Still Life: Harlem Energy

Elly Kaya

22 October 2020
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In honor of Harlem Toile de Jouy, Sheila hand-selected a few designers she deeply admires and tasked them with creating a mood around her storied toile. The response was widespread, from moody and textured to artsy and cerebral. Take a peek for yourself.

 

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ISHKA DESIGNS / BROOKLYN, NY

The first to artistically weigh in on Harlem Toile is the dynamic duo behind Ishka Designs, Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom. The Brooklyn-based firm turned to material and layers of texture when assembling their still life. “This paper is art,” explain the designers, “so we kept the palette simple and hyper-textured with things like an antique Balinese sculpture, detailed hardware, or an old fave bouclé.”

 

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WOODSON + RUMMERFIELD / LOS ANGELES, CA

Our next design team has always had a flair for drama and they never shy away from making a statement with their work. Here, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield’s rich selection of textures and patterns create a tactile experience. Velvets, houndstooth, and faux bois come together around Harlem Toile for a distinctly moody approach to the iconic print.

 

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NICK OLSEN / NEW YORK, NY

More is more for designer Nick Olsen, who imbued a personal approach to his narrative still life. An Andy Warhol postcard, a carnation pink lacquer box, a checkerboard magnifying glass, and a postcard from the NYC restaurant, Lucky Strike, come together to celebrate Harlem Toile atop a custom fresco paint sample by Agustin Hurtado inspired the ceiling in Nina Yashar’s Milan home.

 

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BRAD FORD / NEW YORK, NY

The king of bringing objects and people together in the name of craftsmanship, Brad Ford created a calming still life that looks to nature for cues. With natural treasures from his rock collection⁠, a wild turkey feather and Japanese maple leaves from his yard in Amagansett⁠, the designer completes his scheme with a jute rug for texture⁠, a few favorite fabrics⁠, and cerused oak finishes, which he frequently uses in projects.

 

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Elly Kaya

Elly Kaya is a freelance art director, designer and content creator located in Brooklyn, NY. Creator of visual communications of all types with a passion for connecting people to the brands they love. Designer of the TEXTURED blog.

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