Published on : Saturday, September 29, 2018
For more than 35 years, Joe Ruggiero has traveled the world in search of inspiration for his designs. The result is a collection of 100+ timeless, luxurious and high performance Sunbrella fabrics. Amid the variety of color, texture and pattern are the tried and true favorites among designers and homeowners. Ruggiero will showcase his most popular, in-demand designs in a series of vignettes at the MT Company showroom during High Point Market, from April 14 to 18.
Ruggiero’s passion for fashion is found in several menswear-inspired patterns. Grounding the first vignette is Hartley II Smoke, a clean pinstripe in a handsome smoky gray reminiscent of worsted wool. Ruggiero mixes muted color into this masculine space with accents of heavy-textured Blend Lagoon.
Ruggiero says, “Hartley II Smoke is one of my favorite fabrics because of its texture. It’s just incredible that Sunbrella’s weaving technology has become so advanced that they are able to recreate the feeling of worsted wool, yet the fabric still has the performance expected from Sunbrella.”
Lightening the palette, Ruggiero’s next vignette features 17 shades of gray, off-white and taupe. Two sofas in Tailored Shade, a super soft chenille, set the stage for Germaine Silk and Luke Dove decorative pillows. Continuing the soft hand, cashmere-like fabric Romy Plaid Taupe is featured on two chairs for a classic aesthetic.
Ever-popular Huntsman Salt epitomizes the importance of performance in a bright white colorway that will stay beautiful for years to come with Sunbrella’s stain-resistant qualities. Ruggiero plays with pattern in this vignette featuring zebra design Chapman Flax and geometric design Fremont Dove.
Drapery in Sensational Parchment has a subtle herringbone pattern that elevates the sophistication of Ruggiero’s entry hall vignette, while Romy Plaid Blush is featured again in a lighter, more delicate colorway.
In the final vignette, gray neutrals continue to dominate as Ruggiero showcases Whetherfield Putty, a warm solid gray, on an upholstered sofa adorned with pillows in Pebbles Oyster with Greek key Sunbrella decorative tape from Phoenix Trim Works. Chairs in McHenry Multi, a unique stripe in shades of beige, gray and off-white, are accented with pillows in subtly textured Trax Cadet.
Ruggiero says “What I love about this High Point display is that it tells the story of what fabrics people are actually using in their homes versus the current hot trend that may or may not sustain. Neutrals are more popular than ever right now—especially gray and off-white—and with Sunbrella you not only get soft, beautiful décor, you get the peace of mind that your upholstery is stain resistant and bleach cleanable too.”
The vignettes will be on display from April 14 to 18 in the MT Company showroom, located on the second floor of 311 N. Hamilton Street in High Point.