In this lavishly illustrated volume, Jack Lenor Larsen, one of America's leading fabric designers, has drawn on his vast expertise to compile an exciting international survey of current fabric design, Examining the contemporary textile scene from many angles, Larsen begins with an overview of recent design developments, then discusses various fabric applications. In a review of new trends in the contract market, he explains the importance of fabric design for offices, hotels, restaurants, stores, and institutions. The color photographs - showing a profusion of both fabric details and views of interiors - present a huge range of fabrics from all over the world and illustrate specific applications for many kinds of cloth. There is also practical information on how to order fabrics, gauge durability and colorfastness, and figure the fabric budget. From a comprehensive explanation of terms to a multitude of decorating ideas, this is an invaluable reference on how fabrics are used, as well as a unique opportunity to see what is happening in the interior furnishings industry.