Date: October 1, 2012


INTRODUCING LAURA KIRAR EXCLUSIVELY FOR HIGHLAND COURT - Classically trained as a fine artist, internationally renowned designer Laura Kirar approaches each day, each project and each collection as an opportunity to both express aesthetic messages and challenge technical and material norms in whatever medium she works.  Inspired by 20 years of artistic experiments, collaborations, world travels, and drawing and photographing both urban and natural environments, Kirar is pleased to introduce her first sumptuous fabric collection for Highland Court.   The collection is an expression of her modern vision for texture, scale and color narrated in fabric; an elegant, confident and colorful story of prints and wovens.

Laura Kirar is extremely hands on as a designer, and her work for Highland Court was without exception.  Many of the 159 woven patterns and prints are original artworks developed directly from Kirar’s sketchbook.  Her specific color vision, outlined early in the process, was carefully honed, requiring the custom dying of new yarns and new color combinations.  A complete interior lies within each color book, yielding a multitude of possibilities when combining colors and neutrals.  The result is a four color book set that is as dramatic in color as they are rich in texture. 

Beginning with a neutral base, the Quartz color book features cool charcoal to robust black, while Terra is a compliment with warmer tones of brown.  Capturing the turquoise of the Adriatic Sea and coupling it with a greyer blue pulled from cooler waters, the Azure book begins the color series of the collection with a softer appeal.  In vibrant contrast, the on-trend Flora book adds the signature Kirar punch of color with its acid green and neon fuchsia.

When discussing her 1st fabric collection for Highland Court, Laura states, “It’s a collection I’d envisioned for many years- painterly and urban, elegant and earthy, a sophisticated palette of acids and neutrals.  I wanted to play both Painter and Alchemist in the textile medium.  The process has been a combination of experimentation, challenge and discovery, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to create.”  The resulting product is a deliberate balance of techniques, weaves, embroidery, and print processes that were carefully selected to create a complete body of work, with the intent to provide a collection where all of the functional needs of the designer are satisfied. 

HIGHLAND COURT®, a division of Duralee®, is headquartered in Bay Shore, New York with showrooms nationwide and throughout the world.