Peter Fasano’s latest inspiration
The Woodblock Collection
Traditional Indian Woodblocks
Repurposed & Re-envisioned
Q: Where did you find your first woodblock?
A: I found the first woodblocks at a shop in Gt. Barrington (One Mercantile) that’s owned by a former employee. After that I started combing through EBay and Etsy, buying up one great woodblock after another. I think I now have almost 200!
Q: Did you know immediately that it would turn into a new collection of fabrics and wallpapers?
A: Actually, I did have one of those eureka moments--I saw a wide open road of possibilities, even though it came with a few detours, side trips and unexpected discoveries. But that’s the beauty of the creative process! It just felt so familiar and comfortable the moment I test printed the first woodblock.
Q: You could have just used the woodblocks as is and stamped them on the fabrics. What made you use them as you did, mixing and matching them?
A: I generally like to mix things up and add my own flavor to anything, so it wasn’t in me to use the woodblocks exactly as they were. It was fun to rearrange the pieces of the puzzle.
Q: Give us an example of one woodblock pattern that looks completely different from the original woodblock.
A: “Pintade” is a perfect example of a woodblock that started out as one thing (in this case, a fish) and ended up as a small all-over pattern. Many of the patterns in this collection have 2 or 3 woodblocks integrated into the design. (I had a lot of fun!)
Q: Tell us why you chose blue for this collection.
A: Well, the prints just looked so good in blue and white, and it’s an easy color scheme to live with. I also love deep reds and have folded that color, along with green, brown and beige into a select number of patterns in the collection.
Q: Custom fabrics are a huge part of your business. Tell us what other favorite colors you would love to see clients use to custom color this collection?
A: Since we do so much custom work, it will be fun to see how designers re-envision the patterns in different colors. This collection makes it really easy to print in almost any color since the designs are mostly all one-color prints. The hardest part is making the choice!
Cottages & Gardens met up with Peter for a great
Q & A to discuss his artistic process and the inspiration for his new Kuba Collection. The interview appears in its entirety in Over The Wire, the Cottages & Gardens blog.
From Peter’s earliest days as a student at Parson’s School of Design, through his time with the iconic designer Albert Hadley, to the current inspiration for his newest collection, it is always a treat to be privy to the inner workings of the creative process.
Check out the interview at Over the Wire!
IFDA’s Second Annual “Take A Seat” charity auction was a smashing success! All of the proceeds from the 25 chairs designed by some of the industry’s top names, benefitted Habit for Humanity.
The “before” chair was posted here a few weeks ago. Here’s a photo of the “after” chair, covered in one of Peter’s newest fabrics from the Kuba Collection, – Supai.
In October, they will have exhibitions and auctions in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Boca Raton, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, so check them out!
Peter has been hard at work with the Metro New York North chapter of the Red Cross, devoting lots of his talent to the Red & White Ball.
Featured prominently on one of our favorite Lifestyle Blogs, Stacey Bewkes’ Quintessence, this year’s fundraising event, Designs for Hope, brought out some of the country’s leading designers who contributed inspiring tablescapes for this Greenwich, CT charitable evening.
Working with Ondine Karady and shown here with wife, textile-designer Elizabeth Hamilton and Executive Committee Member Beth Dempsey of Images and Details, Peter created a fabulous Lego-themed table. He designed a hand-silkscreened red cross on both the tablecloth and chairs, and added zing by making napkins from fabric in the Elizabeth Hamilton Collection in a custom colorway of Elizabeth's Campbell.
Additionally, Peter also designed a custom hand-printed gold tablecloth for designer Francine Gardner of Interieurs. His organic leaf design provided a beautiful balance to the exquisite stemware on the table.
Check out both of these tables, and the rest on Quintessence.
It’s only a couple of weeks until IFDA’s 2nd annual “Take A Seat” charity auction in New York. 25 of the industry’s most talented artists and designers will be decorating and then donating a chair to be auctioned off at the event. The proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Here’s a glimpse of Peter Fasano’s "before" chair! Check back soon to see the finished "after" chair!
You can read more about Peter and his chair, as well as the other designers here on the IFDANY’s blog post.
Just featured in Stacey Bewkes terrific “Quintessence Lifestyle Blog,” is this spring’s 2014 “Design On A Dime.”
Included was this room done by Leslie Banker for Pamela Banker Associates, with hand-painted pillows by Peter Fasano.
Design on a Dime 2014 is marking their 10th anniversary as one of the most popular design events in the New York community. Benefiting Housing Works' programs for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, the annual event features more than 50 top-tier designers who create rooms with donated merchandise, which is then sold for 50- 70% off retail.
Edward Lobrano did a fabulous table for the Lenox Hill Gala, using Peter Fasano's Hillevi for the tablecloth and Double Dotty for the napkins. His black and white-themed table provided quite the punch!
Design aficionado, Marisa Marcantonio, called it a "standout" in her wonderful design blog, Stylebeat. Check it out!
Cameron had an opportunity to chat with the two of them and her resulting interview, "Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton: The Fabric Designing Duo" is definitely worth a look! If you were ever curious as to Peter's early roots and how he developed his unique niche in the textile world, check it out!
Our good friend, designer Bunny Williams, continues to do good work as she volunteers her time and incredible eye by participating in the Ronald McDonald House Long Island Project Design 2013.
This permanent showhouse will be used by the many families making extended stays at this facility, while their seriously ill children receive medical treatment at local hospitals. The original house is being updated and redesigned by many preeminent members of the NY design community.
Bunny has used a custom Peter Fasano "Heaven's Above" fabric to decorate the playroom.
You can see images of Peter's fabric and Bunny's dress-up closet from the festival reception at the design blog, "Quintessence."