ABOUT THE SENSUOUS AND TACTILE ADVANTAGES OF LINEN FABRICS
The linen mood of the moment. About the summer need for sensuousness.
Linen is a noble and luxurious fabric. Smooth, with a natural shine, linen textiles are exceptionally organic and pleasant to the touch! This contradicts the old beliefs about linen fabrics which used to be associated with a rough, crumpled, unpleasant material that scratched the skin.
Thanks to modern processing of linen, which permanently softens its fibres and gives it a tactile and visual gentleness, these stereotypes are very different from today's reality. Modern linen is neither rough nor unpleasant, it is pleasingly soft and beautifully malleable. Depending on its weight, it may be ethereally airy, or quite the contrary: thick, fleshy, and splendidly flowy.
Modern technologies have made it possible to refine linen fabrics and create blends with other fibres such as cotton, wool, silk, viscose, polyester, and Lycra. The latter process turned out to be an effective way to soften fabrics as well as reduce the price of the product.
Various weaves and thread thicknesses in linen make it an extremely attractive material in the design of contemporary interiors. With appropriate weaving, softening and creasing, linen can be used both in minimalist and more traditional interiors, each time lending a touch of cleanliness, cosiness and naturalness.
Strong and durable linen with a thicker thread and denser weaving is superb as an upholstery fabric, as any signs of its wear and tear do not ruin, but rather add noble charm to the furniture. Easily drapable linen blends with thinner threads will be a great choice for virtually any interior when used in curtains, shades, semi-transparent panels, and natural, airy veils. Such a play with textures often turns out to be the most important element of the interior’s amicable ambience.
Lightweight and ethereal linens are an especially good match for summertime spaces, where we seek airiness and freshness. By contrast, denser linen curtains, falling heavily on the floor and blocking the light, provide shelter and thermal insulation during scorching hot days. Regardless of their function, linen window blinds give the interior a very sensuous character and create a mellow mood of summer mornings, days and evenings.
Looking at summer interiors, it is also impossible to underestimate the role of table linen. With its naturalness and freshness, it makes even the most modest table look festive and helps to create a magical atmosphere. A summer set of tablecloths, runners or napkins will prove useful in any home, accompanying its residents all year round for many years.
We cannot even imagine kitchen equipment without exceptionally hygroscopic linen cloths and towels, which are easy to use and maintain. Their natural, always fresh appearance also contributes to creating a pro-ecological and health-promoting atmosphere in the kitchen and dining space of the house.
In the bedroom, during hot summer nights, softened linen will bring relief and pleasant cooling due to its thermoregulatory properties and extraordinary breathability. Fresh, sensuously creased linen cushions, blankets or airy curtains will revive the look of a room and endow it with aesthetic calm, as well as soothe the senses.
Less is more – or minimalism loves linen
There is a reason why designers and architects love linen. It perfectly complements and adorns any space, without over-decorating it, interfering with the geometry of the divisions, or disturbing the lines and purity of the architectural forms.
Created to function in a simple world, the fabric feels equally at home in tenement enfilades and in the open-plan, spacious modern penthouses or suburban villas. Linen does crease, but it does so beautifully. This casual, naturalness of linen is its major attribute, allowing for using and displaying its assets in an almost empty space. Another advantage of linen is its natural, muted, soft colour palette.
Minimalist, modern interiors love white in contrast to black or the natural colour of wood, and linen shades perfectly complement these hues. Architecture “clad” in linen looks exquisite and ages beautifully. No wonder that this natural fabric is used by the best companies and designers who care about design quality and have great respect for the nobility and simplicity of the materials used.
Linen naturally conveys calm. It is a quiet, yet a very significant player on the design scene. It perfectly harmonises with the emptiness of space, perspective, air and light, which complement it, set it in motion and enrich it with light and shade. It is unobtrusive, does not overwhelm with a frenzy of colours and patterns, although it can also assume this image in the form of colourful, printed fabrics. By nature, it is as modest as it is noble. It looks good as a single sheet, as well as voluminous drapes and curtains.
Linen forms a perfect background for an exhibition, but it also loves beautiful backgrounds of greenery outside the window, plaster or concrete walls, and wooden or stone floors. Linen is ranked as one of the noblest materials used in interior design. It can be just as appealing in sophisticated, high-quality designs as in simple, everyday applications.
Fabrics from the Dekoma collection featured in the session:
Livia is a transparent, plain fabric, which combines all the advantages of polyester with the natural appearance of linen. Its light, delicate structure makes it a great choice for window decorations. Available in a wide range of colours: from natural safari colours to vibrant reds, greens and oranges. Its economical size of 300 cm and easy care (can be washed in water and dry cleaned) makes Livia perfect for all interiors arranged by eco-style enthusiasts.
Reya is a natural-looking, semi-transparent plain decorative fabric resembling linen, available in a wide range of 37 neutral colours. Its advantages are the economical size of 300 cm and easy care. It is an all-round idea for window decorations, such as curtains and Roman blinds in all styles. The collection is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified, which guarantees the safety of textile products. Can be washed in water or dry-cleaned. Livia is a similar collection.
Sandro is a nobel, semi transparent, decorative fabric available in six colours: from white to various shades of beige. Natural and soft to the touch. Linen and polyester blend is perfect for all fans of simplicity and nature. Available in the economical size of 300 cm. It looks natural and is very versatile. Wash with water or dry clean. Will look great in cosy and modern interiors.
Photo-session for Dekoma.
Creative idea, text, photographs and styling MBBM Studio.