Cuddledown Life Design Inspiration

The History of a Cuddledown Bestseller

July 10, 2018 by

It was only a few days into the year of 1989 – textile vendors and business owners were gathering from far and wide at Heimtextil, an international trade fair that takes place every January in Frankfurt, Germany.

Monet Bedding, 1991

Among the crowd of vendors and business people was Kate Jackson – a Seamstress at Cuddledown who got her start in the fall of 1983.

Kate – accompanied by Cuddledown’s newly hired president – set out to find a piece of art that would look good on our luxurious bedding.

They weren’t having much luck, when they came across a canvas covered in bold, colorful impressionist flowers. The two instantly knew they had to have the print – “we thought it would be a good seller” Kate recalls.

“Good seller” turned out to be quite the understatement, as the print now known as “Monet” would become a Cuddledown bestseller for years to come.

The Monet print is French designed, and inspired by the famous Austrian artist Gustav Klimt’s “Flower Garden”.

Gustav Klimt’s “Flower Garden”

After being printed in France, and finished in Portugal, the first line of Monet bedding arrived at Cuddledown and was ready to go.

Shams, pillowcases, and duvet covers were the first pieces of bedding that the Monet print was available on, which debuted in Cuddledown’s 1990 catalog.

The Monet products were a hit, and it wasn’t long until our Product Development team decided it was time to expand the collection to include bedskirts, quilted coverlets, and even new colorways such as yellow and blue.

Since its first appearance, the Monet has been a favorite among customers and a staple in nearly every catalog.

To this very day, the Monet collection – much like Kate – continues to play an integral role in the success of Cuddledown.

Do you have any pieces of our Monet Bedding? Any other artists whose work you’d like to see featured on next our collection? Let us know in the comments!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply LAURIE HOMER September 28, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I have several of the combinations of the Monet blues, pinks, purples, and greens. I have been looking to add some more to the mix as they start to wear out. I remember seeing the yellow version for a brief time and then it was gone. I have been looking online and there is only one piece of photographic evidence of the yellow set on someone’s Pinterest post. I have been waiting for a long time to see new colors out. I would love to see the yellow again, or a bold peach combination would be nice too. I can never seem to get certain colors and sizes that I would like (If there are no new colors coming out, I would like to get the pink fitted sheet and duvet in a king size, also a twin in green.

    • Reply N February 25, 2021 at 9:46 am

      I think their physical store actually still has the yellow one as a quilted coverlet.

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