Ever since Michelle Adams released her newest Rubie Green upholstery fabrics, I've been thinking about Habibi, shown above. It's like a loose, painterly plaid -- kind of traditional but also very high style.
And the other day when I was browsing Trina Turk's summer '09 collection featuring "watercolor plaid," I thought again about the idea of using Habibi on a Louis XV-style chair.
I think the idea has been in my subconscious for a few years now, prompted by this vaguely related example seen in domino, September 2005.
Even further back in my subconscious is this chair that Billy Baldwin used for the Kellogg house circa 1969. A long while ago, a reader asked for help finding the vintage fabric. Although we never positively identified it, everyone loved the idea of a graphic lattice print on a feminine 18th-century-style chair.
Habibi means "my darling," and Rubie Green currently offers it in three colorways: red, black, and brown. Available online to all retail customers -- not just the design trade -- the fabric is 100 percent earth-friendly cotton.
Patrick Cline shot all of the beautiful Rubie Green pictures. The Billy Baldwin image is from the out of print (or soon to be re-released?) Billy Baldwin Decorates.
Update 1.25.09: More stream of consciousness: Michelle Adams says that her Habibi was in fact inspired by Billy Baldwin, and that reminded me of the BCBG dress, above, which is very reminiscent of prints favored by B. B. (the decorator was a fan of Paule Marrot's painterly fabrics.
Above a page from Carolina Irving's 2005 H & G story about Marrot. In 1997 The Museum of Printed Textiles held a retrospective of Marrot's work.
And another meandering thought: When Michael Smith collaborated with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Laughlin, on their beach house, a fabric similar in spirit to Habibi appeared (note the pillow above). Image via Elle Decor.