Cheryl has a love for fabric design as it merges creativity, color and technicality in perfect combination.
As Director of Design for Bella Home Furnishing Cheryl brings over 25 years of experience in jacquard design and product development as well as in depth knowledge of manufacturing and production. Collaborating with inspired minds is the impetus to creating a well merchandised line full of exciting constructions with a variety of pattern, texture and color. Cheryl has had her own design consulting company for 10 years and has also worked for Quaker Fabric and Sunbury Textile Mill in the past. She holds a B.S. in Textile Design from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and an A.A.S. in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Cheryl resides in San Pedro, California.
Pamela Conti Fonger
Pamela Conti Fonger With a passion for color, pattern and texture. Pam has enjoyed bringing textiles to the home for over 30 years.
With strengths in trend forecasting, color and jacquard design she has been a major contributor for companies such as Victor Group, Quaker Fabric Corporation and Guilford of Maine/True Textiles
She has a BFA in Textile Design from, University of Massachusetts, Darthmouth and studied Interior Design at Rhode Island School of Design
BellaHome Design Trend 2016-2017
As we move into the second half of 2016, we look back to reflect the influences that has brought us here. The political scene, the reestablishing of world economies, and our shift to live responsibly in a cleaner world, has all influenced our day to day aesthetic. The three major categories that define the BellaHome product line are: Transitional, Modern, and Texture
Our traditions are changing and so has the Traditional collections that have had such a stronghold in the past. Now the Traditional category has dissolved and reemerged as a Transitional Casual Lifestyle category, that embraces ease of living in a complex world. The home is still the essential retreat that encourages creative environments that promotes happiness, but also a peaceful getaway. The Lifestyle category encompasses easy patterns that have a transitional vibe, are collectively eclectic, and are clean in color. Bright pure colors, such as indigos and vegetable dyes are once again emerging and are capturing the retail consumer. Icy whisper colors, coupled with soft neutrals, target the high end furniture manufacturers. Clean grounds with interesting weave affects that emulate a modeled look, worn, tattered, frayed, unstructured, and deconstructed all relate to the moving of this Transitional Lifestyle category. Although this category is built on clarity of color and construction, we are starting to see novelty yarns play a role in this line of consumer goods to the market.
As technology catapults us to the next centuries, the new Modern category, slows down time a bit, by embracing the mid-century modern motifs and textures of the past and breathing new life into them with constructions that push the limits of novelty and texture, as well as keep the clean lines that still defines this movement. This category takes the place of Contemporary, by keeping some of the accent colorations bright, where the main players are an array of shades of gray and the unwavering neutral base of light creams to deep umber browns. Tweedy textures with novelty slubs and boucle’s play a major role in this category. Mixes of fiber content, tight weaves, heavy weave affects contrast the linear qualities of this category.
Consumer awareness is pivotal as the information age is stretching the limits to bring the internet and live information far beyond the limits of television just a half century ago. With this, consumers have learned that they can change their environment quickly by changing accents in their living room. With this, Textures have and will remain a staple within the design world, upholstery or otherwise. Textures with complex weave structures of heavy chenille, fine chenille, of various components, mixed with rayon slubs, novelty warps, boucle’s, shiny, matte, dry, and natural fiber, has become a stable upon which all interchangeable accents rest. Texture is the consumer preferred covering of a sofa, sectional, loveseat, chair or ottoman. Interchanging the components of the sofa with jacquard pillow accents, chair accent fabric, and ottoman accent fabric, offers diversity, and flexibility for the consumer to customize their living room suite. This also offers the consumer the opportunity to minimally invest in freshening up the living space by changing out the accents. As we study the consumer behavior, the consummer looks to us for directio for their inspired aesthetic.
Globally, a primary concern for consumers is the health impact and safety of products they bring into their homes. We are a Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified manufacturer insuring that our products contain no hazardous chemicals that can affect the health of the consumer or our workforce. As the consumer expectations for textiles that come in contact with their skin increases, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 as the dominate player in the field of textiles offers optimal guidance in terms of human ecology.
While synthetic and artificial fibers continue to play a dominate roll in upholstery fabrics, we are incorporating more blended yarns with natural fibers in our products. Fibers such as linen and cotton have their own aesthetic giving the fabrics a natural feel while not compromising on wear performance. Linen has natural ventilation making the fabrics cooler to the touch and more comfortable to sit in. These natural fibers are renewable and not carbon based which is important particularly in our Asian markets, where air and water pollution related to carbon based fuels, is a grave concern.
It is our responsibility as global citizens, to do what we can to improve the environment and sustainability of raw materials for our neighbors as well as ourselves.