Showroom: For Moz, Textiles Inspire a New Collection

Moz's new range of metal surfaces, The Graphix Collection, was inspired by textile designs. For Loom, a traditional ikat was transformed into a stunning, modern application. Image courtesy Moz Designs.

Moz’s new range of metal surfaces, The Graphix Collection, was inspired by textile designs. For Loom, a traditional ikat was transformed into a stunning, modern application. Image courtesy Moz Designs.

Moz’s newest release, the Graphix Collection of decorative metal surfaces takes its cues from fashion and home design. That the new collection bears more than a small resemblence to classic fabric patterns is in no small part due to the input of Kelley Sanford, a senior designer at Moz, who comes from the world of textile design.

“There’s a natural connection between reflective metal surfaces and classic textile patterns,” Sanford explains, so the transition from fabric to metal was generally smooth sailing. Her first collection for Moz, a line of neutrals, came out about a year ago and taught her the finer points of designing on metal—how colors change and react on the material, for example.

With a solid base of knowledge, Sanford and the team at Moz began exploring with other ideas. “We didn’t know what the new collection was going to look like,” she reports. “It developed out of a process—through prototyping and trying different types of design.” With the collection fleshed out, it took more experiments to achieve the desired, textile-like effects. It took a long time to get the desired effect, since “how they look like on paper,” says Sanford, “isn’t how it will necessarily look on metal.”

The final result of Moz’s process is the Graphix Collection of eight designs, all in an array of colors (custom colors are also available). “We highlighted patterns from all over the globe,” notes Sanford, ranging from the simple line-and-dot Cosmos design to the more elaborate patterns of Serpentine and Loom, inspired by snakeskin and ikats, respectively. “We updated them for the industry,” she points out. The designs are available for all of Moz’s products.

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