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Island Lifestyle Influences Joe Ruggiero’s Sunbrella® Fabrics Collection

Meredith Joie

Meredith Joie

Warm sunshine paired with a cool, island breeze and tranquil waters. Pure white sand and lush, colorful landscapes. This tropical ambience inspired home décor authority Joe Ruggiero in the creation of his new Sunbrella® fabrics collection–“Island Style”–set for introduction through The MT Company (formerly Miles Talbott Furniture) during the International Furniture Market in High Point.

“I was in Maui for my son’s wedding and the colors throughout the island really caught my attention,” Ruggiero said. “Hot pink and berry tones in flora and women’s textiles, the pairing of pure white in the sand and ocean blues for a classic look–these color combinations work together to bring a sense of the tropics to the home.”

A color pop expressive of island flora, pink is a striking color for interiors as well. Delhi II Berry features large-scale, floating paisleys with a hand-embroidered look in a tropical color. This fabric in The MT Company showroom complements existing fabric Espadrille Raspberry, a simple, ticking stripe.

The combination of white and blue is a true island classic. The geometric design of Savvy Indigo draws its roots from the Polynesian Kapa, a cloth primarily used for clothing. Reminiscent of rain drops – a regular sight on the island – Agra Indigo was inspired by a Malaysian ikat dyeing technique in which fabric is tie-dyed and then woven into the design. Tailored Indigo features a subtle play of blue and white that brings to mind the seas surrounding the islands. Its hand reflects the feel of handwoven textures that are popular in island textiles. Tying the color story together with a fresh approach is classic ticking stripe Espadrille II Mariner.

Meredith Philippe

Meredith Philippe

Ruggiero adds sophistication to his island collection with the pairing of black and white. The combination of the classic colors with the warm tropical hues is ideal for urban homes such as sophisticated loft spaces that still require the soft hand and durability provided by Sunbrella fabrics.

The Malaysian ikat-inspired Agra Classic elevates this pattern from an island classic to an elegant, natural look. Paired with Savvy Black, the fabrics feature a neutral palette that is anything but boring. Tribal Black brings native-inspired symbols up to date for a more contemporary setting.

In addition to new fabrics and colorways, Ruggiero has a full collection of decorative tapes, cording and brush fringe available through The MT Company.

“My signature has always been comfortable, easy living interiors,” Ruggiero said. “The soft hand and stain- and fade-resistant qualities of Sunbrella play right into the island theme. The fabrics in my newest Sunbrella collection allow true island dwellers and those who are landlocked to enjoy the experience of tropical locales.”

Maxfield Bergen Kelton

Maxfield Bergen Kelton

New this market for Miles Talbott/Joe Ruggiero upholstery compliments the “Island Style” theme:
The Kelton
Merging form and function into a beautifully scaled chair, Ruggiero has designed a swivel chair that offers supreme comfort. “ You sit into this chair not just on-it. The design was inspired by the modernist designs of the French Designer Jean-Michel Frank; clean lines with a contemporary twist. We have had requests for chairs that swivel. With many televisions mounted to the wall, consumers want a chair that can turn to conversation or to watch television.”

The New Joie Modular
Due to the great reception of the Joie Sofa last market, we introduce this new Joie modular group with all the pieces of true modular seating. This design is scaled properly for smaller spaces but has a distinctive look with graceful arms and loose pillow seats and backs. With a slightly higher back, this upholstery group creates a new look for Ruggiero’s modular groups already in the line. “I have always used modular pieces in the rooms I design; I like the flexibility of moving pieces around the room as needed or moving them together for the gathering of family and friends.”

The Leslie Chair
A Chair that is “at home” in many interior designs. An elegant wing chair with exquisite tufting that can be dressed for a formal room or be just as appropriate in a more casual setting. “I wanted a more formal chair that could move into many different settings whether casual or formal. I do not have many tufted designs in my line but this was created to be distinctive but like all of my pieces, extremely comfortable.”

Ruggiero will showcase “Island Style” during High Point Market October 17-22 in The MT Company showroom located on the second floor of 311 N. Hamilton Street in High Point.