Saturday, October 31, 2009

A View From My Studio

Fall has come to California but outside my studio window I still have impatiens blooming with my ivy topiaries. I am a nut for French Lattice Work and the best is from

Friday, October 30, 2009

November "What's New" Joe Ruggiero

Exciting month ahead as we launch our Gallery with great partners. Miles Talbott for upholstery; Sunbrella, kid friendly fabrics; Gat Creek, "Made in America" solid wood furniture,Craftmade lighting collection which was very well received at its' introduction; W.King Ambler, limited edition art from my own collection created on my travels, and Casa Fiora/ Sunbrella custom bedding & drapery program.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Made in America Solid Wood Furniture

I am proud to say that each piece of the Joe Ruggiero Collection wood furniture is individually crafted by artisans in West Virginia, one piece at a time. These pieces are truly collector's items and are covered by a warranty of 15 years against defects in workmanship, material or construction by Gat Creek the furniture manufacturer. Available in Appalachian Cherry, Oak or American Walnut with wood harvested from sustainable forests. Pictured here is the Xavier desk. Can be used as a hall table, bedside, desk or dressing table...even perfect for informal dining.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Beautiful Setting for a Grand Party

What a beautiful setting for a grand party to honor Norman Mailer at the Ciprianni. It really doesn't get much better than this with such an amazing space in Manhattan.

Paris Has a Birthday Party!

The Tower will celebrate 125 years and look for an incredible light show that will change daily! If you are going to or in Paris you are in for a rare treat.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Inspirations from Japan

Japanese design continues to influence many of my fabric,case goods and upholstery. The clean simple lines make for serene interiors. Sunbrella, has been able to capture many of these rich silks and tapestries from documents I have purchased in Japan...amazing!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Kids Stay in the Picture!

Or any room in the house for that matter. Not to worry, you guys no room is "off limits" with my Sunbrella fabrics. You can even lounge on the new Miles Talbott sofa. So get up from the floor and go to town...after all this is your home too!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Good To Be Home!

Great to be back to California after a wonderful Furniture Market. We are happy with the reactions to all the new products and the new Sunbrella Fabrics. Many thanks to all the Miles Talbott staff and executives for making this our best market ever! Also welcome to all our new licensees: Casa Fiora, Craftmade and W.King Ambler.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Where Did Everyone Go?

The High Point Furniture Market is officially over for Fall 2009. We believe it was one of our best ever markets. Buyers had a positive energy and are purchasing. Our association with Miles Talbott is very strong and we look forward to our continued growth with Sunbrella which plays a major roll in our future. We also welcome all our partners to our showroom, Gat Creek, W.King Ambler, Casa Fiora and Craftmade. Exciting times ahead!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

There's No Place Like Home!

Home is a great place when you can put your feet up on the sofa and not worry about it. With my Sunbrella fabrics you can enjoy a good book and not worry about spilling anything or not being able to use a certain piece of furniture. My goal is to let every room be enjoyed by the whole family!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Who Spilt the Ice Cream?

Don't you worry little one with uncle Joe's Sunbrella fabrics we can clean that in a second. We want you to enjoy your home and don't let anyone keep you and your bottle off the sofa. I have designed "easy care and heavy wear" fabrics just for kids like you! Did I mention, the Miles Talbott furniture can take a beating too? So tell your big brother.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bergen Wins Furniture Pinnacle Award!

I am honored to announce my Bergen chair has won the Pinnacle award. Thanks to all those that made this possible at Miles Talbott Furniture. I love you guys!

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Introductions in High Point!

She is my best salesperson to demonstrate how "kid friendly" our new bedding is from Casa Fiora. No worries with Sunbrella fabric for "top of bed" and drapery too! We have 85 in stock Sunbrella fabrics to custom design your bedding at Miles Talbott.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Every Room a Living Room

Let the good times happen in any room with my Sunbrella fabrics. Pattern Cote on the chaise and the fun artwork is from the JR W.King Ambler collection. Let the kids have fun in any room. Easy care and heavy wear furniture!

New Introductions in High Point!

The entrance to my showroom at Miles Talbott in High Point. My new color introduction Stone is a mix of beige, gray and mulberry...a new color direction for my collection. This is all JR/Sunbrella fabric, including the pillow trims. Easy care and kid friendly! Also: The Westfield group in all weather Viro wicker for indoor use.

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Introductions in High Point!

I like a room to relax in and enjoy! My new Sunbrella pattern Frank adds impact to any room. Put your feet up and enjoy the game or your favorite movie. Tribeca Chaise as well as the new Carie Chair in Cote/Sunbrella at Miles Talbott. Photos are from my trip to Lisbon at W.King Ambler.The upholstered Stanton screens also from Miles Talbott. Salon floor lamps from Craftmade. What more can you ask from a room?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kid Friendly Sunbrella Fabrics!

My reports will be from High Point for the next couple of days. We are introducing our new collections for Miles Talbott Furniture. We are really excited about our new upholstery all covered in Sunbrella fabrics. We want every room to be a living room! More to report this week as the International Furniture show begins.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Portuguese Needlepoint Rugs

What a delight to meet Malu Futcher Pereija in Lisbon. She and her son have the most colorful rugs based on historic designs with intricate floral patterns and geometrics. The company name is Portuguese Eclectic you can fax for more iformation to 011-351-21-342-7651.

Memories of Northern Italy

Here I am at the Castello di Bornato in the Breshia region of northern Italy. What fond memoires of the beautiful Italian countryside.

Travels to Mexico

Fond memories during travels to Mexico City I enjoyed meeting Ezequiel Farca who has a delightful design shop. Here we are in "old town": me, my daughter Beth and Ezequiel.

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Introductions in High Point!

I am off to High Point and the International Furniture Market. I will have plenty to report.

A new Sofa to Reveal

Here is our Wong Sofa. This will be introduced next week at the International Furniture Market. This sofa is upholstered in JR/Sunbrella Kenya/Birch with a Trax/Vellum welt also antique nail heads. Just out of the upholstery shop; I will have room shots next week featuring this graceful sofa.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ruggiero Limited Edition Art to Debut!

I am very pleased W.King Ambler will be introducing my signed limited edition artwork, fabric designs and photography next week at the International Furniture Market in High Point, N.C. W.King Ambler is one of the most respected Art Galleries in the Furniture Industry and they produced an impressive array of pieces to showcase items I have had in my archives and have not made available until now. You can also view this artwork at the Miles Talbott showroom, 1690 English Rd. High Point, N.C. This body of work is composed of images from my international travels and renderings from my textile designs as well as original art.

New JR Sunbrella Fabrics

For those of you who have asked to see more of my Sunbrella fabrics, take a look at the Casual Elegance Collection available at Silverstate Textiles 1-800-453-5777. Here is a chance to see more of my designs for outside or inside. Some of my personal favorites are featured in the this group.

Latest Sofa Design in Sunbrella!

Just finished for the Furniture Market next week my Wong Settee! Here shown in my Sunbrella fabric Kenya/Birch and contrast cushion in Tamba/Wren it will be introduced at Miles Talbott Furniture as the International Furniture Market begins in High Point, N.C.
What I particularly like about this design is the ability to use contrasting fabrics on the cushion, sides and back for a new look in upholstery. This also makes great seating for dining...possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

First Look at my new lamps by Craftmade.

Just in from the finish shop here are some of my new lamp designs by Craftmade. Signature portables and pendants all with my Sunbrella shades. You can even custom the shade design. Choose the JR Sunbrella pattern you like. These will be introduced next week at Miles Talbott showroom 1690 English Rd. High Point, N.C

Monday, October 5, 2009

First Look at a New Chair

Hot out of Miles Talbott production our Carie chair. Here is a first look at the behind the scenes of our newest member of the family. Covered in a new Sunbrella fabric Cote/parchment.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Looking for a Durable Fabric Option?

Recently, I was giving a lecture at a local design center, and a woman asked me about durable fabrics for children. It's a question that I always get asked.

Personally, we never sacrificed on style when raising our 3 active children, and I don't believe others should either. When it comes to raising kids in a stylish home, it's all about making the right choices.

Certainly, you are not going to upholster a sofa in a precious silk, but a durable fabric with an elegant look, is the way to go. See video below for inspiration.


Friday, October 2, 2009


Now Joe Ruggiero's drapery & bedding designs will be available for those looking for affordable custom treatments in an association with Casa Fiora. Ruggiero's Sunbrella fabrics now designed for window treatments and top of bed. What could be better than fabric that will not fade and can be easily cared for. Available from & retail stores throughout the United States.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What' New This Month with JR

Here's our October Newsletter. We are also preparing for fall Furniture Market...some very exciting new introductions and additional licensees to report with more to come. We will keep you posted!