Above the Fold

This South End furniture designer seamlessly incorporates pleated fabrics into her designs.

debra folz south end design chair

Photo by Dave Bradley

South End furniture designer Debra Folz became so obsessed with pleats that she recently decided to incorporate the age-old technique into her own work. So she hopped a plane to Paris and purchased yards of stiffly folded silk gazar from a man who uses traditional methods to make pleated fabrics for big-name fashion houses. Back in Boston, Folz enlisted local company PolyFab to produce clear acrylic chair frames, onto which she hand-sews the bright gazar. “Traditionally, textiles and embroidery are viewed as an adornment to furniture pieces,” she says, “and this collection is really about reversing that and creating a structure to celebrate the fabrics themselves.” This color-blocked perch is certainly worth celebrating, n’est-ce pas?

“Marguerite” silk-gazar and acrylic chair, $4,800, Debra Folz Design Studio, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, 516-429-2273, debrafolz.com.