‘Discovering World Design’ with Joe Ruggiero

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    September 06, 2016

‘Discovering World Design’ with Joe Ruggiero



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With a unique ability to create sophisticated environments that balance aspiration with attainability, home décor authority Joe Ruggiero taps into his world travels for inspiration. During the October High Point Market, Ruggiero’s showroom at The MT Company will showcase his Sunbrella® textile designs in globally-inspired vignettes, dubbed ‘Discovering World Design.’

“My parents had a great love for architecture and design and encouraged me to travel from a young age,” Ruggiero said. “My aesthetic is rooted in my travels, giving a nod to the past and look to the future. I draw inspiration from around the world for my fabric and furnishing designs and I look forward to sharing my perspective in High Point.”

A serene welcoming awaits visitors as they are greeted by a Japanese-inspired bedroom vignette showcasing pattern Kinza in colorway Wren. Kinza highlights an Ikat pattern throughout – similar to a distressed herringbone – creating an intriguing optical effect. A pop of solid green in Canvas Parrott and Canvas Macaw is balanced by menswear-inspired patterns Visions and Romeo.

Ruggiero shares his affinity for French culture with a seating area that captures the spirit of France. Featuring Azore in colorway Mist, the room is cast with a soft, watercolor-like shade of blue. Chipper, a fretwork-inspired pattern, and Huntsman, a soft, luxurious chenille, round out this grouping.

Indigo – one of the oldest dyes to be used for art and textile dyeing – has been a strong element in home décor worldwide. Ruggiero is inspired by this deep, sophisticated color, incorporating a number of playful patterns into a living space in the showroom. Wire, a simplistic, honeycomb design with a soothing repeat, Slash, a new take on traditional plaid with a pattern that appears to be slashed into the fabric, and Kinza Indigo give this vignette a casual, yet refined, feeling.

Inspired by the German Bauhaus movement – heavily shaped by modernism – Ruggiero uses shades of gray and off white along with textural interest to create a contemporary living space. Azore in colorway Slate adds a touch of softness while modular upholstered seating creates clean lines in this vignette.

Finally, acknowledging classic Americana, a living space fit for George and Martha Washington features a family portrait that sets the tone for this traditional space. Tailored, a fabric inspired by menswear tweed using chenille fiber for a luxurious feel, in colorway Smoke gives the room a masculine-feeling, while a classic cocktail and wing chair complete this historic tribute.

“Design is universal, but to bring together high-end design, luxurious texture and performance is an extraordinary thing,” Ruggiero said. “My fabrics combine design and performance so you always get the fade resistance, easy care and bleach cleanability that Sunbrella is known for.”

Ruggiero will showcase ‘Discovering World Design’ during High Point Market October 22-26 in The MT Company showroom located on the second floor of 311 N. Hamilton Street in High Point.