Q&A

Tex­tile de­signer Thomas Paul shares his tips on work­ing with his­to­ryin­spired fab­ric mo­tifs.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - BY KATHRYN DRURY WAG­NER

THOMAS PAUL IS KNOWN FOR US­ING CLASSIC MO­TIFS IN HIS DE­SIGNS, WHILE GIV­ING THEM A BOLD, ECLEC­TIC FEEL. HIS LAT­EST COL­LEC­TION OF FAB­RICS FOR DURALEE,

Thomas­paul Prints Vol. III, fea­tures a tan­ta­liz­ing ar­ray of sea life, all-amer­i­can color palettes and flo­ral and botan­i­cal themes, mak­ing it ideal for use in flea-mar­ket in­te­ri­ors. We asked the de­signer to share his tips for work­ing with state­ment-mak­ing fab­rics.

FLEA MAR­KET DÉ­COR: HOW DO YOU RE­SEARCH THE VAR­I­OUS PE­RI­ODS IN TEX­TILE DE­SIGN?

THOMAS PAUL: I’m not a stick­ler for his­tor­i­cal ac­cu­racy, so I don’t re­ally do re­search in an aca­demic way. For me it’s more about a feel­ing or a mood and rein­ter­pret­ing that in a way that feels new and dif­fer­ent. It can be from a lot of sources: mu­sic, an ex­hi­bi­tion or a place.

And flea mar­kets!

I do go to flea mar­kets. Usu­ally not with a spe­cific idea, be­cause you never find what you are look­ing for at a flea mar­ket if you go with a spe­cific goal. But you will find some­thing that you didn’t know you were look­ing for un­til you see it! Some­times I will go to a print dealer who I like if I am look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar mo­tif, though usu­ally I end up buy­ing some­thing from her for my­self and not finding what I need for the de­sign.

DURALEE’S THOMAS­PAUL Vol. III new pat­terns in­clude “Vine­yard,” with largescale sea crea­tures; “Pap­pa­galli” and “Trop­i­calia,” which up­date iconic avian themes with the ad­di­tion of flo­ral and botanic mo­tifs; and sleek “Spec­trum,” rem­i­nis­cent of min­i­mal­ism.

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