Wallpaper is making quite the comeback these days. There are endless options, including beautiful, subtle patterns and uniform graphic, bold designs — suited for a much broader range of tastes and budgets. Wallpaper can instantly change the atmosphere and create a mood for any room.
A favorite source of ours is Osborne & Little, a British company carrying stylish patterns in papers and fabrics. One of the world’s leading names in designer fabric and wallpaper, Osborne & Little started in London in the 60′s and has since been known to stay current with interior trends by constantly introducing new designs and collections to their portfolio.
Wake up your bare walls with fresh, contemporary wallpaper designs from Osborne & Little. These wallpapers are so stylish you’ll never want to take them down. The tone-on-tone wallpaper with metallic creates a subtle feel of glamour.
(*room images courtesy of Osborne & Little)
Known for their sophisticated home furnishings with an old world charm, Ebanista offers an expansive collection of beautiful pieces for your home that are characterized by their elegant, yet comfortable feel.
Their extensive collection includes furniture, textiles, mirrors, lighting and much more. From charming accent tables with decorative hand-painted accents, to unique chandeliers, Ebanista’s distinct look lends to its classically reinterpreted European style.
(*all images courtesy of ebanista)
Renowned for their innovative advances in the world of textile manufacturing, the intricately printed luxury fabrics by Fortuny are true works of art. The Italian-based textiles are known for their richly designed patterns that carry strong cultural influences, ultimately embodying a worldly style and elegance.
Each fabric is printed by a photographic process, then hand-painted using a specific method of building up layer upon layer of color and lastly dusted with gold and silver powders for added shimmer. The intricate process developed by Mariano Fortuny in the late 1800′s earned him recognition as one of the best-known textile designers to this very day. He manufactured his own dyes and pigments utilizing ancient methods, giving his signature fabrics the appearance of authentic antiquity.
‘Fortuny Interiors’ by Brian Coleman (seen below) tells the story of Fortuny and is filled with shots of inspiring interiors decorated with the works of Fortuny.
Every Fortuny fabric is still produced in the same factory, on the same machines, using the same unique dying and textile techniques originally perfected over half a century ago. Carrying on the Fortuny legacy is the ultimate goal, as they maintain similar production standards in current times.
Mariano Fortuny founded and built the original factory in Venice after already finding success as a painter, an etcher, a sculptor, a photographer, an architect and inventor.
Every Fortuny fabric is entirely unique and nearly impossible to replicate - making each one truly a work of art. With showrooms in Venice and New York, Fortuny fabrics are available to the trade only.
Today, Fortuny patterns are being recreated on items such as fine dinnerware, frames and vases via L’Objet’s Fortuny-Inspired Collection, which are available through Fortuny and at select Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus locations.
The original structure created by Fortuny in Venice, Italy now stands as an art museum, known as the Palazzo Fortuny. The building was donated to the city in 1956 by Henriette Nigrin, Mariano’s widow. An extensive collection of works from each field he excelled in throughout his lifetime are on exhibit here, to honor the legend of Mariano Fortuny.
The Spring 2013 collection from renowned textile designer John Robshaw has just been introduced – and it is gorgeous, to say the least. His globally-inspired textile collection brings a vibrant mix of graphic patterns with fresh sophisticated design together beautifully, with a nod to its cultural influences.
I must say, the best part about John Robshaw’s entire collection – a bazaar of prints from around the world, all individually hand-printed on the finest cottons with hand-embroidered embellishments – is that it offers a limitless range of options for layering different patterns and colors together to create your own authentic look.
The Mali Collection (below)
Each pillow is printed using the same traditional Indian block printing techniques that have been used for thousands of years. Detailed blocks are chiseled out of wood, then dipped in dye before being stamped onto the fabric. After printing, the fabrics are washed, pressed, sewn & embellished with hand-stitched details and edging.
John Robshaw is truly an inspiration to the design world. He travels globally, everywhere from India to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe to Bolivia where he works alongside local craftspeople, experiments with techniques native to their culture and ultimately gathers inspiration for his future textile designs. His focus is to not only support the local textile artisans, but to cultivate and preserve their traditional techniques.
As a consultant for Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities to struggling artisans in countries facing economic hardships, he works to create opportunities for those who are unable to do so themselves, with the goal of creating profitable businesses inspired by handmade traditions.
Robshaw continues to expand his business, now offering custom headboards, clothing, tabletop textiles, curtains, accessories & more.
In his newly released book, ‘John Robshaw Prints‘, celebrated textile designer John Robshaw reveals the inspiration behind his signature style while highlighting step-by-step block printing techniques from local artisans and masters. He also provides an exclusive look into his creative process and shares tips for incorporating textiles into any space. Filled with beautiful photographs of covetable textiles, destinations across the globe, and eye-catching interiors, this luxe fabric-covered book is a fascinating visual tour of the rich tradition of textile printing.
There’s something to be said about taking the time to handwrite a personal note these days. Living in a digital world of constant communication, it becomes a refreshing experience when we receive a handwritten note in the mail from someone today.
Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage right now; if you’re a paper goods / typography enthusiast, a subscription to Nicely Noted could be just what the doctor ordered. The stationery subscription service offers a handpicked selection of three high-quality letterpress cards, accompanied by colorful envelopes and a unique trio of stamps — all delivered to your door monthly.
Start a subscription for yourself or gift the service to a special someone — it’s a nice treat regardless of which end of the receiving line you’re on.
Founder, Perry Nelson appreciates good design when she sees it. She seeks out the best letterpress designers in the market, selecting her favorites to create each monthly collection.
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(all images courtesy of Kate LeSueur)