Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chic in LA: Kathryn Ireland and Ferrick Mason

The first stop for our day of design in LA was the chic showroom of Kathryn Ireland where textile designer Brian Ferrick of Ferrick Mason joined us. It was a kaleidoscope of colorful prints and patterns. It seemed like everyone in LA was on the move and Kathryn was no exception. She recently opened this showroom on Almont Yard in West Hollywood in the space that used to belong to Peter Dunham.

I love how most all the showrooms in LA display their fabrics from peg racks. The larger samples can be removed, moved, borrowed and washed. Made me wonder if the fabrics in New York are ever washed!

Kathryn was super sweet in person and was excited to talk about her new fabric and wallpaper designs. These Indian print fabrics have become her signature and very popular in sunny LA.

Many of the items in the showroom were picked up along her travels and are for sale. It would be best to call ahead to make an appointment but they do get pop in visitors from time to time.

I have to find out again who makes the china but the linocuts are by Kathryn's friend, the artist Hugo Guinness. The Brits stick together!

We had the pleasure of meeting textile designer Brian Ferrick of Ferrick Mason at Kathryn's showroom. Above are just a few of the fabrics he produces with his business partner Alex Mason. Brian worked with Kathryn on her line and also helped interior designer Michael Smith create his Jasper line of fabrics. I wanted to get a photo of Brian but duty called in the form of a client and clients trump all else!

The showroom is located on the second floor and covers both halves of the building in Almont Yard. It used to be an apartment so Kathryn has converted it's closets into beautiful display areas for her pillows and quilts among other things.

On this side of the showroom, you can see more of Kathryn's extensive fabric collection and her new wallpaper.

The silver glasses from Mexico on the nightstand are also for sale. I love when showrooms look like real homes so you can picture how something would look in your own home or that of a client.

I felt like a kid in a candy store with all the wonderful fabrics and accessories on display!

Not sure if this was a closet or a back entrance but it housed a cute little settee and more treasures!

I love how Kathryn Ireland layers patterns and colors that somehow all work.

On the side shelves in this little room were more fabrics, beautiful lampshades, and more Hugo Guinness prints. You have to peak your head in to see them so I love that they styled this area as well as the rest of the showroom.

Tacked to the board are samples from Kathryn's fabric collections. Below is the entry from Almont Yard that keeps the dog inside but I breeze blowing through the space. I think I would be very happy to come to work if my office and showroom looked this cute! It's a good thing we had a schedule to keep the day we stopped by because Maison21 and I both exclaimed after the visit that we could have stayed all day!

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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