Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


French and African Studies

So it may not be covered in a Bennison-esque floral linen, but Nickey Kehoe's Louis XVI-style settee upholstered with vintage African cloth makes me think of the movie version of Karen Blixen's house. As the story progresses, set decorator Josie MacAvin scatters African pieces among Blixen's treasured European things. And the pale finish on this settee is not unlike that of the ex-pat's bedroom furniture.

On the African design front, don't forget Symmetry/Asymmetry: African Textiles, Dress, and Adornment remains on view at the High for just a few more days: the small but rich show closes August 25. (I've been through the gallery three times for repeat peeks at the indigo-dyed cloth.)

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