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