By RIO ROSE RIBAYA
As the original was published on 14 December 2017
Expensive paintings may hang on your walls. Designer pieces of furniture may fill up your rooms. But the thousands of dollar spent on the latest technologies and expensive accessories will all be for nought if high-end fabrics are missing in your lovely home.
Textile is the one thing you should never overlook when attempting to create a luxurious environment. Vibrant colours, rich patterns, and a gentle touch of natural fibres from hand-made cloths and fabrics are the important details that will make your nest posh or plush.
But buying that perfect pattern with the sumptuous feel in between your fingers had been as hard as finding an opulent style crystal chandeliers in Malaysia. Megat Sheriff, interior designer for actress and model Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor and her sister, used to have headaches to find these luxe details in textile shops in Kuala Lumpur.
“There are a lot of fabric shops in Malaysia, where you can find a lot of velvet and chiffon. But there are also a lot of textile don’t match my style, which is more towards neutral. I don’t play with loud prints that much. I like nude, pastel, cream, and other safe colours,” Megat told Lifestyle Asia.
“Before, I used to fly to Bangkok and Bali just to find these fabrics that I like in silk. They are rare in KL,” he continued, failing to hide his excitement when he shared how six months ago he discovered Tatum — a design studio that carries an extremely large collection of luxurious fabrics, wallpapers, furniture, lighting and home accessories and exclusively distribute them in Malaysia. “Now, I don’t need to go anywhere nor wait longer to get my fabrics.”
Just last week, Tatum added Jim Thompson to its long list of leading brands in fabrics, textiles, and innovative home materials. In an intimate launch, Tatum founder Gerardine Loggere made the heritage brand — known worldwide for its Thai silk — and its Home Furnishings line finally available for purchase in Kuala Lumpur for the first time.
As we fell in love with Jim Thompson’s latest collections Floriental and Saracen, we also browsed through Tatum’s impressively big library of leading brands in fabrics, textiles, and innovative home material and discovered 5 others that can luxe up your home in no time.
Tatum Kuala Lumpur is located at No. 12, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You may contact them at +603 2202 2253.
Jim Thompson was an American businessman and architect who lived in Thailand. He founded his company in 1947 at a time when traditional Thai craftsmanship of hand-weaved silk couldn’t face the competition from large factories producing cheap machinery-made fabrics. Now, the largest producer of hand-made silk in the world, his brand has also been heralded for its capabilities in creating home furnishings. It has established a global reach that had its silk and other durable textiles adorning the walls and furnitures of private residences, hotels, galleries, as well as private jets and yachtss in London, Munich, even Atlanta. A year after opening its Home Furnishings flagship store in Bangkok in 2016, the new Jim Thompson line has finally arrived in Kuala Lumpur to the glee of Malaysian interior designers.
This family-run textile company traces its history back in 1858 when Venice by Lorenzo Rubelli founded the brand at the height of Romanticism. It produces and marketing luxury fabrics for top-end furnishings, ranging from damask, brocade, velvet, and silk to lampas. Some of the fabrics are made using latest technology and computerized equipment while the rest are still completely hand-made on traditional looms. All textiles are produced from natural materials – linen, silk, cotton, sometimes mixed with high-quality synthetic fibers such as Novafil, Bemberg and Viscose. Now in its fifth generation, it maintains a name that is considered a leader in Italian leather manufacturing that enjoys a ranking high worldwide.
Since 2001, Lizzo has been drawing inspiration from the world’s most unique places. From Arabic patterns of Azahara to Spanish strokes of Goya, its collections transport us to different cultures and times. The Spanish textile editor is known to use vibrant colours and rich texture that stimulate human emotions. With its natural and elegant style, Lizzo has positioned itself to be among the best European textile editors with showrooms of London, Paris, Vienna, Brussels and Milan.
Elitis is an editor of creativity-based wall coverings, fabric and furniture company that’s based in France. Founded in 1988, it has produced about 136 colourful fabric collections that had all been inspired by fashion, film, photography, art, architecture and travel. Its 2017 collection features a wide array of style to suit homes with different style — from the stonewashed shades of Stucco plaster linen canvas to freehand-drawn prints of Giardano and border anglaise Amalfia to geometric patterns of Lontano— that will always remain personal.
Black Edition is one of the six design houses under Romo Group, a family-run business that manufactures exclusive furnishing and upholstery fabrics, wallcoverings and trimmings. In the last two years, it exclusively designs contemporary and elegant collections that are meant for the luxury interiors market. The design house made its own mark by blending sophisticated textures, innovative weaving techniques, and artisan effects with a visionary colour palette. It’s based in England with office in London, Germany, The Netherlands and United States.
Studioart is a young company finds its roots in a long tradition of leather processing. Founded in 1967, it has been crafting Italian leather wallpapers and coverings as well as fabrics that are often used to dress up pieces of furniture, even create cushions and pillows.