson Girl who personified strong beautiful American women. Nancy Astor, the American-born English politician and first lady of Parliament and Nancy Lancaster, the creator of the English Country Style are relatives as well.

Dana's background in literature influences her designs. She says each each pattern has strong narrative. Historical personalities and her Richmond roots have also influenced this Stoheim collection. There are patterns named after Sister Parish, Lester Lanin, and even the local Fan restaurant, Kuba Kuba.

~Kristine Gregory, designer Allied ASID
Bedeckers Interiors