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Amy Lau Collaborates with S. Harris for Bold New Collection
Aug 7, 2009

This fall S. Harris launches its eagerly anticipated collaboration with award-winning New York interior designer and decorative arts curator Amy Lau. The cutting-edge Amy Lau for S. Harris collection translates her energy and unique influences into an exclusive range of contemporary prints, embroideries and wovens for inspired interiors. The designs are a fitting follow-up to the company’s blockbuster Isaac Mizrahi collection, which debuted in 2007. Amy’s own talent for filtering influences through the lens of modernism appeals to a large and growing group of professionals in residential design and in hospitality design. “We are honored that Amy has shared her vision with us,” says David Klaristenfeld, vice president of S. Harris. “Her cool designs are incredibly distinctive; broadening the brand and cementing it as an exciting new resource for the contemporary design community.” Her collection is informed by fashion, Nature and abstraction. Gradations of warm and cool grey join vibrant orange, illuminating fuchsia and electrifying green and blue to create a unique group of fabrics suited for upholstery, curtains and accessories. “My love for Op Art and Color Field movements helped to inspire our energetic color palette bursting with watercolor brights,” Amy notes. “Punch up a stark interior with the bold colors.” The fabrics combine their expressive color with soft, organic shapes and textures—giving designers a chance to rediscover the artistry of graphic prints. Amy found inspiration for her dynamic Landscape Stripe pattern from painter Morris Louis. In his work, Louis eliminated broad brushstrokes in favor of smooth swathes of fluid paint. Her take has bands of pure color racing across an unprinted ground. American Expressionist paintings from the likes of Mark Rothko and Kenneth Noland shaped other designs, though Amy’s own fascination with geometry is also strongly reflected through the circles, squares and rectangles of differing sizes. Waterblocks—perhaps her favorite pattern —features overlapping, stacked rectangles with modulations of color that complement the group’s coordinating textured fabrics. “For a new take on contemporary, you can layer the graphic fabrics with their prints of varying scales,” Amy adds. “Finish a room with lush draperies, throw pillows or perhaps even cloak a whole sofa in one of the coordinating chenilles for an effortless look both cozy and contemporary.” Amy Lau for S. Harris is exclusively available only in S. Harris / Fabricut Showrooms worldwide.

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