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Creating during Isolating – New York Style

Even before it was a global trend, interior designer Michael Tavano believed that interior aesthetics should extend to the exterior and he’s a huge fan of using outdoor fabrics to achieve it.  Michael designs outdoor spaces that evoke a luxurious and comforting ambiance, encouraging people to gather, dine and relax outside. 

“The Mokum fabrics are so lush you would never guess they were solution-dyed. The hand is so soft and welcoming,” says Michael.  “From a fabrication standpoint the fabric is beautiful to work with.  Most typical velvet you can’t steam and with this fabric looks so much like a silk velvet it’s a great benefit. That would be especially true for interiors, too.”



Located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Claverack, New York, Michael and his partner Lloyd decided it was time to freshen the upholstery in their existing outdoor living area. The garden space is designed for entertaining large and small groups of people.  Panoramic views of the gardens, woods, creek and their wildflower field creates an intimate setting that allows one to sit back and unwind.

The key aspects of the design were for a lush, modern look and velvet was top of mind as it always accomplishes this brief.  Michael and Lloyd are the owners of two gorgeous dogs, Brisbee and Bartley, so key to the brief was to find an outdoor fabric suitable for the faithful duo as well as kids and guests, so durability and longevity were important factors.  Due to its spectacular performance attributes, striking appearance and color options, Michael was inspired by Mokum’s South Beach velvet to recover the chaises where he often loves to relax. 

What drew Michael to this particular Mokum fabric was the color. “You would never guess that it was outdoor fabric.  And the colors are in that great super-saturated realm that’s so hot right now.  The stripe was fun to play with, and achieved the modern aesthetic I desired.” 

Michael created an innovative cushion design concept using the stripe fabric, showing how versatile Mokum’s South Beach velvets can be.  Michael was thrilled with how the fabric was easy to work with.  “As a lover of fabric, I’m always trying to create something new. I was inspired by the stripes to create pillows that would pop on the chaise lounge cushions rather than blend in.  I created something geometric from the stripe. It also reminds me of an interpretation of the Union Jack,” states Michael.

Design and photos: @michaeltavano #michaeltavanodesign

Mokum South Beach: @mokumstudio @hollyhuntdesign