Maple Key Design

19.10.2012 § Leave a comment

I designed a maple key pattern about ten years ago, but it was not successful as a fabric and I never introduced it. I am making the attempt again and making some studies. Maybe it will become a Brentano fabric design one day.

Maple Keys on Tree Stumps « Read the rest of this entry »

Story of the Color Sky

29.06.2012 § Leave a comment

Color Page from Japanese-English Dictionary

The light blue is “Sky.”

One of the subconscious reasons I started to study Japanese was to be able to read Japanese textile-related articles. The Japanese people’s ability to maintain a catalogue of their traditional color names throughout history with actual colors samples is most amazing to me. I brought back five of these kinds of books with me from Japan. My fever of studying color names was reignited when I purchased a Japanese-English dictionary last year at the Mizuwa Marketplace bookstore in Arlington Heights. At the front, there are about five pages of color blocks with name identifications. I was in awe to see that a common little dictionary would have such a professional level of color work. « Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Time for Primary Colors

07.05.2012 § Leave a comment

Color trend forecasting is half statistics and half instinct, especially before the statistics start to point in a specific direction. I might be looking too far ahead, but I know that the public is in the mood for primary colors. Clear, down-to-earth, not pretentious or devious, primary colors are classics yet give a sense of contemporariness. We are showing primary colors in the 2012 HD Show and will be featuring them in the fall 2012 Gallery collection. All interior designers should have the pleasure of working with primary colors during their careers, and I am happy to produce products to fulfill this need.

Primary Colors of Zinnia

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Natural Inspiration

05.04.2012 § 2 Comments

Stamens and tree bark are fascinating. I’ve got to figure out a way to make these patterns into fabrics.

close up of flower blossom « Read the rest of this entry »


22.12.2011 § 1 Comment

I have not paid any attention in English literature, but I surely know a few Chinese novelists who described colors with inspiring insight. The words and objects they use to describe (and mentally simulate) colors create aesthetic tension. For instance, Eileen Chang, one of the greatest modern short novelists in Chinese literature, depicted a metal window frame color in an old Hong Kong mansion as “chicken fat yellow.” I assume it is a rich cream color. The fact that she used an unorthodox way to describe a color left a deep impression on me. « Read the rest of this entry »

Brentano Color Forecast

02.12.2011 § Leave a comment

Marine - Paper White - Sprout - Graphite - Tangerine - Linen

Brentano Designer Aaron Mensik has great color sense, so we tend to rely on him as our colorist in the design studio. Usually before he starts to color a pattern, we will talk about how and where the fabric will be used and what kind of color it should have. For instance, if the fabric is to be used in a vertical application, we tend to want colors that are clear and soft. We might not produce any dark colors at all. There are also differences for residential and hospitality, healthcare, etc., fabrics. « Read the rest of this entry »

Sportswear Exhibition

07.09.2011 § Leave a comment

After the Alexander McQueen show, I stayed one more day in New York.  I had never visited the Fashion Institute of Technology, so I did.  Their museum was featuring a sportswear show called ‘Sporting Life.’  The first piece on the left at the entrance of the exhibit was my favorite.  Fashions always came late to Korea, and I remember wearing those balloon pants in gym class.  They were a short version like the sketch on the right but with a white shirt without a sailor collar or ties … a faint memory of the old days. « Read the rest of this entry »

Alexander McQueen ~ 5 of 5

30.08.2011 § 1 Comment

Padded Hips
I think women want to emulate Audrey Hepburn, but men prefer women like Elizabeth Taylor. It is all about the sensuality. « Read the rest of this entry »

Alexander McQueen ~ 4 of 5

30.08.2011 § Leave a comment

Widows of Culloden

Alexander McQueen's Widows of Culloden
Dress, Windows of Culloden
Autumn/Winter 2006-7
ivory silk organza and tulle

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Alexander McQueen ~ 3 of 5

23.08.2011 § Leave a comment

Kick-Back Trouser
These trousers make me think of the Futurist movement. Such as Umberto Boccioni’s sculpture. « Read the rest of this entry »

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