From notable architects and designers past and present—David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, and Alexander Girard among them—these upholstery fabric collaborations punch up furniture with vibrant colorways and eye-catching geometries.

Textured Edge, Suzanne Tick for Teknion

Two large-scale graphic upholstery textiles join five wall and panel fabrics in Textured Edge, a collection by New York–based designer Suzanne Tick for office-furniture manufacturer Teknion. With patterning intended to be reminiscent of sketches and line drawings created during the typical design process, the fabric layers color and texture to create shadow. Line Language, shown left, offers vertical gradations in background color as well as line thickness, mimicking the look of paint applied with a palette knife.


Minicheck by Alexander Girard, Maharam
The design director of Herman Miller’s textile division for more than 20 years, Alexander Girard was known to favor basic geometries. His 1952 Minicheck upholstery for the furniture maker is no exception. Though it was originally offered in an array of colorways, its reintroduction in a cotton–polyester blend by textile maker Maharam goes back to basics, bringing the midcentury design to life in classic black and white.

Knoll Textiles
David Adjaye Collection, Knoll Textiles

The British architect explores his African roots and love of hard geometries in this collection of woven and digitally printed fabrics. Each of its nine patterns—six upholsteries (Cairo, shown), two drapes, and one wallcovering—are informed by the continent’s geography, nature, and culture, and are named for locations there. The collection’s launch coincides with an exhibition of African textiles curated by the architect, “David Adjaye Selects,” at the Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, through Feb. 14, 2016.

Tjep.Cubism, Wolf-Gordon
Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema worked with textile maker Wolf-Gordon on a collection of interior fabrics featuring variations on the cube's form. Referencing early 20th-century Czech Cubism, the collection debuted at Salone in Milan earlier this year. It includes six patterns—four wallcoverings, one drape, and one upholstery textile. The latter is Basis (shown, center), which replicates the cube as a mosaic weave in 12 colorways and a blend of solution-dyed nylon, cotton, and rayon yarns.

HBF Textiles
Elodie Blanchard Collection, HBF Textiles
Dot Structure, by French designer Elodie Blanchard for HBF Textiles, features an optical illusion with a Buckminster Fuller–edge. The woven upholstery's triangle grid is interrupted by a series of contrasting dots that create a subtle, hexagonal overlay. Made from Sunbrella yarns, the fabric can be used indoors and outdoors.