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Sō Koro
Designs of the Time 2021 Collection

Designs-of-the-time-2021-collection

Urushi is the ancient Japanese art of lacquer layering and is the inspiration behind the new Sō Koro collection. Perfected over 7,000 years, it is a painstaking process of adding and drying layers of lacquer one by one, demanding patience and artistry.
Likewise this collection is created by pure and slow craftsmanship. Meticulous knowledge of technique is bound with uncompromising design to construct fabrics made from multiple layers of fine yarns, soft-touch materials and rugged looks.

Designs-of-the-time-curtains-

Sō Koro is about harmony; the fabrics are intentionally gentle. They are not demanding. They breathe softness and comfort. These fabrics are so beautifully tactile, they ground you in the space you’re in, and in the present moment. Pictured are ‘Suora’ on the curtain and ‘Isho’ on the gown.

Designs of the Time are masters of texture and colour and they have always paid extreme attention to their designs.  Though the term ‘mindfulness’ has only come into vogue recently, they’ve been practicing it for years.

Designs-of-the-time-hall-curtain
Designs-of-the-time-upholstery-linen

‘Baldemar’ is a gorgeous upholstery linen. It is thick, tightly woven and so very dense, yet soft. Named after Baldemar, patron Saint of Blacksmiths; this stonewashed fabric is made to stand the test of time. It is tumbled with small white pumice stones, thickening and softening the fibres while creating a subtle patina.

curtain-fabrics-linen

‘Suora’ is a smart, semi-sheer linen designed in collaboration with textile designer Nathalie Van der Massen. It has a stylised block graphic using open and closed weaves. ‘Suora’ comes in terracotta, yellow-green, coastal grey or anthracite.

To view these remarkable fabrics closely, to see how they move and drape please do watch this rather magical video.

Japanese-panels-by-Designs-of-the-time
linen-roman-blinds-bode-fabrics

‘Iki’ layers fine fibres to create subtle textures. The result is an irregular yet orderly weave with delicate stripes, less obvious when tone-on-tone, more with a black warp. This sublime semi-sheer linen and wool blend is double-width and comes in eight shades.

Living-room-drapes

‘Kami’ is a pure linen day curtain and was designed in collaboration with textile designer Nathalie Van der Massen.  This light fabric with its over-washed finish flows and drapes beautifully. It comes in the most serene neutrals, earthy clays and elegant greys. Look closely and there’s a subtle design across the surface created using a ‘pocket’ weave. Kami, the Shinto word for Gods, are not seen as separate from nature and this water-like design is intended to symbolise harmonious and close connections.

Designs-of-the-time-curtain-sheer
Designs-of-the-time-boucle-cushions
Day-sheer-curtain

‘Isho’ is used on the pillow and above in its different colourways. Choose between contrasting colours or tone-on-tone.  In all photos, the model wears ‘Isho.’

comfortable-furnishing-fabrics
Bean-bag-boucle-fabric

Design which is as pleasing to the eye as it is to touch can bring comfort and even joy to the beholder. Sō Koro has several chunky, textured and fluffy upholstery textiles that are designed to enhance your lifestyle and lift your mood. On the beanbag is a gorgeously soft fabric called ‘Miyabi.

Enso

Designs of the Times’ new outdoor-indoor collection is extremely comfortable. Made from polypropylene they are strong, extremely  resilient to the weather, washable, recyclable and use less energy to manufacture than any other synthetic. As well they are very good to look at.

Outdoor-fabric-for-the-tropics
Relax-outside-on-Bode-outdoor-fabric
Chunky-out-of-doors-textile

Bring relaxed sophistication and comfort to the outside. Chunky, looped and bobbly, these fabrics have rugged textures great for the outdoors, but they’re soft enough for the indoors too. Each design is available in several muted and ton-sur-ton colours. At 40,000 rubs, these fabrics have a much higher abrasion resistance and beautifully last longer.

High-performance-upholstery-fabric
'Kaiyo' is knobbly with interesting line patterns.


		
Bode-outdoor-textiles
Playful little loops create 'Oki'.
woven-fabric-for-outdoors
'Bansho' uses bouclé yarn to create a two-tone texture
Designs-of-the-time-artisan-fabrics-for-upholstery

With their timeless collections, Designs of the Time are the epitome of relaxed sophistication,

Discover Designs of the Time

Urushi is the ancient Japanese art of lacquer layering and is the inspiration behind the new Sō Koro collection. Perfected over 7,000 years, it is a painstaking process of adding and drying layers of lacquer one by one, demanding patience and artistry.
Likewise this collection is created by pure and slow craftsmanship. Meticulous knowledge of technique is bound with uncompromising design to construct fabrics made from multiple layers of fine yarns, soft-touch materials and rugged looks.

Designs-of-the-time-curtains-

Sō Koro is about harmony; the fabrics are intentionally gentle. They are not demanding. They breathe softness and comfort. These fabrics are so beautifully tactile, they ground you in the space you’re in, and in the present moment. Pictured are ‘Suora’ on the curtain and ‘Isho’ on the gown.

Designs of the Time are masters of texture and colour and they have always paid extreme attention to their designs.  Though the term ‘mindfulness’ has only come into vogue recently, they’ve been practicing it for years.

Designs-of-the-time-hall-curtain
Designs-of-the-time-upholstery-linen

‘Baldemar’ is a gorgeous upholstery linen. It is thick, tightly woven and so very dense, yet soft. Named after Baldemar, patron Saint of Blacksmiths; this stonewashed fabric is made to stand the test of time. It is tumbled with small white pumice stones, thickening and softening the fibres while creating a subtle patina.

curtain-fabrics-linen

‘Suora’ is a smart, semi-sheer linen designed in collaboration with textile designer Nathalie Van der Massen. It has a stylised block graphic using open and closed weaves. ‘Suora’ comes in terracotta, yellow-green, coastal grey or anthracite.

To view these remarkable fabrics closely, to see how they move and drape please do watch this rather magical video.

woven-day-curtain

‘Iki’ means to ‘to-live’ in Japanese, a fitting name for this weave with its free wild spirit.

Japanese-panels-by-Designs-of-the-time
linen-roman-blinds-bode-fabrics

‘Iki’ layers fine fibres to create subtle textures. The result is an irregular yet orderly weave with delicate stripes, less obvious when tone-on-tone, more with a black warp. This sublime semi-sheer linen and wool blend is double-width and comes in eight shades.

Living-room-drapes

‘Kami’ is a pure linen day curtain and was designed in collaboration with textile designer Nathalie Van der Massen.  This light fabric with its over-washed finish flows and drapes beautifully. It comes in the most serene neutrals, earthy clays and elegant greys. Look closely and there’s a subtle design across the surface created using a ‘pocket’ weave. Kami, the Shinto word for Gods, are not seen as separate from nature and this water-like design is intended to symbolise harmonious and close connections.

Designs-of-the-time-curtain-sheer
Designs-of-the-time-boucle-cushions
Day-sheer-curtain

‘Isho’ is used on the pillow and above in its different colourways. Choose between contrasting colours or tone-on-tone.  In all photos, the model wears ‘Isho.’

comfortable-furnishing-fabrics
Bean-bag-boucle-fabric

Design which is as pleasing to the eye as it is to touch can bring comfort and even joy to the beholder. Sō Koro has several chunky, textured and fluffy upholstery textiles that are designed to enhance your lifestyle and lift your mood. On the beanbag is a gorgeously soft fabric called ‘Miyabi.’

Enso

Designs of the Times’ new outdoor-indoor collection is extremely comfortable. Made from polypropylene they are strong, extremely  resilient to the weather, washable, recyclable and use less energy to manufacture than any other synthetic. As well they are very good to look at.

Outdoor-fabric-for-the-tropics
Relax-outside-on-Bode-outdoor-fabric
Chunky-out-of-doors-textile

Bring relaxed sophistication and comfort to the outside. Chunky, looped and bobbly, these fabrics have rugged textures great for the outdoors, but they’re soft enough for the indoors too. Each design is available in several muted and ton-sur-ton colours. At 40,000 rubs, these fabrics have a much higher abrasion resistance and beautifully last longer.

High-performance-upholstery-fabric
'Kaiyo' is knobbly with interesting line patterns.


		
Bode-outdoor-textiles
Playful little loops create 'Oki'.
woven-fabric-for-outdoors
'Bansho' uses bouclé yarn to create a two-tone texture
Designs-of-the-time-artisan-fabrics-for-upholstery

With their timeless collections, Designs of the Time are the epitome of relaxed sophistication,

Discover Designs of the Time

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