It's almost TIME...
I am declaring May 2011 "Blogfest Month". All month long I will be highlighting the people, places, and companies that will be featured and participating in the event I am describing to others as: a Disneyland experience for design bloggers.
|Kravet, D & D Showroom|
Kravet/ Lee Jofa is sponsoring this event. Kravet is a privately held, muti-generational, global powerhouse. They are an industry leader that began with fabrics, while later incorporating furniture, trim, wall covering, carpet, and accessories. Anyone who is even casually aware of the goings on in the design industry is familiar with the Kravet name.
Kravet/Lee Jofa collaborates with notable designers who license their designs for distribution through Kravet. Barbara Barry, Thom Filicia, Candice Olson, Barclay Buttera, Alexa Hampton, and Windsor Smith, to name a few.
Lee Jofa is considered a bit hipper and more fashion forward than Kravet, with collections by Oscar de la Renta, Ashley & Allegra Hicks, Diamond & Baratta, Kelly Wearstler, and Eric Cohler, among others.
|Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa|
|Diamond and Baratta|
Kravet acquired the company GP & J Baker which has the distinction of having the largest archive of decorative textiles. It also holds a Royal Warrant. Any company that provides goods or services to a Royal household holds this distinction. That means their fabrics and wall coverings are gracing palaces all over the world. In fact, the purple velvet in the Queen's throne and crown is Kravet's!
|A Royal Interior|
The Kravet family has been quietly building an empire, even in a dismal economy. They recently acquired Brunschwig & Fils, The Rolls Royce of textile and furnishing houses.
|Charlotte Moss for B & F|
|Mario Buatta for B & F|
"We're not aggressive people, but we make aggressive moves," says Ellen Kravet. Innovation and social media are tools that Kravet really embraces. After all, it was the 1st fabric company to create an iPhone app.
Cole and Son is the only company producing hand made flock wall paper the traditional way, which is gaining favor once again. They also created a process by which beautiful silk wall covering could be imitated.
|Cole & Son paper. Victoria Klein via Country Living|
Additionally, under the umbrella of the Kravet empire is the Kravet contract line serving the hospitality trade, Kravet Green; recycled poly and eco-friendly, Soleil; durable indoor/outdoor fabrics and Kravet Smart; a high performance, well priced collection. Their motto is Reuse, Recycle, Redecorate. I couldn't agree more .
|G P & J Baker|
I am a HUGE fan of Kravet/Lee Jofa! Not only do they have beautiful fabrics that are well made and competitively priced, they have wonderful reps. Help is always just a click or phone call away. I can depend on them, and in this business that is getting harder to find. And I don't just talk the talk. This is my next project~ it is almost exclusively Lee Jofa.
It should also be noted that their furniture, carpet and lighting collection is all made in America!
As Martha would say, "that's a good thing."