Collaboration is stuff dreams are made of so; I count myself very lucky that I count Timothy Corrigan among my design acquaintances and have been able to work with him on several projects. He is an extraordinary designer and so is his new integrated collection for Schumacher and Patterson, Flynn and Martin.
As someone who is passionate about window treatments, I love the fact that Tim likes to start designing a room with the window.
“Most American designers start furnishing a room with a rug and then play matchy-matchy,” he continues. “When I furnish a room, I start with draperies, because that’s going to be the strongest vertical in the space. Then I’ll bring in the furniture and the art, and maybe at that point I’ll put in the carpets.” says Corrigan.
That also means fabrics are an important piece to the final design puzzle. So it is only natural, that Corrigan’s inaugural collection not only splits inspiration from his home in Los Angeles and chateau in France, but that the center piece of the integrated collection of furniture, rugs and trim is fabric. Uniting both locales is a lusciously lyrical palette that mixes lavender and green, rose and camel, blue and white—and doses of blush-pink.
Drawing on a diverse set of influences, cultures, and eras, Cap Ferrat combines disparate motifs–arabesques, trelliswork, pineapples–into one distinct pattern. My favorite pattern, I love its distinct French personality with a bit of a an Art Deco undertone and its soft palette and variations in tone. Printed on a linen-cotton blend, the design comes in three colorways with muted gradations that resemble a watercolor.
Pickfair Paisley marries the strong traditional shapes of the East into a lush floral, giving it wide appeal in a variety of spaces on a linen ground.
Tim’s aesthetic comes through in Chateau Silk Damask–a shimmering fabric that mixes the ornate damask motif with colorways that are easy to live with. The weave creates a puckered effect traditionally found in European hammered silks–perfect for dramatic, gently puddling curtains on floor-to-ceiling windows.
The obligatory animal print that seems to be needed in collections these days is made fresh and modern with Madeleine Velvet. Named for leopard-pattern aficionado Madeleine Castaing, Corrigan wanted to produce a coordinate with character. The small-scale fabric is an motif woven in a pragmatic material that will work nearly anywhere. The animal pattern has a soft hand with a pile that beautifully catches the light, providing for artful variation in colorways that are extremely versatile.
Check out Tim’s more of Tim’s collection including wallpaper, trim, furniture and rugs here.
Need some more inspiration? Tim’s’ book, An Invitation to Chateau Grand Luce is just the ticket!