LIKE A VISIT TO AN ARBORETUM: THE DELICATE FLORAL PRINTS OF FERRAN

by Marisa Marcantonio

Ferran New York began as a company that fashioned raincoats and printed handbags out of highly patterned and colorful printed fabrics.  I still use my Ferran printed tote from years ago, I refuse to retire it. The company, founded in 2000, shifted their focus to bedding and pillows over the past few years, with an emphasis on pretty florals and graphic tracery. Modernized globally-inspired prints, which now appear on wallpapers, have an old-world sensibility, with hand blocked designs created by designer and Creative Director Kathryn Ferran Kayajan. Her travels inspire the lifestyle point of view and seasonal color shifts seen in the American-made hand-screened prints. Mainly pastels, the sophisticated, intricate patterns add impact with their delicate leaves, full blooms and classic architectural details.

The Bursa Collection of bedding and pillows is the newest, and my new favorite for their complex, tiny designs.

Bursa Willow print

The Ottoman assortment

Chinois Parterre captures blooming flower branches in robust colors

A detail of the Parterre in French grey

 Chiswick, an English-inspired collection

Exuberant Dahlias

A great summer pattern, Java Hydrangea

FLOWER POWER: TOMMY MITCHELL'S TOLE BOTANICALS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Delicate petals made of metal form the tole botanicals from Tommy Mitchell. I have shown his designs before here, and you may have seen them at Bergdorf Goodman or Mary Mahoney in Palm Beach. At his inaugural gift show, see his potted flower creations on display. I hope this will mean you will see his flowers in many more wonderful stores. Placed on gilded brackets against a silver and white bamboo patterned wallpaper, the varied assortment of blooms including lily of the valley, thistle, auricula, hyacinth and orchid plants. He can do custom vases and pieces, just ask. Swing by and see his flowers at Pier 94 booth 44045. They are the perfect antidote to winter.

A mini lily of the valley in a mercury glass vase.

Blooms in a new metallic finish gleam in silver and gold painted creations.

Mitchell has garnered a loyal following for his pastel florals.


Create a totally different look with pots that range from mercury glass to woven metals.

Terra cotta planters have a rustic simplicity to them.