• Cecile Corral

Kevin O’Brien moves into upholstery fabrics

Collection is woven in the USA

Kevin O’BrienPhiladelphia – Designer Kevin O’Brien has found a new medium for his fabric design.

Upholstery fabrics are his latest venture, and the collection launches this week at High Point Market, from his space at the Suites at Market Square.

As he explained to POSH, he developed a new line of fabrics that are specially woven in a facility outside Philadelphia in his signature looks but on sturdier constructions for upholstery purposes.

“The goal is to create the same feeling we get from my silk velvets,” he said. “But silk velvet is too delicate for the daily wear-and-tear a chair or ottoman takes.”

The line launches with eight to 10 patterns, each available in a few colorways, that mirror O’Brien’s most popular designs via woven velvet chenille and other fabrications.

That is not to say his silk velvets don’t play a role. These fabrics are added to upholstered furniture pieces as accents, around the back of an armchair or the lower rim or edge of an ottoman or footstool.

Cecile CorralCecile Corral | Senior Product Editor, Home Textiles Today

Cecile B. Corral has been a product editor with Home Textiles Today since late 2000. She covers the area and accent rug, kitchen textiles, table linens, beach towels, decorative bath and decorative pillow categories, as well as some retail subjects.

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