There's no easier way to freshen up a living room than by scattering throw pillows—especially from one of these collections. John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross were designers of clothing and textiles respectively before teaming up 11 years ago to found their own home furnishings company, Dransfield & Ross. Their sophisticated pillows are notable for subtlety of palette and inventive use of materials: The Thin Stripe Valencia grosgrain pillow ($270) is made of appliquéd ribbons; fringe covers the entire Tassel pillow in gold ($325); and woven fiber is edged in cotton on the Mandalay pillow in natural and red ($225). Mark Snider Home's glamorous pillows, also by a former fashion designer, are particularly effective in black and ivory: Both Floral ($150) and Galaxy ($160) are embroidered silk taffeta; Round Pinwheel ($180) is cotton corduroy. Maharam, the 101-year-old textile company, reissues many of last century's best fabrics as pillows: Letters in scarlet ($125) was designed by Gunnar Aagaard Andersen in 1955; both Names in ultramarine on white ($125) and Mikado in ultramarine ($125) are the work of Alexander Girard, from 1957 and 1954, respectively. So get tossing!
Dransfield & Ross (www.dransfieldandross.biz) is at Bloom in New York, 212-832-8094. Mark Snider Home is at Barneys New York, 888-822-7639. Maharam pillows, distributed by Vitra, 800-338-4872, are also at the MoMA Design Store, www.momastore.org.