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We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. Our blog is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

This year in particular, there has been a general sigh of relief with the first long hours of sun and balmy temperatures. This dose of positivity is a welcomed sight, and reinforces feelings of optimism and embracing a renewed, hopeful season. The notion of revitalisation is that we improve something that is existing, that holds integral meaning, (and in this instance the home setting), and create a transformed or diverse look/feel to a space. This alternate look can also represent something more than aesthetics and possibly a new shift of perspective experienced from the challenges of a year to an increased appreciation of simple comforts. With sunny weather on our side, it’s the perfect opportunity to infuse optimism into your interior styling that reflects whatever your renewed focus on home, and living may be.

Here are some easy and effective methods to refresh interiors, featuring new designs from Zepel and Casamance that will enhance beginnings.

We have opted to present two contrasting interior styling options - a subtle method, and dramatic statement. As these are the prevalent approaches, this will assist you in adapting these base styles to your chosen interior flair. Remember, revitalising rather than completely remodelling a space is key, so these easy to tackle style tips, can be completed in a weekend or even an afternoon.

The pursuits of Christian Fischbacher to implement advances in sustainability and unconventional methods with the manufacturing of recycled textiles and yarn, have been remarkable. Our partnership with this luxury Swedish brand has been fortunate, and Zepel are honoured to represent a brand producing high quality, sophisticated fabrics that promote new methods in sustainable practices. It’s with no surprise that with the recent renovation to their warehouse that Michael Fischbacher, (CEO Christian Fischbacher), decided to opt for a green approach and install a solar power system comprising of 267 modules. 

The interior style of modern rustic is gaining momentum and arrives at an ideal moment, or perhaps it’s this current uncertain time, that has ushered in this inspiring trend. There is a focus on creating stress-free environments that combine elements of natural fabrics, raw materials, earthy colour schemes, and extreme comfort combined with an underlying sense of escapism. Almost like a faraway retreat or cabin in the mountains, even though we can’t physically be there, this mood can be created. This ideology perfectly marries with the notion of ‘cocooning’. First proclaimed by trend forecaster, Faith Popcorn, the interior style of cocooning revolves around the idea of creating a safe, comforting interior, removing you from the angst and uncertainty of the outside world. Sounds perfect right?

Here we take a look at some of these modern rustic ideas, and fabrics from Zepel that emulate this growing trend.

Since 2012, Zepel has established a strong and dynamic partnership with renowned French interior décor company, Texdecor Group. In the forefront of superior furnishings and design, Texdecor comprises of 7 brands across 5 specialisations. Zepel are incredibly fortunate to represent the brand Casamance, which creates reimagined classic and contemporary furnishings that surpass standards in quality and current trends in design and manufacturing. The achievements of Casamance and Texdecor, is steeped in 400 years of history, and centuries of refined tradition paved by the sheer determination of the Motte family lineage.       

The textiles industry in 17th century France was commonly run by families in their homes, where the weavers were the energy behind the creation of fabrics. The Motte family during this time were renowned merchant manufacturers of wool in the city of Lille. Being located in the North of France, which became the largest manufacturing and trading area between Europe and England, gave the business a firm advantage. However, it was the foresight and ingenuity of visionaries from the family, and the automated advances from the industrial revolution that secured the continuation of the brand to the success it has become today.

Proven to be both stain-resistant and long-lasting, FibreGuard fabrics are engineered from the inside out to perform for the home, for work and for you.

The inherent FibreGuard protection is the result of years of research and testing by interior designers and textile engineers offering a range of fabrics ready to stand up to anything daily life can throw at them.

The FibreGuard effect is permanent, meaning that the stain-free properties are inherent in the fabric and will last long after washing or prolonged use.  The easy to clean nature of the fabric means you can easily maintain your upholstered furniture.

The unique benefits of FibreGuard make it the ideal choice for both residential and commercial interiors and this is showcased below in projects from across the globe where FibreGuard has been specified:

We asked the Zepel studio to start at the beginning, to tell us how they go about sourcing inspiration for their ranges and all aspects of their design and development process.

 

In late 2019, we ran a fabulous competition to win a custom made Molmic couch covered in our brilliant stain resistant fabric, FibreGuard.

With entries received all over New Zealand and Australia, only three couches were up for grabs. Each entrant was asked to give us their reason for why they needed a new stain resistant couch.

There was an overwhelming response of humorous stories and heart felt reasons for why a new couch would bring joy to people and their families. It was great to see so many people deeply involved in why the right couch was so important to them and their families.

Jannah Stevens began her creative studies in set design in Brisbane back in 2005, from here an interest in interior design grew.  A move to Melbourne saw Jannah undertaking formal training in both interior and textile design, finally graduating in 2009. 

 

After several years working in the textile industry and gaining a great foundational knowledge of textiles, she then started up her own small business creating and hand painting watercolour designs for digitally printed, homeware accessories.  As momentum increased, Jannah’s business evolved into a brick n mortar pop-up shop for 12 months on high Street in Armadale.   It’s this experience that Jannah draws upon today when developing product for Zepel where she has been the Product Development Co-ordinator since 2018.

“Which way does the stripe run?” One of the most frequently asked questions we receive both in our showrooms, and over the phone. It is a question that can be easily confused, especially when interpreting fabric specifications from a small sample and how that translates to a roll of fabric.