Last Tuesday my textiles class had a site visit at an interior design showroom. This was my first visit to a to the trade showroom and it was really interesting. Designers Only is only open to design professionals who register with them and they carry medium to high end furnishings and fabrics. We got a tour of the showroom and learned a lot about the different lines they carry. We also got to see a sample of their most expensive fabric: a tiger print silk-velvet that, at the designer discount, costs $2800/yard. Crazy! One of the best parts though was the gift bag we got on the way out!
They gave us a nice gift bag from Clarence House with booklets from all the different companies with info about their products. We also got some Ralph Lauren pencils and a Ralph Lauren notepad, a Scalamandre tape measurer, some fabric samples and some furniture samples, as well as a nice box from Scalamandre to store all our samples.
I know that some people would consider the showroom incredibly boring but for an aspiring interior designer like me it was pretty exciting. I can’t wait to start shopping for clients at the showrooms!