Design-forward (and a designer cult-favorite) Cabana Magazine recently highlighted three vintage prints, rich in historic artistry from our NEW Elegant Universe Collection. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from our creative director along with more of the in-depth magic of each print.
Photography by Tony Li
Driven by a spirit of adventure, our printed linen, Baret Flora, borrows its name from famed 16th-century voyager Jeanne Baret. In 1766, she boarded the Etoile and unbeknownst to her, would soon become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe while assisting her partner (in work and life) doctor-botanist, Philibert Commerson in the discovery of many popular flora and fauna we enjoy today. Our vintage print tells a similar story casting a delicate overtone that pays homage to her journey—The circa 1940s French motif is a hand screen print conveyed on a chunky linen cloth that was purchased from le grand salon at Chateau du Ludaix near Montluçon.
Graceful floral blossoms paint Sprigs, a linen-cotton textile that feels reminiscent of a bygone era. As if stripped from an intentionally fashioned French jardin, this beautiful flowery print is the perfect combination of modern-meets-elegance. The circa 1928 French artwork was purchased at a brocante—second-hand market—in the Ardeches region and re-rendered by our CAD artist who expertly captured the essence of this faded, Art Deco beauty.
This late-19th century French copper roller print feels stripped from a centuries-old upholstery piece that resided inside a storied manor. The updated fashionable color palette of our Amber Rose fabric transports the classic rose motif right into modern-day interiors. Fittingly, the artwork was procured at the Limoges puces de Cathedral (flea market) and reimagined on a heavily textured cotton twill weave.