Who are Continuous Journey fabrics designed for?
We have in mind seekers, who may travel far away from home in search of adventure, only to find that staying at home, creating a grounded and beautiful abode, is also an adventure. Such a person’s house or apartment may include exotic elements culled from travels, but will above all provide a serene place for meditation and reflection.
Which fabric best represents this balance between home and elsewhere?
Julian border trim curtain, a stylized depiction of a winding path inspired by the ancient Greek key pattern, symbolizes the theme of outward journey followed by return to a center. The patterned fabrics of Continuous Journey tend to be calm, involving static repeat components, rather than “busy”.
Are you also inspired by nature?
Yes, but in a very stylized way. Our Chloe fabric, for example, echoes the structure seen in many natural phenomena: ,fossils, petrified wood and bark to name a few. I’m reminded of the expression, “sacred geometry”, the ancient belief that God created the universe according to a geometric plan.
A different kind of nature-inspired fabric is our Tabu textile. It consists of a schematic, stylized pattern inspired by a tiger’s stripes, but it is not a literal imitation. We are trying to convey a sort of peaceful exoticism.
Given that pattern is such an important aspect of the brand, how do you feel about using more than one pattern in a single space?
I wouldn’t say mixing patterns is “forbidden”, but that to create the kind of serene sanctuary that is Continuous Journey’s vision, it would be better to use just one pattern, in combination with a solid fabric. The exception, of course, is if one combines patterns that are in a single pale neutral, all beige, gray or ivory, for example.
Which Continuous Journey color epitomizes the brand for you?
Our Silver Gray is definitely a signature. It is a universal shade, combining the calm native to all grays with the more vibrant admixture of silver. It is a color seen in nature, in stones, in art, and in precious pottery dating back to the Neolithic period.
Is there any other color in the collection which is more of a “sleeper”--a color less used but perhaps ripe for a comeback?
Oh yes, definitely Magenta. It’s quite different from our other colors which are often rather muted. Magenta is pungent and punchy, a great accent color to use with black or gray, especially. Magenta made its first appearance in textile in the 1850s, with the invention of aniline dyes, and in the early 20th century Matisse and other Fauves painters made a major use of it because of its emotional impact.
Do you have a favorite quote that serves as inspiration?
Yes, this famous fragment of William Blake’s poem, Auguries of Innocence:
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand.
And Eternity in an hour.”
Through the microcosm of interior design, we are trying to connect ourselves and our clients to grander universal patterns perceived in both nature and architecture.