[Screengrabs from Mr.Selfridge, episode three. Click to enlarge.]
There's a lot to look at in Masterpiece's new drama, Mr.Selfridge. Pattern and print, for example. Layer upon layer of gorgeously printed, woven and embroidered fabrics.
I've been turning to PBS on Sunday nights to see what set decorators Sophia Chowdhury and Terry Jones (along with the entire production team helmed by Rob Harris) have done. Favorite sets so far? The textile-filled atelier of artist Roddy Temple and the studio of Selfridge creative director, Henri Leclair. (Was the title creative director actually used in 1909? Time to consult Jan Whitaker's book, The World of Department Stores.) Both men's working spaces appear flooded with natural light -- airier than the other series' sets -- yet they're also chockablock with visual stimuli. Like florals.
Many of the prints call to mind Liberty fabrics of the day, making me hope the competing London department store will have some sort of cameo in a future episode.
In Atlanta, the Mashburns' love affair with Liberty continues. New to Ann Mashburn are Liberty Scarves.
[Image via Ann Mashburn]
The designs are so lush, it's hard not to consider framing one, in lieu of a conventional painting.
[JBKO's library circa 1973, with her pillows made from Liberty scarves as seen in Horst Interiors.]
Or, as we've touched on before, turning them into pillows a la Jackie O. But the ponytail option is pretty great too.
FYI: The V & A looks at London department store architecture in the 1920s and 30s here.