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     Cosmos Club - Washington, D.C.

 

award winning wall fabric work

















We proudly present our award-winning  work at Washington, D.C.s' prestigious Cosmos Club              

The Cosmos Club stands as "the closest thing to a social headquarters for Washington's intellectual elite."  We are proud to have been commissioned to provide quality work to the Powell Room. 

Description:  The method of applying fabric to walls used in this project is reminiscent of late 1800 and early 1900s' design, and demands exacting standards. "This installation demonstrated incredible coordination - everything had to be stretched and installed to perfection," according to 
executive vice president Jeff Martello of Kfoury Construction Company

"This installation demonstrated incredible coordination - everything had to be stretched and installed to perfection."
"To create a frame on which to hang the fabric, Luan stripping was installed around the room," Martello explains. Luan is thin, flexible wood, which can be easily bent around archways and curves. "Working around the large bronze wall sconces, archways, and inset wall niches made the job especially difficult."

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To create a pillowing effect, a batten of Dacron was fastened over the wall surfaces.  Then a linen liner was stretched over that to
"smooth" the Dacron.  Finally, the fabric was stretched over the liner and secured with special gritted-teeth staples. Exposed staples were hidden with braid glued to the fabric.

The fabric is a deep gold silk pattern with decorative accents featuring a variety of images, from flowers to crowns to cups, all in an 18th-century style. Because the fabric comes in 54-inch widths, walls had to be measured and the silk carefully positioned in advance, so craftsmen would know how to sew it together so the pattern would stay consistent around the room.

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