If your office is anything like ours, the 2018 Winter Olympics are a hot topic around the metaphorical office water cooler. Seeing each country walk into the opening ceremony, proudly waving their often brightly colored and highly patterned flags reminded us of the beautiful patchwork of color, texture and design that makes up all the cultures of our world. This inspired the SR/A team to look further into each of our own heritages. Each team member was tasked with selecting a finish material or design item that reminded them of their personal country of heritage. The results? We give our team a 10 out of 10 for creativity, but check out the selections below and you be the judge!
Brendan Horman, Certified Interior Designer
This striped fabric from Maharam reminds me of colorful textiles found throughout West Africa. The combination of several bright colors all together in one pattern, plus the silky texture make this fabric something very similar to what you would see used in traditional Guinea dress.
Lyle Ganz, Associate
When I think of Germany the first thing that comes to mind is lederhosen. Though today we consider lederhosen festival attire, it was actually once traditional workwear in Germany. These two fabrics from Maharam with their rich earth colors are very reminiscent of what you would see used for this traditional German garb.
Jennie Crouch, Certified Interior Designer & Brand Coordinator
Though I’ve never been, Ireland in my mind is a country with beautiful green fields and rolling hills. This shag rug from Jaipur invokes that lush landscape. I also think of the famous song “When the Irish Eyes are Shining.” When my Irish grandmother turned 100 several years ago, we played this song at her birthday celebration. The metallic effect of these tiles from Brilliant Surfaces could just as easily be a twinkle in a Irish eye.
Abigail Youngstrom, Staff Designer
This Persian Cowhide Rug is designed, made and assembled by a vendor in the United Kingdom. I chose this piece because I love the way that the classical themes and formal subject matters are used in unexpected ways to create a sense of wonder.
Jessica Whitehurst, Design Intern
I selected two tartan-inspired textiles in dark blue – the color of the Scottish flag. The blue, yellow and black plaid from Stroheim feels more traditional, while the navy and gold metallic from Lebatex resembles a plaid in a more modern variation.
Jessica Watts, Associate
I chose material selections inspired by the national flag. If you look closely, the black and white wallpaper from Flavor Paper has a modern dragon motif and the other materials, including green and white wallpaper from Bradley, rich red fabrics from Architex and Kvadrat and patterned tile from Fireclay, reflect the colors and spirit of the vibrant flag.
Maddy Owens, Marketing Intern
The country of Wales is said to contain more castles per square mile than any other country in the world, which is why I selected this tile from Pantheon. It reminds me of the plethora of stone work you’ll see across the country. This green velvet from Maxwell reminds me of the mountains that also make up Wales’ landscape. The texture of the fabric also brings to mind the elegance of the noble families who resided in Wales’ castles.
Sean Saidi, Principal
I am inspired by the bold strokes and rich history of Islamic and Persian architecture which can be found throughout Iran. This scallop tile from Fireclay reminds me of those graceful shapes and forms. The bold green and red fabrics from Maharam represent the Iranian flag. I also had to mention this antique copper food warmer which we have on display at La Collection. It brings to mind memories of traditional family feasts.
Sabine Roy, President & CEO
The colors of my birth country’s flag are represented as vibrant hues in these felt wall panels from Turf Designs. We discovered this vintage Marianne medallion at an antique show and I fell in love. The hints of gold, all but worn off, give an air of glamour to this beautiful representation of France’s national symbol.