GOING BANANAS: THE BRAZILLANCE & MARTINIQUE WALLPAPERS




On yet another rainy day in London, A-Gent of Style has decided to bring you today a bit of sunshine and escapism with a special feature: the palm tree design and more precisely the banana tree leaf design, which hasn’t stopped to enthrall the world of interior decoration for many a decade and has now reached an iconic status.

A-Gent of Style hopes this pictorial retrospective puts a smile on your face.

LUSH, OPULENT & GLORIOUS!




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Watercolour for the Waikiki Sheraton in Hawaii


The original Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, which was created by decorator Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel, is arguably one of the most recognisable and iconic wallpapers in the history of the 20th C.


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Martinique banana leaf wallpaper

The Martinique Wallpaper and its bunches of yellow bananas

 

At Indochine, New york, December 2015

At Indochine, New york, December 2015

 

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The legendary American decorator Dorothy Draper created a very similar wallpaper Brazillance in the 1940s made famous at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.


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The Brazillance wallpaper can be distinguised by its clusters of grapes

 

Bergdorf Goodman Fall 2012 at The Greenbrier Hotel

 

Brazillance by Dorothy Draper at the Greenbrier Hotel

Close-up on Brazillance by Dorothy Draper at the Greenbrier Hotel

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C.R. Laine’s Copley armchair in Dorothy Draper’s Brazillance

C.R. Laine’s Copley armchair in Dorothy Draper’s Brazillance

 

The Greenbrier Hotel

The Greenbrier Hotel renovated in the 1940s by Dorothy Draper. American neo-Baroque at its best!

 

The Greenbrier Hotel. Love the red-leathered sofa

 

The Greenbrier Hotel refreshed in 2007 by Dorothy Draper’s protégé Carleton Varney

 

By Interior Designer Carlton Varney

By Interior Designer Carleton Varney


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Kate  Upton by Terry Richardson by Harpers Bazaar 2012

Kate Upton by Terry Richardson by Harpers Bazaar 2012

 

Grand Hotel dining room, Mackinac Island (Michigan)

Grand Hotel dining room, Mackinac Island (Michigan)

 



House Beautiful magazine October 2008

 

By Interior Designer Steven Sclaroff

 

By Interior Designer Marjorie Skouras

 



The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Martinique wallpaper originally designed by Don Loper for the hotel in 1941.

The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Martinique wallpaper originally designed by Don Loper for the hotel in 1941.




Staircase at the Beverly Hills Hotel

 

Stairs to the Fountain Coffee Room of The Beverley Hills Hotel

Stairs to the Fountain Coffee Room at The Beverley Hills Hotel

 

The Beverley Hills Hotel photographed by Freddie Helwig

 

Indochine Restaurant (New York City)

 

Tory Burch entertains the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel


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By Interior Designer Anna Donahue

 

By Interior Designer Nate Berkus Elle Decor

 

By Interior Designer Nate Berkus Elle Decor

 

By Interior Designer Tracy Murdock



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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese on the set of The Aviator.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese on the set of The Aviator

 

By Interior Decorator Jane Frosh




Interior Decorator James Andrew of www.whatisjameswearing.com

Interior Decorator James Andrew of www.whatisjameswearing.com

 

By MDesigns

 

By Michelle Workman Interiors

 

The Den at Carrington House (Norfolk)

The Den at Carrington House (Norfolk)



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The Fabulous Golden Girls

Last but not least: the Fabulous Golden Girls









2 comments


  • […] can read all about this famous wallpaper in a lovely little essay by Fabrice Bana over on his blog here.  Worth a read.  Well, in the meantime, Charlie and I thought we would go and drink a cocktail in […]

    January 7, 2016
  • This is a wonderful. Find out about the history of this iconic wallpaper at http://www.MartiniqueWallpaper… and purchase directly from the exclusive luxury wallpaper experts http://www.DesignerWallcoverings.com DW offers incredible customer service. We are here to help you! This wallpaper was first seen at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the 1940s.

    March 11, 2016

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