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The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris

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Let’s be real: As necessary as it was to postpone Maison & Objet and Paris Déco Off until the spring, a lot of hearts were broken. Fortunately, some of our favorite brands were quick on their feet and opted to show the same collections scheduled to debut in the City of Light inside showrooms throughout 200 Lex and the Decoration & Design Building. From trippy, lava lamp–inspired fabrics to coffee tables made of plaster, here are some of the most memorable launches that we were supposed to see à Paris—but saw in New York this week instead.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Florence wallcovering in Fig Blossom/Apple/Peony by Diane Hill for HarlequinCourtesy of Harlequin

Harlequin unveiled a fanciful Florence wallcovering by London-based artist Diane Hill. Available in three charming colorways, including powdery pink and sky blue, the enchanting design features a hand-drawn chinoiserie motif complete with peacocks, hummingbirds and butterflies.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Selections from the Christiane Lemieux for Fabricut collectionCourtesy of Fabricate

Fabricut partnered with Christiane Lemieux on a dreamy line of textiles. The collection, Material Archive, features dozens of fabrics that evolved from a series of the designer’s hand-drawn sketches and illustrations (that is riddled with delightful historic references), including a Kuba-inspired pattern called Pantin and a free-spirited floral print named Muret.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Iter wallcovering in Nougat by The Vale London Courtesy of The Vale London

The Vale London showcased a charming collection called Sloane. An ode to flights of fancy, the carefully curated assortment features nine ethereal textile and wallcovering designs inspired by everything from hot air balloons to flying songbirds. Offerings include a rhythmic handwoven wallpaper pattern composed of paper and hemp named Iter and a nubby pale pink upholstery fabric named Agnello.

Left: Blackthorn wallpaper, Willow Bough fabric (lampshade) and Marigold (bedding) by Ben Pentreath for Morris & Co. Courtesy of Morris & Co. | Right: The brand’s Woodland Weeds wallpaper, Willow Bough fabric (lampshade) and Honeysuckle (bedding) by Ben Pentreath Courtesy of Morris & Co.

Morris & Co. debuted a delightful collaboration with Ben Pentreath. Drawing from the designer's British roots, the Cornubia collection spans three dozen upholstery and wallcovering patterns inspired by views of the Cornish coastline, including a soft green foliage print fabric named Marigold and a playful floral wallpaper design called Blackthorn.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Canopy fabrics in assorted colors by Weitzner Courtesy of Weitzner

Weitzner introduced a mood-boosting collection called Uplift. The sumptuous assortment features 12 touchable textiles and five feel-good wallpaper designs, including an ombre-style, foliage-patterned fabric named Canopy and a grasscloth wallcovering with a hand-stitched sunburst motif titled Midsummer.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Gossamer in Chalk by Amy Meier for Hartmann & ForbesCourtesy of Hartmann & Forbes

Hartmann & Forbes tapped California–based designer Amy Meier for a collaboration that features seven window-treatment textiles with handwoven motifs, including a handloomed jacquard named Joinery and a wabi-sabi-inspired pattern composed of ramie and warp threads called Gossamer.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
The Ogata wallcovering in Saffron by FromentalCourtesy of Fromental

Fromental debuted a whimsical wallcovering design called Ogata. Inspired by the work of Japanese artist Tawaraya Sotatsu, the chinoiserie-style stunner features a painterly abstract peony motif cast on a rich earth tone ground that’s printed and hand-finished on paper-backed fabric for added durability.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
The Woodfin collection by Brent Warr Courtesy of Brent Warr

Brent Warr’s latest collection, Woodfin, is a lesson in materiality. The sculptural series features furniture, lighting and decor accents crafted using an unexpected (and highly innovative) mix of wood, paint and plaster, such as a floor lamp with an opaque shade and a coffee table with arch-shaped cutouts in lieu of traditional legs.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Petal to the Metal wallpaper in Let the Led Out and Electric Ladyland by PareteCourtesy of Parete

Parete unveiled an exuberant wallcovering design called Petal to Metal. Teeming with bold color combos such as fuschia and cobalt blue, the sprightly floral wallpaper features subtle metallic foil detailing that gives it a fun, shimmery finish.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Mérens nailhead border in black by Samuel & SonsCourtesy of Samuel & Sons

Samuel & Sons previewed a striking series of strié linen and faux leather borders named Cavalleria. Inspired by medieval equestrian bridles, the collection features an array of fabric trims embellished with nailheads and micro studs that forge unique geometric patterns.

Left: Harlequin in green and gold (left) and red and black by Clarence House Courtesy of Clarence House | Right: The brand’s La Moderne in multi Courtesy of Clarence House

Clarence House debuted the 20th Century collection. The colorful line of fabrics draws inspiration from some of the most influential art and design movements of the 1900s, including a kaleidoscopic Russian Avant Garde-style geometric print named La Moderne, and a pattern that pays homage to cubism—and more specifically, a famed Pablo Picasso painting—called Harlequin.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Mark fabric in Disco by Sarah Von Dreele Courtesy of Sarah Von Dreele

Sarah Von Dreele added 18 new fabrics to her beloved Resilience collection. Designed to evoke feelings of hope and positivity, the series introduces six energetic patterns, each in three cheery colorways, including a zigzagging watercolor motif in shades of fuchsia and neon orange named Mark and a squiggly cobalt print called Marie-Therese.

Left: One Last Blessing drapes by Craig George for Western Sensibility Courtesy of Western Sensibility | Right: The brand’s Technicolor Tangle Pillow No. 3 by Evan Paul English Courtesy of Western Sensibility

In an effort to reduce waste and carbon emissions, digital printing studio Western Sensibility rolled out an imaginative line of textiles crafted using recyclable materials and eco-friendly dye-sublimation techniques (which require no water and less electricity than other dying methods). The collection offers an assortment of soft goods designed in collaboration with contemporary artists, including curtains clad in a vibrant canyon landscape motif by Craig George and a technicolor floral throw pillow by Evan Paul English.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
Ebru upholstery in 02 by PollackCourtesy of Pollack

Pollack released an eye-catching fabric collection called After Hours. Brimming with dramatic jewel tones and intricate patterns, the sultry assortment offers more than 20 glitzy upholstery designs, ranging from a trippy lava lamp–inspired style print named Ebru to a multicolored houndstooth motif dubbed Dandy.

Left: The Laguna side table by KGBL Courtesy of KGBL | Right: The brand’s Zaragosa side table Courtesy of KGBL

KGBL debuted its Brooklyn-made Laguna and Zaragosa side table designs. The former, also available as a coffee table, features solid bronze legs and a thick pentagonal marble top, while the latter is composed of contrasting colors of stone and boasts box joints and a built-in drawer to boot.

The best debuts you didn’t get to see in Paris
The Allora collection by Cortina LeathersCourtesy of Cortina Leathers

Cortina Leathers released a colorful collection of performance textiles called Allora. Inspired by the ​​sun-touched palette of a Tuscan landscape, the sophisticated assortment spans 13 colorways ranging from soft grassy green Jade Garden to the terracotta-hued Toasted Caramel, all of which are finished in a state-of-the-art stain- and wear-resistant topcoat formulated by Crypton.

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