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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.