From John Robshaw to Clodagh to Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Duralee has collaborated with a series of established and emerging designers to create signature product under the Duralee Designer line of licensed collections. With a clear mission to create fabrics that are not only aesthetically unique but also useable, Duralee Designers are chosen not just for their name, but for their ability to infuse their products with their personality.
It is with this in mind that Duralee is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Anne Foster and Suysel DePedro Cunningham of design firm Tilton Fenwick on their first licensed fabric collection, DURALEE DESIGNER: TILTON FENWICK. Known for their fresh and colorful perspective on traditional-minded interiors, Suysel and Anne have worked with the Duralee design team to create a line of fabrics that feature this sensibility and signature style.
“We were honored when the team at Duralee approached us at just under two years into opening our firm, ” Cunningham and Foster state, “overjoyed at the opportunity to collaborate with a company like Duralee, it was clear to us they are not only long-time industry leaders, but also looking to support and invest in the next generation of designers.”
Considering color paramount in their design process, their love for creating sophisticated yet distinctive combinations in their design projects has been reflected in their multi-colored three color-book collection of printed and woven textiles. Kicking off the collection is the Lipstick/Poppy color book, featuring a range of updated reds and pinks to deep plum. From Navy to Robin’s Egg to Turquoise, the Prussian/Sage color book highlights classic, easy-to-live with and universally-loved hues of blue. Finally, Cactus/Ochre takes on green and citrus in new, inventive ways as combinations of olive, lime and yellow mingle in the third book of the series.
In addition to creating thoughtful, beautiful designs, Tilton Fenwick and the Duralee design team worked to ensure that the fabrics of the DURALEE DESIGNER: TILTON FENWICK collection were – above all — versatile. Never ones to shy away from expressive pattern, Suysel and Anne included multi-layered elements in each design. “Our design goal is always uncovering hidden harmonies by merging, blending and layering unexpected colors, textures and patterns, ” Cunningham and Foster explain. This process is evident as stripes, florals and dots are combined to create unique designs that can be used in their dramatic whole or broken down for more detailed applications such as borders, panels and more.
Of their collection, Anne and Suysel state, “We used our decorating ‘wants’ to inform this collection that we hope will offer the DURALEE® customer the opportunity to create their own inspired spaces. We can’t wait to see how designers will mix and match the fabrics in the collection to create beautiful rooms of their own!”
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What is your favorite pattern from your collection & why? So difficult to pick just one! “Mallorca” is one we think greatly represents our collection and our decorating style, incorporating a rich variety of patterns and colors in just one print. We love the versatility of this fabric as well, with a border design that can also be used for trimming and other coordinating details in a room.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? We both started careers out of college in advertising but today if we weren’t designing at Tilton Fenwick, Suysel would be a hotelier in Tulum, Mexico and Anne would be a real estate broker.
What was your favorite part about working with Duralee on your collection?The collaboration with the design team was incredible. We had such synergy throughout the design process and looked forward to walking up to their studio (just a few blocks from our office!) for meetings. We learned so much from them about textile design and in addition to our working relationship we developed a true friendship with the whole team. We know our collection was only improved by this incredible collaboration.
If you were to pick a song as your anthem, what is it? “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child
If you were to collaborate with any fashion designer, who would it be? In addition to interiors, we have a similar fashion sense too! It would be a dream to collaborate with the Spanish fashion label del Pozo.
Where is the most inspiring place you’ve ever been? We love finding inspiration through travel. One of our most inspiring trips was to the Spanish island of Mallorca, where we stayed at an old military fortress turned hotel. There was such deep rooted history combined with today’s modern amenities. The architect did an incredible job and we were hard pressed to distinguish between where the old stopped and the new began. We have a fabric inspired by and named after this special trip – “Mallorca”of course!
If you could live on any movie set, which one would you pick? Petulia, a 1968 film by Richard Lester with set design by David Hicks.
What is the best advice you could give a new designer just starting out? Don’t be afraid to promote yourself! It takes great confidence and conviction to put yourself out on the front line and share your work with the world. Harness the power of social media and promote your talents!
If you had to choose any other designer to design your home, who would it be and why? Markham Roberts, Suysel’s mentor, is truly one of our design idols of today. Simply put, his work is impeccable.
What’s on your wish-list right now? Always on our list is a furniture piece by Tommi Parzinger. Outside of interiors, we both love jewelry by fellow NYC based designer, Paige Novick.