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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.