Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sparkle & Shine: J. Robert Scott Textiles

SPARKLE & SHINE: J. ROBERT SCOTT TEXTILES -- Though home furnishings manufacturer J. Robert Scott first opened it doors on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood in 1972, it should come as no surprise to anyone that its founder Sally Sirkin Lewis came to the interior design industry by way of her love for haute couture, contemporary art and classical music (especially opera and its eternally reigning diva Maria Callas) for decades prior to the showroom's appearance on the L.A. design scene. For Lewis, it seems that all the arts are inseparable: inspiration from one aspect of the arts often inspires another -- and collections in both furniture and textiles are often born in manners least expected (for example, Lewis was inspired by the construction of a train trestle while traveling through the Japanese countryside which later was translated into the company's Exxus Side Table; and Asian calligraphy served to inspire the Altar Console).  The newest textile introductions shown here -- Silk Burlap, Silk Burlap Shimmer, Araby Metallics and Shimmer Faille -- offer a gentle sensation of all things glimmering with their touches of sparkle and shine in these silk/cotton/poly and Lurex blends in both subtle and rich earthen tones. Silk Burlap (two visually opposing words which can only come together in Lewis' unique vocabulary) is an open, loose weave with an almost gossamer quality to it -- showcasing her deft way of mixing materials and techniques.  With more than 150 U.S. design patents to her credit, Lewis has always operated with the philosophy of  "if it can be drawn, it can be made" -- and with the introduction of this new textile collection, one could easily say of Lewis that if it can be imagined, it can be woven.