Thursday, September 23, 2010

T is for Toile du Jouy

This year is the 250th anniversary of Toile du Jouy, the French fabric design with a complex decorating pattern depicting pastoral scenes. These days you can find many modern variations of this classic design, and if you look carefully they are full of details, references and humour.

Sheila Bridges Harlem Toile, takes an ironic look at some of the stereotypes in African American culture. Her design can be found on wallpaper, fabrics, furniture and diningware.

Glasgow-based design firm Timorous Beasties' Toile, takes inspiration from the less glamorous sides of London and Glasgow culture by placing images of less salubrious characters and activities against the backdrop of iconic landmarks from both cities. You have to look closely to spot the darker side of these beautiful designs.

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