Legendary textile company Jim Thompson joins fellow design industry icon Michael Taylor in opening a new, co-branded showroom at New York City’s Decoration & Design Building. Bringing together Jim Thompson’s full range of fabrics, trims, and wallcoverings–including those of its sister lines, No.9 Thompson and Studio B, as well as its recent acquisition, British textile company Fox Linton–and Michael Taylor’s classic-modern furnishings, the 1,800-square-foot, to-the-trade showroom offers designers the opportunity to shop both iconic brands side by side. “We are thrilled to be embarking on this new showroom with Michael Taylor and believe both brands complement one another,” said Chad Holman, Managing Director, Global Home Furnishings at Jim Thompson.
Both companies share a heritage of integrity, quality, and design innovation, making the joint showroom a natural fit. A passionate supporter of Thailand’s textile traditions, the late Jim Thompson, the company’s founder and namesake, is credited with introducing Thai silk to a global audience in the mid-twentieth century, encouraging its use in high end womenswear and home furnishings. One of Thompson’s earliest designer clients was the great American decorator, Billy Baldwin, who selected a vibrant yellow Jim Thompson silk for use as curtains in his much photographed Amster Yard apartment–just one of the many examples of the timelessness and versatility of Jim Thompson fabrics, which continue to be handwoven in Thailand using time honored methods.
Design legend Michael Taylor was a visionary in his own right, conceiving one of the late twentieth century’s most original design styles: the so-called California Look. Inspired by the easygoing atmosphere and the natural beauty of his home state, the San Francisco based designer popularized relaxed, upholstered furniture and rough-hewn design elements that appeared borrowed from Mother Nature, ultimately changing the course of American design by ushering in a new era of sophisticated, casual living. An industry leader decades after its founder’s death, Michael Taylor Collections continues to manufacture Taylor’s renowned furniture designs.
As remarkable as both companies’ histories may be, they continue to be forward-thinking while still respecting their pasts. “We are established brands that have maintained strong core messages, but we are also eagerly embracing the future of this industry,” remarked Holman. “With our new showroom at the D&D, we are excited to see what comes next.” The companies’ relationship extends to Jim Thompson’s multi-line Atlanta showroom, which now carries Michael Taylor Collections along with other represented lines, including Holly Hunt collections, Pierre Frey fabrics, Assemblage wallpapers and Hellman-Chang.
D & D Building #1640,
979 Third Avenue,