Renowned Design Duo Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge Bring Their Artistry to the World of Textiles
Los Angeles-based designers Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge of Felderman Keatinge & Associates have partnered with Momentum Textile Design Studio to bring a new collection of fresh textiles to the modern corporate market, which debuted at NeoCon earlier this year. Characterized by brilliant colors and patterns, the collection is deeply influenced by the couple’s distinguished careers in architecture and design, which span more than three decades.
Felderman and Keatinge were named Contract’s 2016 Designers of the Year for their boundless initiatives in sustainability and recycling, flexible office spaces, and human-centered design long before the practices became commonplace within the industry. They have consistently strove to discover what’s next in design and technology and have shaped their careers around this curiosity and drive.
Following suit with the couple’s history of innovative design, the new Felderman Keatinge Collection is exemplar in its own ways. Apart from Felderman’s distinguished career in architecture, the designer is also an accomplished artist and his personal paintings and sketches laid the foundation for each pattern in the collection.
“The collection is a complex mix and integration of color, pattern, and texture prevalent in nature and reflected in our work,” Felderman says. “It is diverse with graphic images that work together as a collection, incorporating a play of light and shadow.”
Felderman’s appreciation for the depiction of motion through color and light is especially present in two of the the five patterns: Rush-Hour and Spontaneous. Rush-Hour is a playful design that can be used both vertically and horizontally. When placed vertically, the pattern contains more architectural references while horizontally, it speaks more to motion. Spontaneous has similar influences to Rush Hour and contains complex layering of color and geometry. “As you come closer one becomes more engaged by the complexity of and variation in the weave,” says Felderman. “It invigorates the spirit.”
Another pattern, Cityscape draws influence from a previous artistic project of Felderman Keatinge & Associates—a large mural that the couple designed and commissioned for Drago Ristorante in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The pattern was created to depict motion, streets, and architectural elements.
Memory and Sight Line celebrate shape. Memory admires architectural influences with a prominence of hexagons, a homage to Buckminister Fuller’s Geodesic dome. Likewise, Sight Line incorporates the diamond pattern characteristic of a trellis into it’s motif. Additional depth was created through a play on positive and negative elements.
Finally, Traction is inspired by the bold tweeds of the ’50s with texture and retro color-influences. “Traction integrates well with all the other patterns in the collection,” says Felderman. “It is nostalgic and retro in color.”
Each pattern in the collection seeks to engage those who experience it and encourages people to express their individuality, free from the constraints of everyday rules and influences.
“The collection is meant to elevate the spirit by invigorating the senses and creating a sense of wellbeing, which is prevalent in all of our work,” Felderman says.