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Sunbrella Contract Upholstery Designed by Kathrin Hagge

January 20, 2020

Two new upholstery patterns, designed by Wolf-Gordon Senior Designer Kathrin Hagge, have been added to our Sunbrella Contract collection. The patterns, Riley and Stella, were inspired by the abstract styles of 20th century artists Bridget Riley and Frank Stella. Riley lends sensations of movement and color, while Stella's dynamic minimalism is captured in the bold graphic quality of it's namesake pattern. The Sunbrella constructions feature highly UV-stable pigments which are resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight.

For Riley, Hagge combined her knowledge of weaving with artists' works she admires. The signature Op Art style of English painter Bridget Riley—where clean lines are melded with simple repeated shapes in complex configurations—is reflected in the playful design. As the eye travels through the "peepholes" in each solid-colored ground, a herringbone pattern emerges.

Stella was born from the idea that inspiration can strike at any time and place—while visiting a friend in the hospital, Hagge happened upon a series of prints by artist Frank Stella. She adapted his 1968 "V Series", mimicking the use of parallel stripes and angled geometry, with a set of fresh colorways that summon images of the sea, and were chosen to stimulate a positive outlook.

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