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Fusion Cocoon - Creating comfort via textiles

Now more than ever, home is where we need to feel a sense of security.

Creating a home that welcomes and nurtures us is a true treasure. Textiles can be used to evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort. Layering soft textures, tactile surfaces, padded form and serene, muted colour will allow one to cocoon and nest, creating a sense of sanctuary within the home.  

Cocoon by James Dunlop offers sophistication through simplicity with textiles inspired by organic texture and nostalgic craft. The range feels both familiar and fresh, with a curated palette of timeless neutrals and gently coloured pastels perfectly suited to sit within minimalist, modern architecture or traditional spaces. 

To use the textiles within Fusion Cocoon successfully in your home, pay close attention to colour, texture and functionality.

Colour 

Shades of warm blush pink and antiqued mauve are present in both drapery and upholstery constructions within Fusion Cocoon. These colours resonate immediately with our sub conscious, eliciting a subtle sense of calmness within interior spaces. Ensure you use muted colours that blend cohesively with grounding neutrals for a relaxing ambiance.
 
Use sophisticated tones of baked peach, sand, and nature-inspired soft blues and greens to enhance a sense of wellbeing, bringing an essence of the outdoors in. Amplify any one of these colours with layers of diluted tones in ivory or linen hues to soften and break up the colour injection.

Fusion Cocoon Vision Board from the James Dunlop design studio

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Mist

Texture

Adding layers of soft texture will create a sense of luxury and depth to interior spaces. Envelop your senses with a variety of different weaves across cushions, curtains and upholstery. Experimenting with different surface texture, across both soft and hard furnishings, allows you to create interest through contrasting and complementary textures, even if your palette is void of bright colour. Interesting weaves invite touch and elicit a calming sense of security.

The use of semi sheer drapery provides a sense of privacy and soft movement at the window, whilst allowing dappled light to enter the room. Additionally, playing with textured weaves will cast delicate reflective shadows, enhancing the space with this attention to detail.

Tone on tone pattern enables a sense of texture and subtle design whilst maintaining a serene aesthetic.

Use raw and natural elements to juxtapose your soft textiles. Adding stone, wood, rattan, ceramic and woollen area rugs to a space will create an earthy and layered environment. These natural elements speak to the soft, nature inspired tones in the Fusion Cocoon collection and are another way to bring the outdoors in. 

The constructions within Fusion Cocoon were influenced by nostalgic craft and celebrates artisanal workmanship through the soft embellishment of embroidery, faux needlework, knitted weave and fringing. Play with edging and trimming to add energy to cushions, curtains, lamp shades and upholstery. A plain fabric can be made really dynamic and enticing through added detailing. Try including exposed selvedges on the edges of your cushions, contrast hems on your curtains or bold blanket stitching or tuck pleats on your upholstery. 

Fusion Cocoon Vision Board from the James Dunlop design studio

Functionality

Our homes are a multi-tasking environment so specifying textiles with durable, practical compositions will prove helpful. We want to live confidently on our textiles, so we need to know that they are fit for purpose.

In New Zealand and Australia we experience particularly high levels of damaging UV sunlight. Natural fibres such as linen and cotton are particularly susceptible to UV damage, however over time all textiles will fade, just as the bricks, the paint and the roof on the outside of your house will! The use of a quality lining can significantly increase the lifespan of your textiles, by protecting them from harsh UV exposure, but not only that, a lining will also assist in temperature regulation which helps to reduce energy consumption, win win!

See our articles on UV here and on linings here.
 
Fusion Cocoon includes a balanced offering of natural and synthetic compositions to ensure versatility in specification options. Mindful, Timeless and Refraction are all stunning new wide width drapery qualities which are predominately synthetic – offering you drapery solutions which are both pretty nad highly practical.

James Dunlop’s latest chenille upholstery, Nestle, offers incredible softness and dimension in a practical 100% synthetic composition. This divine quality encourages us to recline, rest and nestle into this sumptuous and snuggle textile. 

It will pair back brilliantly with the subtle weaves and softly detailed designs from the earlier Fusion collection, allowing you to build a base of dimensional weaves for maximum impact, enhanced with accessories and details for interest.

Fusion Cocoon Vision Board from the James Dunlop design studio

Colourfastness is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, Seam Slippage) that we are covering to provide some background as to how we test and why. 

Test results provide us with critical information about textile’s durability and suitability for certain applications. We externally test all James Dunlop and Mokum textiles in Melbourne at a highly reputable laboratory who are amongst the most conservative and stringent in the world, due to the extremely harsh environmental conditions we face here in Australia and New Zealand.

We have gathered a number of frequently asked questions relating to colourfastness so we asked our Mokum studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.