Velvet
Perhaps it’s the legacy of textile appreciation that my mother, Dee, instilled in me, or double win of irresistible tactility and sonorous name that draws me to this material. Velvet is one of those textures that begs to be touched, and though some people find the feel of it slightly off putting, I am one for high tactility in my interiors. It’s a totally unique material that has its root in the far east, another of the reasons I earmark it today, for my mother’s specialisation in Islamic textiles saw velvet raise its head in her studies and in her collections. Now velvet has found a subset of connotations of opulence and grandeur that make it an easy choice when hoping to amplify these qualities, which is one of the reasons it had to be included in my design for The Palisades – when you’re hoping for luxury, you have to go for the best. It’s impossible to see velvet and not reach out and touch it. Perhaps that’s just me, but I know for sure that it definitely elicits a response from people – which is central to my vision for everything I create. If it’s a small detail or the finished product as a whole, I design with the hope of evoking something within the beholder, and velvet is one of the many materials that can help.

The Alphabet Of Materials
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
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I is for…      J is for…
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M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
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Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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