Outdoor textiles have been the neglected product area for outdoors. I have hardly seen any innovations since the beginning of the boom in outdoor designs. I have yet to meet someone really inquisitive or ambitious about them. That’s why I love the work developed by designers like Deborah Sommers who really understand the concept of the outdoor room and how textiles can add to the party. She understands some rooms might be ugly or difficult ugly (like a dark patio enclosed between tall buildings) and some are naturally beautiful and all you have to do is maximize those positive assets or mask the negative ones.
I think these four designs from her collection of textile banners can only invite us to rethink and expect more from outdoor textiles. They can add color, glam and humor…and what a great winter solution when nature is enjoying a little time out.