Date: April 2, 2012


INTRODUCING DURALEE DESIGNER: JOHN ROBSHAW - Romanticized by the allure of India and Asia, John Robshaw has captured the aesthetic of traditional artisans and translated it for the updated Western world through his textiles.  Blending cultures and techniques, Robshaw has created his own signature look of sophisticated exoticism with designs that are new and fresh, and yet retain their sense of handmade tradition. 

For the first time, John has ventured into woven designs in addition to his signature prints, and Duralee is pleased to team with him to bring his worldly vision to their customers in this 4-book collection of coordinated fabrics.

Separated into distinct color families, John Robshaw for Duralee reflects the colors of nature with a touch of the saturated tones of the East.  Like the juxtaposition of stone and foliage, Charcoal/Moss Green combines the popular grey neutral with an accent of lively green.  The search for natural indigo dye for his paintings led Robshaw to India, so it is only natural that this deep blue is a featured shade of his collection with Indigo/Turquoise.  Stolen from spice markets and saris, the colors of Madder/Coral are a vibrant range from rich red to fuchsia.   Anchoring the collection with shades of tan to chocolate brown, Umber/Khaki pays homage to desert sands, thatched roofs and teak forests.

Of his products, Robshaw states, “by making textiles, I get to become a minor character in the lives of the people I work with, and I can take inspiration from what I see and do there.  I go to their weddings, celebrate their festivals, I get sick with them, drink tea with them, and develop relationships with the people who are teaching me.  When you look at my textiles, I want you to feel like you’ve been on the world tour along with me.”

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