Connecticut Fabric Sources
Top to-the-trade fabric sources throughout Connecticut
Stark’s Design Center is a textile mecca, where designers can peruse the newest looks from exclusive brands like Missoni, Lelievre, Sonia Rykiel and Sherrill Canet. I was particularly taken with the brilliant palette of the new Cocoon line from Lelievre. The showroom staff is reliably knowledgeable and can seamlessly guide the time-strapped designer to their comprehensive collection of hand-painted wallcoverings, carpets and rugs. One-stop shopping: priceless. Stark Design Center, 17 Butler St., Loehmann’s Plaza, Norwalk, 203-899-1771, starkoutlet.com.
Rogers & Goffigon is my go-to fabric source for luxuriously appointed rooms. The Greenwich-based business offers select trade appointments as well as a Manhattan showroom that is a trove of beautiful neutrals and sophisticated wovens. R&G’s elegant fabrics were highlighted in my living room design for the Connecticut Governor’s Residence (view the project at cottages-gardens.com), helping to restore a stately quality to this historic space. Rogers & Goffigon, Ltd., 41 Chestnut St., Greenwich, 203-532-8068. Showroom in the D&D Building, NYC.
With clients who place a premium on sustainability, Elizabeth Eakins always comes through with a wide selection of artisanal, natural-fiber fabrics and rugs. All of their rugs are produced by hand in the Norwalk studio, where designers are invited to observe the detailed process or shop the on-site boutique. This Connecticut treasure just opened its first L.A. outpost, inspiring the new Melrose collection—the definition of eco-chic. Elizabeth Eakins Studio, 5 Taft St., South Norwalk, 203-831-9347, elizabetheakins.com.
Connecticut pulled off a coup de style when Britain’s legendary Osborne & Little opened its premiere U.S. showroom in Stamford. Their aesthetic is bold, urbane, delightfully eccentric—and of course, exceptionally well made. I adore the tailored, statement-making stripes of their collection for Lorca, inspired by the Polynesian Islands. Osborne & Little Showroom, 90 Commerce Rd., Stamford, 203-359-1500, osborneandlittle.com.
I have a soft spot for children’s spaces—joyful, color-infused rooms where we as parents indulge our own playful impulses. Norwalk’s Country Swedish has a fantastic collection of vibrant, modern prints made in the Gustavian artisan tradition (read: durable). It also offers historical reproduction prints and a series inspired by the revered Swedish modernist Josef Frank. Fabrics aside, you’ll want to linger over the furniture, rugs and wallpaper, all handcrafted in Sweden. Country Swedish, 22 Elizabeth St., South Norwalk, 203-855-1106, countryswedish.com.