Quote of the Day ~ 9

05.04.2016 § Leave a comment

“Traveling a million miles is greater than studying for ten years.”

In traditional Chinese culture the importance of experience is of greater value than any other form of education.

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A True Cornerstone

04.02.2016 § Leave a comment

The spring 2016 Cornerstone collection, originally named to follow our 25th anniversary, turned out to have much more significance.  The past fiscal year our business grew in great strides while we continuously create a name for ourselves in the industry. The moral of the entire company is unfolding a promising future in both business strategy and performance.

For the first time in Brentano’s history we are introducing a catalog of our new fabric Gem, showcasing all 39 designer colorways.  Gem is a velvet I am particularly proud of in the spring collection; proud of its luxurious colors, wonderful qualities and reasonable price point. Brentano - Gem 4250Gem 4250

Alongside Gem, the Cornerstone collection holds a wide variety of unique fabrics. The assortment includes several sophisticated techniques (Intaglio and Jasper), many bright playful patterns (Keys and Tombolo), extraordinarily colorful stripes (Regalia), and an indescribable embroidered drapery (Willow). The variety of textiles within the collection demonstrates our continuous dedication to producing products that inspire our clients’ creativity and imagination.

We have vowed in our design studio, not only to be the best at creating color, we challenge ourselves to lead the industry in design, both in textile technology and surface design.

Brentano_Ambrosia 3005

Ambrosia 3005

Brentano - Willow-Porcelain 4266-01

Willow 4266

Brentano Keys-Largo 1202-10, Element-Flame 1200-05, Tombolo-Nissi Beach 8135-03

Keys 1202 & Tombolo 8135

Brentano Nova-Cygnus 4566-02, Equinox-Pegasus 4560-02

Nova 4566

Brentano Zigrino-Whiptail 3007-05

Zigrino 3007

 

Equinox – Inspirations and Influences

19.11.2015 § Leave a comment

In the year 2008 I visited The Baccarat Museum in Paris, France. The museum was absolutely spectacular. Among the many crystals displayed inside, my attention gravitated towards an exhibit of exceptional glass bottles. Drawn to the evident cubist influence, each bottle was created with an intricate shape made from non-symmetrical facets.

After my visit, my mind was occupied with the idea of facets. I soon realized that my fixation began long ago.   One particular recollection was about a contemporary ceramic artist I had met early in my career. His work consisted of modern tables created to look like folded paper. As a young, new entrepreneur, I was unable to afford the beautiful work of art I so desperately admired. I often find myself wondering what became of him and his work. My encounter with the ceramicist, among other experiences, collectively inspired my growing geometrical interest.

My original intention with Equinox was to create an asymmetrical tessellation of facets contradicted by the symmetrical repeat. My fascination with astronomy, stars, the Milky Way, and the indefiniteness of space paired with my curiosity with facets helped push my creative process for Equinox. The concept called for a textile with large repetitive facets surrounded by a star inspired design. Once the design was complete I was humbled by the success and overwhelming positive response. Moving forward into the next collection, I have been working on creating Equinox with a smaller repeat to offer a wide variety to designers.

Equinox_Drawings and InspirationsOriginal Drawings and Inspirations

Brentano - Equinox 4560 copyEquinox – Sagittarius

Shadows at Brentano

08.10.2015 § Leave a comment

The days are growing shorter now during the fall season. Late last week when I left the design studio at Brentano, the office was quiet and empty. As I was leaving I noticed the sunlight trickling through the blinds, scattering the office with shadows. The light that poured in created intricate patterns that interacted organically with the building’s interior. I immediately grabbed my camera and began to record the shadows that graced the furniture with momentary design. It was beautiful to witness the fleeting sunlight change and alter with time.

Quote of the Day ~ 8

16.09.2015 § Leave a comment

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.”

– Pablo Picasso

Lotus Seeds – South of the Yangtze River

10.09.2015 § Leave a comment

The Yangtze River divides China into two regions, North and South. The river is the third longest waterway in the world and the lengthiest river to run entirely within one country. The population north of the river consumes mostly wheat products such as noodles, breads and rice.  While traveling through a southern city in China, I visited a local fruit shop. Within the supermarket, I came across lotus pods filled with seeds.  I decided to try the seeds, raw of course, and they were delicious!  My friend, who I was traveling with and a native to the area said, “Poor thing, you have never tried fresh lotus seeds!”

Lotus plants are indigenous to China in the south and wherever there is a pond, usually there are lotus flowers to be found. The plant blooms beautifully in the summer and is still alive and thriving in the fall when all other plants are fading.

Iris with Lotus

Quote of the Day ~ 7

08.09.2015 § Leave a comment

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