You may not recognize the name, but you’ve seen his graphic pillows and plates in dozens of shelter magazines. A native New Yorker born in the Bronx, Thomas Paul first worked on textiles as an intern for DKNY after graduating from FIT (New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology).
He became inspired to use the rich patterns you could produce in silk on home textiles while working as a colorist and designer focused on men’s ties at a silk mill. He first started with colorful pillows, then branched out to a line that includes rugs, throws, lighting, paper goods, melamine plates, and even shower curtains.
I love his unusual motifs from nature (like an oversized octopus or a blowfish) and the punch of color in his patterned pieces. His designs complement a variety of interiors: coastal, midcentury modern, traditional, transitional, bohemian, even Hollywood Regency.
Compared to other designer accessories made from similar materials, Paul’s pieces are much more affordable. I’ve included a small collection of his pieces below, his entire range can be seen in online catalogs on his website.
Design Public $90
2 Modern $60
Velocity Art and Design $350 for 3’x5′
Design Public $1402 8′ round
Burke Decor $120
All Modern $18