Holly Lester, Bentley’s textile specialist, is a big believer in the benefits of creative expression – and she has numerous outlets for it that feed her appreciation of textiles and design. We asked Holly to tell us more: about what inspires her, how she connects her profession with her passions, and why she finds herself “so lucky” to love what she does.
Inspiration is everywhere. But it’s people who intrigue and influence us most – especially those who are so passionate about what they do and why they do it that it’s contagious. You can’t help but be moved. At Bentley we surround ourselves with people just like this. Often purposefully, but sometimes, by chance. Being part of the big but small world of design is helpful in that way. But we like to think being in Los Angeles gives us an added edge.
The systematic shift away from overly perfected or curated design continues into 2017. It coincides with a major movement within the creative community toward more artisan, handcrafted approaches to products and interiors. But the phenomenon isn’t just about design. It’s about life and business, too. We’re craving authenticity – and even commercial carpet is responding to the call.
Texture and color are two of the most important tools in every designer’s toolbox. Unfortunately, in most design projects, you typically sacrifice one to achieve the other. Not anymore. Make your interiors sing – or whisper – with the transformative yarn composition and limited color choices of our latest carpet tile: Disruptor™ + Teleport™.
Tis the season for new year predictions. Right now, the design world is all abuzz about the color palettes expected to define 2017. Paint powerhouses Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore recently named their colors of the year: Poised Taupe, a weathered neutral, and Shadow, a moody amethyst. But it’s the pick from the color forecasting authority Pantone that really has us talking.
Art and design surrounds us. Both influence us in more ways than we’ll ever know – our thinking, our decisions, our mood. And each is at the heart of so much of what we do here at Bentley, from product design to marketing collateral. Yet, many would argue that art and design are distinct crafts, unique in form and function so we thought we’d take a closer look at both.
Inspiration isn’t a scientific process; it’s seated in personal perspective. And often, it’s found in unexpected places. Bentley’s product designers are a testament to this; the inspirations behind our carpet styles are as diverse – and as interesting – as they are. A cross-country drive provided the vision for New Bohemian. Hidden, forgotten and reinvented places in and around L.A. gave (los)t angeles its grit meets glamour vibe.
Millennials are officially the largest generation of the U.S. labor force, and they’re reshaping everything about work – from how it’s defined to where it gets done. The concept of the physical “office” is evolving for sure, but it will never cease to exist, even as flex-time schedules and freelancer gigs become the norm.
Say hello to Libby Cook, Bentley’s Director of Product Development Operations, otherwise known as our Trendcaster. With a textile design education and background, Libby worked for various West Coast interiors and garment fabric companies for a few years before transitioning to the carpet industry in the late 1980s.
Runway trends influence all aspects of life – from the clothes we wear and the accessories we choose, to how we design our homes and outfit our workspaces. Carpet style is no exception. At Bentley, we’ve long subscribed to the mantra that carpet is fashion for the floor. It’s no longer solely utilitarian. Sure, it needs to perform. But it also needs to inspire. Take a peek at a few trends that are defining the world of fashion – and guiding some of the latest designs in contract carpet.