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Visit to the Michigan Design Center – Part III

I can’t believe we are almost to the end of our week long series on my visit to the Michigan Design Center.  But fear not – with 30+ showrooms, there is still much more to cover and discuss.  So let’s get started!  My topic of focus in this posting will be fabric exhibits.  It is one element that is almost always part of any design.  Whether it’s the window treatments, pillows, sofa, bed coverings, fabric plays an important roll in the overall scheme of interior design.

I began my visit at Rozmallin where I met Dawn Tennant, Showroom Manager.  She was extremely accommodating and informative about the layout of her showroom and the fabric lines her company represents.  It was no surprise that she is also a Design Professor at Baker College in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The walls are lined with endless amounts of fabrics.  Some of the lines include Clarence House, Peter Fasano, and Motif just to name a few.

She even took the time to show me her sample stockroom which was extensive and very well organized.  As we chatted, she provided me with gorgeous brochures from various suppliers Rozmallin deals with.  I was quite fortunate to receive these brochures as I imagine that only retailers and designers generally have access to them.

Aside from carrying fabrics, Rozmallin also sells wallcoverings, handmade French iron chandeliers by Ironware International, and furniture by Farmhouse Collection.  The bed above just happens to be one of the beds on display from the Farmhouse Carondolet Collection.  Thank you Dawn for the wonderful tour – I would love to come back and visit again!

Duralee happen to be another fabric showroom filled with colorful fabrics and wallpapers.

They have a well organized resource center and are quick to find what clients are looking for.  While taking my photos, a client had called in looking for an item seen in House Beautiful magazine.  The staff quickly looked up the issue and immediately hunted down the item.

I was told they have the largest collection of wallpapers on display (take a look above).  The wallpaper display seems to go on forever.

My final stop was at Tennant & Associates, a well established fabric showroom.  I spent quite a bit of time with the owner as he explained the layout and design of his showroom (which is 19 years old and still looks so current and beautiful).  “Good design is timeless”, he said.  We talked about how he went to architecture school, the military, and finally how he landed in the design business.

There were so many fabric – contemporary, transitional, and traditional.  The polka dot fabric above is by Tessuti Uno.  He also told me about the legendary Jim Thompson Fabrics line.  I found the history (and unsolved mystery) to be so interesting that I did additional research that evening.  Through my investigation, I found a book on it here.

Tomorrow will be the last of a week long series on the Michigan Design Center.  Come back and join me again!

Images:  House of Many Hues

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