Off the beaten track in Tuscany, where the hills bend for miles, are traces of Italy’s take on Art Nouveau. Part Celtic ornament, part Japanese chic, the “Liberty Style” praised light.
The expansive lines of this architectural style inspired pattern Liberty Bone. Adding a modern twist to the iconic herringbone pattern, this embroidery on pale cotton sateen mimics the way early afternoon light floods into the windows of the Piazza.
FOR ARTS SAKE
Emphasizing the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic, the famed English illustrator Aubrey Beardsley was heavily influenced by Japanese woodcuttings. Using ink as his medium, Beardsley created highly ornate illustrations focused primarily on the female form and historical narratives. Of his most famous illustrations, Salomé depicts a bubbling skyline and a decadent embrace.
One of our favorite pieces of the Revival collection, For Arts Sake demands attention. Resembling Beardsley’s iconic skyline, this spray dyed velvet print’s scalloped design fits in perfectly with the Decadent Movement – an era defined by “art for art’s sake.”
POEM FROM JAPAN
Weaving together west and east, pattern Poem from Japan is as unique as the threads that connect Art Nouveau's Japonism movement. Woven in Japan using Japanese paper and polyester fibers, this fabric layers large black and white looms, giving a strong interplay between light and language.
Art Nouveau’s goal of reconnecting audiences with the organic world was a response to the mass production of the 19th century. Painter Alphonse Mucha’s artisanal craftsmanship was at the forefront of this intention, with his use of female symbolism and a passion for the dramatically decorative.
Alphonse, a digitally printed nature scene, positions florals atop a clean canvas and weaves them into an epic graphic statement.
In order to beautify the messages advertised in theatre posters, book covers and pamphlets of the era, artists praised embellishments. The movement was emotional and artists took every opportunity to incorporate romance into their messages.
Loveletter plays on this coupling of graphic design and romance, mimicing a blank piece of parchment. The dashed, jacquard embroidery adds the dynamic ornamentation artists of the era most admired.
Wanting to break from his Renaissance influence, Arts and Crafts designer Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo looked past the shores of Italy and focused his attention to a breaking wave. The rhythm and movement of plant tendrils created what would become an essential concept of Art Nouveau design.
Heygate’s foil printed velvet pattern mimics the movement pulsing through Art Nouveau. Metallic and moody, the decorative flourishes are indeed akin to the angle of which plants weave through water at dusk.
NOUVEAU STRIE VELVET
Gustav Klimt, on of the leading painters of Art Nouveau, obsessed over the symbolism of the female form. Figures were allegories and flowers were erotic.
A thick cut velvet épinglé inspired by Klimt’s geometric florals and long lines that alter the perception of space, Nouveau Strie Velvet expands lusciously through the room.