Arc-Com Introduces Victoria and Paxton
The Arc-Com design studio looks to Victorian Era England for inspiration for its two new high-performance, polyester velvets—Patterns Victoria and Paxton.
Pattern Paxton’s linear geometry finds its inspiration in the architectural design of London’s Crystal Palace.
The Crystal Palace was a cast iron and plate glass structure originally built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. More than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered in its 990,000 square foot exhibition space to display examples of technology developed in the Industrial Revolution. Designed by Joseph Paxton, the Great exhibition building was three times the size of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The framework of pattern Paxton is reminiscent of the complex façade of this structure.
The architectural style of the Crystal palace was Victorian, and The Great Exhibition was opened by Queen Victoria herself on May 1, 1851. Queen Victoria was married wearing lace, influencing the wedding dress style for decades.
Pattern Victoria’s modernized decorative design styling is reminiscent of the ornately patterned lace that was popular during her reign. Pattern Victoria speaks to an emerging design trend, being dubbed the “Grandmillennial Style”. Grandmillennial Style combines modern design with pieces you might expect to see in your grandmother’s home. This trend is all about younger generations who love design and décor that we might culturally view as “antiquated” or “outdated”. People often return to traditional styles to soothe the uncertainty of the world. Grandmillenial Style is also appealing because it’s affordable and eco-friendly in practice. The style hinges on antiques, which can be more affordable than buying brand new furniture.
Patterns Victoria and Paxton have achieved high performance abrasion results of 150,000, and both patterns are stocked with a stain resistant finish.