Textile Appreciation: Stylized Florals
[Above, Jackie admiring textiles in India, early 1960s; Lulu DK's hand-printed cotton "Moondance" in light blue.]
[Image of bench courtesy Ruthie Sommers.]
When it comes to fabric, I love all sorts of florals -- lush English roses, Asian designs. But since I was about eight-years-old, I've had a special affinity for stylized blooms. Quasi-naturalistic patterns that are fluid, yet also orderly like a geometric. Think Ottoman Empire or Indian-inspired. So yesterday I selected Home Couture's "Contessa" (third and fourth images above) from among several strong prints, for an upcoming project.
Designers and readers across the U.S. often send me images of furniture upholstered in a great stylized floral, whether an embroidered textile or a beautifully printed fabric. It's always hard to select just a few to share, but here are some standouts. Above, a Louis-XV-style bench madeover by Oregon-based Jen West using Brunschwig & Fils "Dzhambul."
Becky from Florida spotted a cache of chairs and stools upholstered with suzanis in West Palm Beach at Antiques and Oriental Rugs, 3635 South Dixie Highway. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Speaking of embroidery, the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. has a comprehensive collection.)
Contact Jen at email@example.com.
The groovy print on this old Herman Miller desk chair, below, has little to do with Indian and Turkish florals, but it is abstract and quasi-natural.
Paige, its owner, describes it as "either love it or hate it." Her husband does not like the chair at all. However, it makes Paige "smile every single time I walk into my office...it was originally covered in a rough textured black nylon/wool fabric," she says.