Mar 19 2018

Most Popular Joe Ruggiero Designs Showcased at High Point Market

Gray, Off-White Continue to Dominate Best-Selling Sunbrella® Fabrics from the MT Company

For more than 35 years, Joe Ruggiero has traveled the world in search of inspiration for his designs. The result? A collection of 100+ timeless, luxurious and high performance Sunbrella® fabrics. Amid the variety of color, texture and pattern are the tried and true favorites among designers and homeowners. Ruggiero will showcase his most popular, in-demand designs in a series of vignettes at the MT Company showroom during High Point Market, April 14-18.

Ruggiero’s passion for fashion is found in several menswear-inspired patterns. Grounding the first vignette is Hartley II Smoke, a clean pinstripe in a handsome smoky gray reminiscent of worsted wool. Ruggiero mixes muted color into this masculine space with accents of heavy-textured Blend Lagoon.

“Hartley II Smoke is one of my favorite fabrics because of its texture,” says Ruggiero. “It’s just incredible that Sunbrella’s weaving technology has become so advanced that they are able to recreate the feeling of worsted wool, yet the fabric still has the performance expected from Sunbrella.”

Lightening the palette, Ruggiero’s next vignette features 17 shades of gray, off-white and taupe. Two sofas in Tailored Shade, a super soft chenille, set the stage for Germaine Silk and Luke Dove decorative pillows. Continuing the soft hand, cashmere-like fabric Romy Plaid Taupe is featured on two chairs for a classic aesthetic.

Ever-popular Huntsman Salt epitomizes the importance of performance in a bright white colorway that will stay beautiful for years to come with Sunbrella’s stain-resistant qualities. Ruggiero plays with pattern in this vignette featuring zebra design Chapman Flax and geometric design Fremont Dove.

Drapery in Sensational Parchment has a subtle herringbone pattern that elevates the sophistication of Ruggiero’s entry hall vignette, while Romy Plaid Blush is featured again in a lighter, more delicate colorway.

In the final vignette, gray neutrals continue to dominate as Ruggiero showcases Whetherfield Putty, a warm solid gray, on an upholstered sofa adorned with pillows in Pebbles Oyster with Greek key Sunbrella decorative tape from Phoenix Trim Works. Chairs in McHenry Multi, a unique stripe in shades of beige, gray and off-white, are accented with pillows in subtly textured Trax Cadet.

“What I love about this High Point display is that it tells the story of what fabrics people are actually using in their homes versus the current hot trend that may or may not sustain,” says Ruggiero. “Neutrals are more popular than ever right now—especially gray and off-white—and with Sunbrella you not only get soft, beautiful décor, you get the peace of mind that your upholstery is stain resistant and bleach cleanable too.”

The vignettes will be on display April 14-18 in the MT Company showroom, located on the second floor of 311 N. Hamilton Street in High Point.

Joseph Ruggiero & Associates, Inc. is a multi-media home design and television production company based in Los Angeles.  In addition to his Sunbrella fabrics collection, Ruggiero also designs upholstery for Miles Talbott Furniture, an MT Company Collection; casual furniture for Terra; wood furniture for Gat Creek (American made with wood from sustainable forests); decorative throws for Textillery; decorative lamps for Wildwood Lamps; decorative trims for Phoenix and bedding and drapery for Casa Fiora. On the web at, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Twitter and a blog.

Based in High Point, NC, The MT Company is a custom upholstery manufacturer. In January of 2013, the company was created by the merge of Michael Thomas Furniture, founded in 1983, and its sister company Miles Talbott Furniture to expand their offering of top quality, American-made furniture. Showcasing eight furniture collections, The MT Company High Point Showroom is located at 311 North Hamilton Street. For more information, visit

Sunbrella has revolutionized the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. With an inspired palette of colors, styles and textures, premium Sunbrella fabrics give consumers, designers and architects the materials they need to create the extraordinary in marine, shade, indoor upholstery, outdoor upholstery, commercial and contract applications. 

Versatile in style and function, Sunbrella fabrics create welcoming spaces indoors and out, offering durability, fade resistance and ease of cleaning. They also offer peace of mind; Sunbrella fabrics have achieved GREENGUARD Gold Certification as contributing to healthy indoor air quality. 

Introduced in 1961, Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured and marketed by Glen Raven, Inc., a 138-year-old family-owned company based in North Carolina with operations worldwide. For more information on Sunbrella, including inspiration, fabric collections and where to buy, visit

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