Historic fabrics furnishing a modern Swedish interior.
Text and photo: Laila Durán.
We often receive e-mail and letters from our customers with pictures of clothes and furnishing details made from Duran Textile historic textile collection. Receiving ideas for the uses of our fabrics are inspiring and brings us great joy. Sometimes we get unusual requests. One was when a customer wished to use the hand painted cotton RANKA pink for a new suit of sofa armchair and footstool. We made a special order and printed the design on a heavy canvas and had the details painted by hand. Here you can see the grandiose result.
The lounge suite covered in RANKA pink is placed in the bright lit living room where dark stained beams supports the ceiling. In the sofa is placed a fur blanket lined with the silk CELADON brown. Lofty doors facing the garden let the sun light in and the open stove gives the interior a snug appearance.
The serving plate in the same RANKA design was ordered to match the furniture. Similar plates and trays will be for sale on our homepage from 1st of May. In the window there are curtains in the printed silk SIPPA.
The Malmgren family, who visited our show-room several times, decided to use our historic fabrics for the furnishing of their new house. A local upholsterer dressed the inherited furniture: chairs, armchairs and a delicate sofa, in the silks FLORA, KONVALJ and VIOLA. A skilled seamstress made a lamp shade matching the KONVALJ-armchair. Curtains in printed silk SIPPA and LINNEA frame the high windows in the living room and the kitchen. In the bed room the curtains are made from the embroidered silk ROCOCO and plain dupion silk.
When all the furniture was in place we were invited to come and see the result. It is a great joy to see the fabrics we handle daily used in these high quality pieces of furniture in such a tasteful selection. Our thanks to the Malmgren family for allowing us to make these photos of their home which we hope will be an inspiration for our customers finding new ways to use our textiles.
In the garden room, lit by high windows and warmed by an open stove, is a stool covered in block printed cotton POPPY. There are also warming blankets and cushions made from the printed cotton design KULLA.
The Malmgren family, who are fond of interior design and gardening, are enjoying their open bright lit living room.
High french doors and windows on both sides of the living room makes a lovely airy atmosphere.
The old arm chair in the studio got a new covering in the silk FLORA. Silk damask was a widely used fabric for furnishing in the 18th century.
The small carved sofa, made in the beginning of the 20th century, was refurnished in the silk VIOLA. It is an impressing work of upholstery made by a local craftsman.
The armchair form the parents’ home and the shade of the standing lamp got a new character with the golden yellow silk KONVALJ and a cushion in printed cotton JUMPING DOG.
Curtains in block printed silk Linnea blue are hanging in the kitchen. The curtains are lined with plain white silk and the tie-backs have a matching blue binding.
In the kitchen the chairs have seats and cushions in the printed cotton KULLA blue.