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Update furniture with the biggest trend in upholstery, extreme texture

The Kirkby Design ‘Volume’ collection leads the charge in a new wave of textiles with extreme texture, from jumbo cord to quilting and bouclé

kirkby design textured upholstery fabrics
Kirkby Design

‘There’s always something fun about blowing up the scale of things,’ says Jordan Mould, creative director of Kirkby Design, ‘and we found it was no different with fabric.’ He’s discussing the brand’s standout new collection ‘Volume’, with its oversized, extreme textured weaves. A departure from the company’s usual graphic patterns, these pieces have a ‘visceral quality and explore technical details, making you want to touch every design.’

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The Volume Collection, Kirkby Design
Kirkby Design

The launch is a response to the recent appetite for touchable, fluffy furniture. Upholstery in snowy white bouclé – Pierre Frey’s ‘Louison’ bouclette being the perfect example – has been spotted in a number of boutique hotels. While new from Raf Simons for Kvadrat is ‘Argo 2’, a lustrously deep-pile fabric of glossy mohair that begs to be stroked, and comes in striking shades such as acid yellow, flamingo pink and a Cookie Monster blue.

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’Argo 2’ mohair fabric, £415 per metre, Raf Simons for Kvadrat. (kvadratrafsimons.com)
Kirkby Design

For Kirkby’s ‘Volume’ collection, Mould decided that ‘with such intense textures it was important to select colours that did not overpower the fabrics’. Hence the 11 designs are available in usable hues of pale pastels, Hunter green and versatile greys.

The talking points in the range are ‘Snug ’, a large quilted herringbone, the plush velvet ‘Jumbo Cord’,‘Roses’ featuring quilted, cushioned flowers, ‘Brush’, with the quality of a sheepskin coat and ‘Cricket’, a tribute to the classic sporting jumper, constructed from cotton yarns recycled from the fashion industry.

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Chair in ‘Roses’ quilted velvet in ‘Indigo’, £235 per m, Kirkby Design (kirkbydesign.com)
Kirkby Design

Who knows what the winter will bring in these unpredictable days, but luxuriously ‘extra’ textiles can certainly help cushion the blow. ‘Volume’ collection, from £125 per m kirkbydesign.com. ‘Louison’ bouclette, £547 per m pierrefrey.com.

More of the best new on-trend fabrics

These extreme textiles make a sensory statement in any home…

textured upholstery
‘Synergy Quilt Chevron’ wool-blend fabric in ‘Serendipity’, £67 per m, Camira (camirafabrics.com)
Kirkby Design
designers guild jumbo velvet cord
‘Corda’ cotton corduroy in ‘Ochre’, £55 per m, Designers Guild (designersguild.com)
Designers Guild
circles upholstery fabric
‘Clouds’ linen-mix fabric in ‘Celadon’ from the ‘Nuit d’Été’ collection, £125 per m, Camengo (camengo.com)
white boucle upholstery fabric
’Louison’ bouclette, £452 per metre, Pierre Frey. (pierrefrey.com)
Pierre Frey

This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration November 2020

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