Stacy Garcia

Stacy Garcia

The arena of product design is both fiercely competitive and highly demanding, requiring tremendous focus, creativity, and an innate talent for forecasting. Like the designers their products serve, these creatives need to have both a strong right and left brain to achieve success. A deep technical knowledge and expertise in contract specification is critical. Stellar product design pro, Stacy Garcia, is at the top of this game, creating an array of brilliant products that are being widely specified in every sector of contract design. She’s also one of the kindest and most fun people we know, and that good karma seems to emanate from her designs, imbuing interiors with a distinctive, lively spirit.

Her line of Crypton-powered textiles called Composition is just such a collection. It bears her hallmark of combining a global perspective with a sophisticated, fashion-centric edge. Super-fierce geometrics recall classic themes such as argyle in a modern way. These dovetail with patterns that have a timeless look that could as easily have been inspired by natural phenomena such as honeycomb or flame as by technology (binary code) or handcraft (brush strokes). We’re guessing her influences include all of these touch points. Her fresh twist on the familiar is what makes these designs resonate.

Stacy Garcia's lively argyle-esque Geometry pattern in eight color ways, from the Composition Collection.

Stacy Garcia’s lively argyle-esque Geometry pattern in eight color ways, from the Composition Collection.

Ms. Garcia is a successful creative entrepreneur and founder of multiple business enterprises: LebaTex, Inc., a distinctive textile supplier and Stacy Garcia, Inc., a licensing firm and design house. With brands like Stacy Garcia Commercial, Stacy Garcia | New York, and Stay by Stacy Garcia, she has partnered with some of the world’s leading manufacturers to create products that span from floor-to-ceiling in resorts and homes all over the world. Stacy says, “LebaTex is bringing to the commercial market a unique mix of style and performance with its collection of drapery and upholstery fabrics. They produce a well-rounded offering of Stacy Garcia Textiles with high-quality performance finishes like INCASE fabric protection by Crypton.” The fabrics are offered exclusively to the trade through D.L. Couch, Eykon Design Resources, TRI-KES and LebaTex.

Left: Geometry, Contour, Woodcut and Airbrush patterns in the blue green family. Right: Fresco is offered in jewel tones, hot brights and cool neutrals.

Left: Geometry, Contour, Woodcut and Airbrush patterns in the blue green family. Right: Fresco is offered in jewel tones, hot brights and cool neutrals.

Looking at her work, it isn’t hard to see why Stacy was voted one of the 10 leading voices in the hospitality industry and was honored by ASID for Design Excellence. Her work has been featured in many publications designers turn to for product recommendations, including Interior Design, Boutique Design, New York Spaces, LUXE, Rue Daily and Architectural Digest. If you haven’t already, you’ll probably get an opportunity to see Stacy on a design panel one of these days soon. Internationally renowned, she is highly sought out for her forecasting expertise and is an industry tastemaker.  She’s also a sometime-journalist, spreading her infectious enthusiasm for design via her blog, videos and online magazine: Life-Styled. We at Crypton are big fans, and look forward to many future collaborations.

Five patterns from the Stacy Garcia Composition Collection in one of contract design's most in-demand colors: grey.

Five patterns from the Stacy Garcia Composition Collection in one of contract design’s most in-demand colors: grey.

Designers, if you’ve specified the Composition Collection or any Stacy Garcia textiles with INCASE fabric protection, we’d love to see a photo of your work! We might even ask if we can feature it in our blog.

Product photos in this post courtesy Stacy Garcia Textiles. Stacy Garcia portrait as seen in Life-Styled magazine, spring 2017.


Stain resistant Crypton fabric

Try designing an office without accounting for coffee spills. Whatever commercial space you’re designing, cleaning coffee is no worry.

Architects and designers tell us that in their contract projects, one of the most frequent questions from the client side involves not aesthetics, not even facility planning or engineering, but rather maintenance schedules. Specifiers who want to generate repeat business make it their job to build in as many high-performing, low-maintenance design choices as possible. And from high-tech tile to washable paint and stain-resistant fabrics, they are getting better, more beautiful and even greener all the time.

Some people think that of all the finishes in a commercial project, fabrics are the most perishable. This is far from true. In fact, we’ve seen many cases where our fabric has outlasted the furniture itself. The first thing we recommend you tell your clients about Crypton for their peace of mind is to remember the performance attributes of Crypton stay in place for the life of the fabric. They can’t wear off, wash off or rub off, so Crypton never stops performing.

Giving your clients the scoop on keeping their Crypton fabrics performing spotlessly is simple. Most liquids will simply roll off and can easily be blotted with a clean cloth. For spots and stains that linger longer than a second or two, your clients just need to know the simple steps for spot cleaning.

SPOT CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

The spot cleaning method of stain removal can be used for most light to medium stains:

  1. Before spot-cleaning, blot up liquids on the surface with a clean, soft towel and brush off any loose dirt.
  2. Prepare a cleaning solution of 1/4 tsp mild enzyme detergent, such as Tide®, Woolite® or Dawn® dishwashing liquid, per 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  3. Apply the cleaning solution to the affected area using a spray bottle.
  4. Work the solution into the affected area by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or soft-bristle brush. Make sure to work from the outside of the stain inward so as not to spread the stain, and rinse your sponge or brush frequently.
  5. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  6. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue, as residue will attract dirt. Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 if needed.
  8. Allow fabric to air-dry.

If you still have questions, or should your clients come to you with a really tough cleaning question, we’re always at the ready. The Crypton Care department is available to provide advice, tips, Crypton cleaning products and complete contract specification support services. Call 800.CRYPTON (2797866) or email cryptoncare@crypton.com for help between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. Chances are we can solve your tough cleaning problem on the spot, as it were.


Clockwise from top right: Coexist, Knowledge, Inspire, Lennon, Presence and Coalesce patterns from the Architex Believing Collection.

Fabrics clockwise from top right: Coexist, Knowledge, Inspire, Lennon, Presence and Coalesce patterns from the Architex Believing Collection.

Designers looking for some instant karma of the good variety for their next project will discover it offered up imaginatively in the latest collection of Crypton contract fabrics by renowned maker Architex. The 69-item BELIEVING collection tells a series of design stories inspired by the concept of global unity. According to Architex Marketing and Product Director Lauren Williams, “With the constant reminders of that which divides us all in the world, this collection aims to remind us to take a pause to remember at our core we are all the same. We are all humans who have hopes and dreams of love and laughter – but more importantly of freedom, of equality, of peace, of tolerance and of understanding.”

Among the things that can unite humans are architecture and design. The Architex design team took photos of key places: communities, architectural marvels and memorials with symbolic significance. From the edited photos came sketches, which were then translated into nine patterns, each in multiple color palettes. Says Ms. Williams, “Every motif represents a place where humans come together and connect face to face–creating instances where the beliefs in our similarities outshine our differences.”

L-R: Coexist, Kindred, Community and Lennon patterns from the Architex Believing Collection.

L-R: Coexist, Kindred, Community and Lennon patterns from the Architex Believing Collection.

The creative stimuli range from ancient to modern. A few highlights: The moving and poetic structure of a Santiago Calatrava bridge was the source of INSPIRE, a pattern of interconnecting arcs soaring into elongated diamonds.

Inspire pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

Inspire pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

Inspired by the recently unearthed mosaic floor of a Byzantine Monastery, CHRONICLE features a pattern of intricately intertwined concentric circles that dates back to antiquity, when stone mosaics were often employed to tell stories without using language.

Chronicle pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

Chronicle pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

Design elements from a contemporary public light rail train system create the COALESCE pattern. It eloquently represents the connection and unification of people and countries. In another pattern, PRESENCE, a collection of antique watches found at the Museum for Islamic Art loosely informs a series of small, open circles. Each tiny circle indicates a precious moment of time.

Presence pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

Presence pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

The imaginative beehive structure of a Zvi Hecker apartment complex in KINDRED makes use of 720 different non-rectangular components to form a pattern that evokes stained glass windows or puzzle parts. It also speaks of neighbors and nature and how the human community is formed.

Kindred pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

Kindred pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

LENNON is a reminder of the late musician’s devotion to political activism and his dream of a world filled with love and peace. The design is a takeoff from the famous “imagine” circle at the Strawberry Fields Memorial in New York’s Central Park.

Lennon pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

Lennon pattern variations and concept art from the Architex Believing Collection

Another thing humans have in common is a need for interiors that work under the particular pressures and conditions of everyday life. This is especially true in the worldwide contract applications such as hospitality, office and healthcare where designers are specifying this collection. Woven in a polyester-acrylic blend and powered by Crypton performance, Believing fabrics are durable, cleanable and beautiful for all.

Although Architex conceived it some time ago, world events since have continued to put a finer point on the meaning of the Believing fabrics line. Turns out it is even more timely now than in its nascence. Notes Ms. Williams, “Meaningful and uplifting design is important. If we can put out any good and hopeful vibes, even in our business, if we’re able, that’s the goal.” We agree. One tribe y’all.

Are you a specifier and are planning to use any of the Architex BELIEVING fabrics in an upcoming installation? We’d love to hear about it and see a photo. Perhaps we can share your instant karma right here in this space!

All images in this post courtesy of Architex.