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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.

Part two of this article explores the more recent approaches to wallpaper production delving into the refinements made in technical processes, and the influence of history and art on current wallpaper artistry. 

In this two-part series, we will provide a brief history on the evolution of wallpaper highlighting the various methods of production, technical advancements along with the impacts of manufacturer, style, and consumer trends. 

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 Swiss 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.

Sheer fabrics are often overlooked when window coverings are called for. However, they provide another layer to a room, as well as privacy. “Spaces tend to feel more intimate and quite ethereal,” says interior designer Kerry Phelan, director of K.P.D.O. Interiors + Architecture.

“They can also be used to create a sense of mystique, something beyond,” says Phelan, who regularly uses Zepel’s collection of sheers for a variety of projects from residential projects through to hospitality. 

Selecting the type of fibre for your upholstery and drapery can be a complex and overwhelming task. Initially, we tend to place more importance on the aesthetics of fabric such as colour, texture and pattern, without much deliberation on the characteristics of the fibre. While the aesthetics are of course a significant part in the final decision, also considering the fibres’ inherent qualities can greatly add to not only the desired feel of your interior, but the durability of your furnishings long term. Here, we provide you with a brief overview on the characteristics of natural vs synthetic fibres and their response to humidity, light exposure and care. Additionally, this resource will assist you in the process of evaluating the environmental conditions of your interior for best fabric selection.

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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.