Meeting Tilton Fenwick’s dynamic duo Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster at the Duralee NYC Design Studio was a real treat! Selected in 2011 by TradHome as one of the Top 20 Young Designers, the women have been on the interior design fast track to success ever since. This includes a collaboration with Duralee for a new fabric collection, into which these ladies put an enormous amount of heart, soul and time. Anne became pregnant while they were working on the collection, and had her beautiful baby before it was released. ” The human gestation period is a lot shorter than the textile gestation period!” exclaimed Suysel.
Photo by Francesco Lagnese
Inspiration for the line came from a trip to Majorca, Spain with their husbands. Everything from the exotic flowers to the sun washed colors of the country were influencers. Rocat, the cornerstone pattern of their collection, reflects the essence of their hotel, Cap Rocat (once a medieval fortress), and its breath-taking landscape.
From this initial inspiration came the idea to update the look of European and French Provincial-inspired fabrics. Tilton Fenwick’s goal was to create patterns that look like they came from a variety of resources and that could work in a multitude of ways together, providing an unlimited amount of combinations.
Tilton Fenwick embodies the spirit of the young designer. They combine traditional elements in a young and fresh way and are quite social media savvy. They believe that their creative process is enriched by collaborating on all projects and sharing within the interior designer community. They even share their ideas & tradesmen! Several patterns, in fact, are named after their colleagues.
Whittaker is named for Ashley Whitaker
Gideon is named for Gideon Mendelson
Olsen is named for Nick Olsen
In our exclusive interview, Suysel and Anne shared secrets on how to achieve some of their signature looks:
1. Put Fabric on the Walls
“We love fabric on walls. It provides texture and warmth to a room.” In Suysel’s bedroom below (featured in Traditional Home), the ladies of Tilton Fenwick upholstered the walls with Armstrong in Sea Green. They recommend contacting ProSeal or The CLI Group (Custom Laminations) to help you turn a fabulous fabric into wallpaper.
2. Fabrics Can be Used in a Multitude of Ways
This sofa uses Rocat traditionally by upholstering the couch in the entire pattern, but you can also use it in different ways—The stripe in Rocat can be used as a border for a headboard, drapery or bed skirt. The pattern can even work as pillow welting or peek-a-boo interior pleats, like on the bedskirt below.
3. Details! Details! Details!
“Details are what make great design complete.” Suysel & Anne upholstered a vintage chair seat in a patterned fabric and used the same complimentary stripe that’s on the wall as an accent (sewed on the bias). They also used Buhrmaster, a solid pattern, as welting along the seat’s edges.