Normally, when I think of the opening of a French vault my mind turns immediately to thoughts of vintage Bourdeaux and less than pleasant smelling cheeses.
So it should come as no surprise that when Brunschwig & Fils opened their own vault, I brought a clothespin. And an empty glass.
To my surprise, neither received much use.
In the creation of the newest of their collections, Brunschwig, known round the world for their extravagant designs and saturated colors, chose to reinterpret patterns from their own archives, mixing with highly defined Chinoserie elements for dramatic exuberance.
Together, the varied prints of Les Jardin Chinois range from Zhen Velvet, an 18th century design woven into a cut velvet, Jasper Garden, interpreted from an 1850 Jean Baptiste Pillement engraving, and Les Touches, a stylized print first introduced in 1965. My personal favorites are Shishi with an emblematic Chinese dragon picked out in sharp jewel tones, and Alto Velvet, based on a carpet found in the personal belongings of Kubla Kahn.
Together the collection combines saturated hues with well-executed embroidery and textural detailing in a flight of whimsy and fantasy, bringing to life a style that continues to captivate its audience.
No clothespin needed.
Le Jardin Chinois
Collection | Brunschwig & Fils | Available through the Trade
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