Whether placing French velvet cushions on the settee or draping an Italian cashmere blanket across the back of a favorite reading chair, one element comes first to mind: texture.
While color and tone define the overall mood of a room, the true soft goods experience is characterized by the way a piece feels.
It is the difference between a bothered prickling of the skin when encountering rough burlap and the extended touch invited by a plush knit.
Designers that excel in this space, such as Maison de Vacances and Alonpi, understand this tenet deeply – their quest for sumptuous texture obvious throughout their home goods collections.
Maison de Vacances offers a selection of luxe textiles that cross between tightly woven linens, intricate jacquards, soft fleeces and smooth, shiny velvet.
Presented in a color wheel that ranges from neutrals and creams to jewel tones and pastels, designer Michèle Fouks and her team of French textile artisans have created versatile homegoods that can be layered to taste.
When arranged in a series of soft neutrals, these pillows and throws cultivate a serene atmosphere for the colder months – one that invites hot cups of tea, intimate conversations and long spells by the fire curled up with a good book.
Paired with the knit throws of Alonpi, a multi-generational textile atelier dedicated to the art of exquisite Italian cashmere, and the textural experience is complete.
A similar devotion to touch can be found within the work of Laurie Goldstein, an Israeli ceramicist known for her hand-painted stoneware – as seen in the finish of the glaze and the grit of the clay across her collection of graphic bowls, plates and serving trays.