Thursday, May 19, 2011

Everything Old is New Again

photo by Linda Pakravan

Lee Jofa's fabrics have graced American homes since 1823 when Mr. Johnson started on the wharves of New York City. Partnering with Mr. Faulkner, they combine the first two letters of their last names and carry on as JOFA for the next 140 some yearrs. They are then bought by Lee and Sons.

I like that Mr. Lee kept the founders' names in the business.

The venerable house of Lee Jofa asked seven design stars to pick a favorite print from way back and reinterpret it in their style and colors. The results are aptly named the Heritage Collection.

top l-r: David Easton via Aspen Magazine, Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes blog, Eric Cohler via Mr. Cohler's site; bottom row l-r: Suzanne Rheinstein via Elle Decor, Diamond and Baratta via Diamond Baratta Design Thomas O'Brien via Aero Studios.

On Tuesday, Blogfest 2011 bloggers were bussed over to Mayo Studios to see these fabrics in the room sets designed by the designers. And the designers were there in their sets at the ready to sign autographs!

Eric Cohler's calm version of Treyes Handblock (from 1963). Great example of blending traditional with modern. Treyes Handblock (the drapes) in its new colors is a soft backdrop for the geometry of the chairs (very nice chairs) and the animal print upholstery. I would be more than happy to have dinner in this room. Or lunch. Tea would be just fine, thank you.

Suzanne Rheinstein could not have been more gracious. She's delightful. Her reinterpretation of Clarendon, a 19th century inspired floral introduced in 1983 left me wishing it were as bright as Ms. Rheinstein's personality.
But I love her lilac settees, gray ottoman and the window treatment is perfectly scaled.

David Easton adds texture and softness by printing Gaddesden from 2000 on a distinct linen weave. On the wall and the drapes, the tactile effect is soothing and interesting. Casually elegant. I wish this picture was better... 

Suzanne Kasler's room set. I would love an office/studio like this.

What do you think of these rooms? Could you live or work in any of them?

All photos by me except the designer group.

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan

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  1. I had no idea, but I have a platter which has what I am pretty sure is the Treyes Handblock pattern! In the top photo, it is the colors of the right-side picture in the book. I always loved this platter; so much that I had to say no when a houseguest wanted to buy it from me. It's not expensive, it's probably from TJMaxx or someplace like that. But I was unable to let it go.

  2. I wish I could boast the title of Design Super Star. I like the final photo the best.

  3. Patty, that pattern is called "tree of life". would love to see your platter!


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