JAPANESE DESIGN AND BRITISH PRINTS MEET ON ACCESSORIES AT UNIQLO

by Marisa Marcantonio

It seems the collaboration machine is again hard at work.  This time, it is a partnership between two British print-centric textile companies.  Vintage Celia Birtwell mini prints and newer company Cabbages and Roses' blooms are cropping up at Uniqlo. I have a thing for prints, especially when they have a sweet retro feeling.  I have long been a fan of the colorful, naive Birtwell prints, an icon of 1960's and 70's London. Cabbages and Roses launched in London in 2000, and  made their mark with big Cabbage roses on pastel grounds. Their toiles and chintz prints are the epitome of the English countryside, with their charming, realistic flowers strewn about. The two lines are reinvented by Uniqlo, with pared-down crisp shapes in clothing, bags and scarves. With great prices and easy to wear designs, they are a summer treat. Scoop them up by the armful.

 Pretty Woman, one of Birtwell's best-loved prints.

 It looks completely different in a yellow color way.

Their Beasties animal print is adorable with animals and flowers that look midieval.

A Cabbage Rose print in purple and white on a mint ground.

 A striking black and white floral.

A classic blue rose on cream.

Tiny flowers in rows.

 A linen tunic in blue and white floral, perfect for the beach.

 Ships sailing!

An easy cotton dress in a blue and white Indian floral print.

 A diamond printed scarf with tiny blooms in pink and blue.

Quite the striking pairing of colors.

 Mystic Daisy a wonderful linking floral pattern.

A pale blue and red print.

 The same print on a green ground.

Tiny dog portraits. Subtle and darling.

MORE THAN A SNEAK PEAK: THE JOHN ROBSHAW FURNITURE COLLECTION FOR CISCO IS HERE

by Marisa Marcantonio

A few months back I provided a little preview of John Robshaw's new upholstery line for Cisco Brothers when I saw it at the Gift Show. The entire collection was on view at High Point, and I wanted to show them in their best light, thus, waited until I could get beautiful shots to share. Robshaw, the King of Prints, has made his indelible mark on the fabric industry with his modern Indian-made  block print designs. His collection of prints and wovens for Duralee brought his fresh designs to a new audience and in his new book, he tells the story of his design journey though  his travels and various influences. 

Wanderlust ways have him in a constant state of motion, ever-inspired by the global cultures and crafts he comes across in India, Asia and even further afield. With all this global infusion it was a surprise to find that his furniture collection is noticeably less adorned and elaborate than one might expect. Devoid of inlay, with Moorish cut outs and motifs few and far between. the assortment is instead,  clean, exacting and classically inspired. The pieces hint at exoticism, but do not shout.  Four special-edition block-printed fabrics exclusive to the collection will bring his look to an entirely new consumer who will be able to integrate it into many types of rooms, both modern and trad. There is also the option of COM (supplying your own fabrics). The foundation for the collaboration between Cisco Pinedo and John Robshaw had been laid years ago, as the long time friends teamed up . The sustainable  eco aspect of the furniture,  designed to "incorporate a far flung romantic perspective on design learned from loitering around tea-rooms in Damascus and mirrored ball rooms in Jaipur palaces" were important to Robshaw.

Cypress Queen Bed with wooden columns

My hands down favorite, the Bengal Chair with vintage lines that makes me think Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh.

Benares Chair

 Deccan Chair

Luxor Settee

Modave Sofa

Lucknow Daybed

Diggi Ottoman

Almad Screen

Kishur Screen

ZEBRA'S ON YOU CHINA: SCALAMADRE BY LENOX TABLETOP DEBUTS AT BLOOMINGDALE'S

by Marisa Marcantonio

Last night Scalamandre debuted their new tabletop collaboration with Lenox at Bloomingdale's. Just up the street from the Scalamadre townhouse, they debuted Scalamandre's classic textile patterns interpreted on Lenox, American-made china. Adapting 5 iconic patterns, including the jumping zebra we all know and love, they created fanciful dinnerware and accessories for the collection. To launch with a creative bang, they asked celebrated interior designers Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, Richard Mishaan, Kathryn M. Ireland (who is in the midst of creating a fabric collection with Scalamandre now), and Jamie Drake to create festive windows around the patterns. And that they did. The windows were fantastic; sure to stop passersby in their tracks.

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 Photos and descriptions courtesy of Scalamandre/Lenox/Bloomingdales

Renowned designer Bunny Williams created an exuberant, tour de force homage to Lenox's Toile Tale. Adapted from Scalamandré's Pillement Toile, the pattern features a fanciful Chinoiserie landscape of enchanting flowers, fretwork, figures, pagodas and parasols. Framed by antique gilded palm trees, a carved and painted curio pagoda cabinet showcases a selection of Toile Tale’s captivating dinner plates, bowls and accessories. Suspended above, a host of multi-colored silk lanterns herald the Chinese New Year. Scalamandré's warp silk Paradiso covers the upper walls and the striped silk Sunset adorns the lower third, each anchored with elegant fretwork molding. Turkish floor cushions covered in Scalamandré's luxe Tigre finish this exotic, enticing meal for two.

Bouvier, based on a superb 18th century French design from Scalamandré and known as Jardin de Tuileries, has graced the homes of some of America’s great style doyennes, among them Jacqueline Onassis, Bunny Mellon and Marie Harriman. Designer Charlotte Moss took her cue from Jacqueline Kennedy's childhood in East Hampton and created an equestrian scene with boxwood hedges, pole jumps and an impromptu luncheon. Bales of hay serve as seating and are covered with tufted cushions of Scalamandré’s smart outdoor Boxwood Stripe. Miss Bouvier’s monogrammed quilted horse blanket is made of navy Guadeloupe with brown detailing and a monogram. An awning, also fabricated in the navy Guadeloupe appears above this sophisticated, sunlit setting. Placesettings of Bouvier and a complement of serving pieces, flatware and silver are displayed on a folding table.

 Bouvier

Richard Mishaan created a chic, urban dining aerie to showcase those iconic Zebras that once graced the walls of the late, lamented Gino's Restaurant in New York City. Lithely eluding arrows with grace, speed and endless charm, Scalamandré’s irrepressible Zebra wallpaper in the signature Masai red serves as dramatic backdrop for an intimate dinner. A complement of Zebra china, accessories and giftware is set on table with a red silk tablecloth of Scalamandré’s Shangri-la overlaid with the finely woven Herringbone di Lusso. Two cubes upholstered in the graphic Zebra linen emerge from under a console and a three-paneled screen featuring a dozen Zebra Accent plates finishes this dramatic and swank vignette. 

 Zebras

A painted English stately home with a requisite fountain and lake is the charming backdrop for Kathryn Ireland’s picnic vignette. Appointed with the enchanting Love Birds china pattern, this perennially fresh design is from one of Scalamandré's earliest and most cherished reproduction fabrics. Her inviting plein-air tablescape features pillows covered in Scalamandre's Love Birds, Bizarre, Sami Ikat and Lillian. A tablecloth in blue Serendipity is layered with a coral strié lampas, Uppsala and at the cloth’s edge, is a fetching parasol covered in Sami, in blue. A one-hundred-percent beautifully drawn linen, Baroque Floral is draped over the picnic basket. 

Love Birds

Jamie Drake selected Lenox’s striking Stravagante pattern, a hyper lush, ravishingly drawn Italian Baroque still life based on a document from Scalamandré's Medici Archives. In a distilled, graphic and dreamlike tableau, Stravagante imaginatively comes to life with five winding, serpentine stems, tendrils and leaves covered in Scalamandré’s Citrine Upcountry cotton velvet and Rasone, a solid cotton sateen. Five electric blue Morning Glory blossoms in the blue cotton Cento are adorned with butterflies and bear Stravagante plates. 

 Stravagante

A PERFECT PAIRING: STYLISH SANDALS FROM JACK ROGERS WITH QUADRILLE

by Marisa Marcantonio

It's safe to say that between us, my sister and I have over 30 pairs of Jack Rogers Navajo Sandals. We adore them, and have ever since we got our first pair of Navajo's back in 1978. They were called Palm Beach Sandals and came from Kornhausers, a small shoe maker on Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach. You would go in, Pepe would measure your foot, and each year you would come back and he would add an extension so they fit you as you grew. There were a few other small cobblers that made them in and around Palm Beach, and Jack Rogers was founded in 1960. Their bright, preppy color combinations and signature whipstitch detailing have amassed a fiercely loyal following the world over.  The Navajo has evolved and grown, and with Jack Rogers purchase a few years ago, you may have noticed an expanded assortment.  Their creative director, Lauren DuPont, helped revitalize the brand and expand its reach, with a Madison Avenue flagship and many new iterations.  The evolution continues, and the latest amalgamation includes a genius collaboration with a natural partner, fabric maker Quadrille. What  a perfect pairing! The preppy prints combined with  contrast detailing are just what they should be-- festive and femme.

  Get yourself a pair or two and grow your Jack Rogers wardrobe just in time for summer.  They are available early June on Jack Rogers.

Aquarius in blue

Aquarius in green

Another angle

Jacks in pale blue

Jacks in orange

Jacks in pink