CATCHING THE NEXT WAVE



 

'Wave' wallpaper by Katie Ridder

‘Wave’ wallpaper by Katie Ridder

 
Over the past six months, A-Gent of Style started noticing around him the ancient Asian pattern of the wave and also fish scales. Suddenly, these two scalloped designs seem to appear everywhere before him and A-Gent soon realised they were ubiquitous – in shops or restaurants,  in the streets, in fashion, design and home magazines, online of course and many other appearances. What turned into a game of ‘spot-the-pretty-fish-scales-pattern’ almost ended up in an obsession and even hallucinations.

This is a compilation of all the images and photographs A-Gent of Style has accumulated featuring waves and fish scales in all their various shapes and representations. Now, you too might start noticing them everywhere.
Will you catch the bug!?

 

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard in Jean-Paul Gaultier, Oscars, 2008

 



Jarrod Lim Koi Chair

Jarrod Lim’s ‘Koi’ Chair

 

'Pot Pourri' Wallpaper by Neisha Crossland

‘Pot Pourri’ wallpaper by Neisha Crosland



Le 1947 restaurant by Yannick Alléno, Le Cheval Blanc, Courchevel

Le 1947 restaurant by Yannick Alléno, Le Cheval Blanc, Courchevel





Owl lantern by Soane

‘Owl’ lantern by Soane

 

Korla’s Grand Kyoto Koi

Korla’s ‘Grand Kyoto Koi’

 





Mountains tile by Ann Sacks

‘Mountains’ tile by Ann Sacks

 

Ashanti by Fortuny

‘Ashanti’ by Fortuny

 

'Fish Scales' iPhone by Jonathan Adler

‘Fish Scales’ iPhone by Jonathan Adler

 

Piccadilly Circus tube station, Glasshouse Street exit

Gate at Piccadilly Circus tube station, Glasshouse Street exit

 

'Easton' fabric by Dvid Hicks, 1968

‘Easton’ fabric by David Hicks, 1968

 

Danish cabinet by Julian Chichester (as seen at Decorex 2013)

Danish cabinet by Julian Chichester (as seen at Decorex 2013)

 

'Fish Scales' shower curtain by Jonathan Adler

‘Fish Scales’ shower curtain by Jonathan Adler

 

'Caducee' clock by Jean Dunand, 1913 , estimate €100,000-120,000 at Felix Marcilhac auction, Sotheby's http://bit.ly/1dvv2Hl

‘Caducee’ clock by Jean Dunand, 1913 , estimate €100,000-120,000 at Felix Marcilhac auction, Sotheby’s, 11-12 March 2014 http://bit.ly/1dvv2Hl

 

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior, 1955

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior, 1955

 




Koi Dining Table

‘Koi’ dining table

 

Nippon wallpaper by Mimou

‘Nippon’ wallpaper by Mimou

 

‘Feather Fan ‘wallpaper by Cole & Son (Photo by Domino)

 



Cole & Son feather fan wallpaper

Cole & Son ‘Feather’ fan wallpaper

 

'Acid Drops' hand-blown glass lights by Curiosa&Curiosa

‘Acid Drops’ hand-blown glass lights by Curiosa&Curiosa

 

Restaurant MANGER, Paris

 

Gaston Blood Orange wastebasket

Gaston blood orange wastebasket

 





By Atelier XJC

By Atelier XJC

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

'Chou Chou' wallpaper by Sister Parish

‘Chou Chou’ wallpaper by Sister Parish

 

Haveli Pollen tile by Neisha Crosland

‘Haveli Pollen’ tile by Neisha Crosland

 

By India Mahdavi

Interior by India Mahdavi

 

Table by Al Deco

Marble and brass table by Al Deco (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 



Kyle Bunting Cow Hide Rug

Kyle Bunting Cow Hide rug

 

Tate Britain by Caruso St. John

Staircase at Tate Britain by Caruso St. John

 



Diane Von Furstenberg S/S14

Diane Von Furstenberg S/S14 (from Hamish Bowles’ Instagram – it’s an obsession!)

 

Piccolino Mosaic Fishscale tile by Ann Sacks

‘Piccolino ‘Mosaic Fishscale tile by Ann Sacks

 

The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors

The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors



'Mountains' linen by Galbraith & Paul

‘Mountains’ linen by Galbraith & Paul



Grille behind a till at House & Fraser, London

Grille behind a till at House & Fraser, London

 

Loto Glace leather hide by Studio Art

Loto Glace leather hide by Studio Art (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 



Arch in Midnight by Clay McLaurin Studio

‘Arch’ in Midnight by Clay McLaurin Studio

 



Glass Scales by Bob.Fornal

Glass Scales by Bob Fornal

 

By Tami Ramsay

Bed linen by Tami Ramsay and ‘Moon’ fabric by Katie Ridder on the headboard

 

Surface by Brian Gennett

Various surfaces by artist Brian Gennett

 






Mosaic floor at the Fitzwilliam Musuem, Cambridge

Mosaic floor at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge



Silk screening

Silk screening

 

Iphone cover by Cle

iPhone cover by Cle

 

Napkin

Napkin

 

Dinner plate by Jonathan Adler

Dinner plate by Jonathan Adler

 

'Mermaid' mirror by Tse Tse

‘Mermaid’ mirror by Tse Tse

 

Penhaligon's at House & Fraser, London

Penhaligon’s at House & Fraser, London

 

Shagreen cabinet by Maitland Smith

Shagreen cabinet by Maitland Smith

 

Potomak Studio

Ceramics by Potomak Studio (as seen at Maison&Objet 2014)

 

Leather goods by Faure Le Page

Leather goods by Faure Le Page

 



The Mayfair Arts Club

The Mayfair Arts Club

 

Holland & Sherry new quilted fabric (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2013)

Holland & Sherry new quilted fabric (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 

TL Furniture brass and marble table

TL Furniture brass and marble table

 

Bed linen by Jonathan Adler

Bed linen by Jonathan Adler

 

Ann Sacks tile

Ann Sacks tile

 

Wash Porcelain Lamp by Arturo

Wash Porcelain Lamp by Arturo

 

Cafe Pinson, Paris

Cafe Pinson, Paris

 



'Demi' wallpaper by Harlequin

‘Demi’ wallpaper by Harlequin

 

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 'Ecailles argent by Le Manach

‘Ecailles argent by Le Manach

 

le Manach's 'Ecailles' (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

Le Manach’s ‘Ecailles’ (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 

Dinner setting by Miles Redd

Dinner setting by Miles Redd

 

Urban Outfitters rug

Urban Outfitters rug

 

Australian Aboriginal design

Australian Aboriginal design

 

Coordonne tiles

‘Coordonne’ tiles

 

Hartmann Risler et Cie (Rixheim), 1800

Hartmann Risler et Cie (Rixheim), 1800


Gents at The Zedel restuarant, London

Gents at The Zedel restaurant, London

 





Finally, a shelf at home with some of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite packaging.
Not strictly waves or fish scales, more of an (Art Deco) fan shape this time
but that’s another blog post!







GETTING THE HANG OF…ADELPHI PAPER HANGINGS



 



– wallpapers –

– historical –

– artisanal –

– timeless –




You probably wouldn’t need to know more about today’s topic and its recipient but A-Gent of Style couldn’t resist introducing you to a very special kind of wallpapers.

I’ve always been a huge advocate of  wallpapers (as you may have noticed when I reviewed here the Astrid & Rudolf collection) and this summer, it has been my privilege to work on a special project:



In the 18th C and up until the end of the 19th C, paper hangings were all the rage; sadly they suffered a sharp decline in the early 20th C and since then, have gone in and out of style; today, they are slowly and timorously making a come-back and despite being featured in design magazines (both House & Garden and Homes & Gardens handsomely featured Adelphi Paper Hangings in their August publications), it is still rare to spot them being used in situ in contemporary interiors, and if they are, they are more than often likely to be seen in small, discreet spaces like bathrooms or guest bedrooms.



To me, wallpapers add texture, pattern, dimension, character and sometimes history and architecture to a room, much more than paint could ever do.

Soon it will be time for the Dead Salmons, Elephant Breaths, Slate IIIs and Pale Linens of this world to take a side step.

I yearn to see this renaissance and resurgence of paper hangings and for decorators and householders to embrace them boldly once again. Thomas Jayne, the talented, learned American decorator with a penchant for history and place, has used Adelphi Paper Hangings in many of his projects and has helped, in my opinion, promote the treatment of historical paper hanging with glorious effect.




Since 1999, Adelphi Paper Hangings, based in Sharon Springs, New York state, has endeavoured to reproduce authentic and historic block-printed wallpapers from archives of American houses using artisanal methods, traditional tools and materials – designs are printed one colour at a time using pear wood blocks and a traditional 19th C style press.


Owned and operated by Chris Ohrstrom and Steve Larson, Adelphi Paper Hangings LLC is a small, artisanal company

Owned and operated by Chris Ohrstrom and Steve Larson, Adelphi Paper Hangings LLC is a small, artisanal company



Over the last few weeks, I have done my research from Tissus d’Hélène, my friend Helen Cormack’s boutique showroom in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre specialising in artisanal fabrics and wallpapers, who represent Adelphi Paper Hangings in the UK.




I have been amazed to see not only the meticulous craftmanship involved in producing painstakingly and amorously these stunning wallpapers but also to learn about each period of American history the original documents stem from – a treat for A-Gent of Style who majored in American Civilisation at university many moons ago. You will see from Adelphi Paper Hangings‘s comprehensive website that the history of each wallpaper and the distinguished house it was found in is explained with great information and accuracy.








“Our work is based on exhaustive and continuing research into methods, materials, techniques and styles. Each order is individually hand printed by skilled artisans without compromises in quality, historical accuracy or consistency.”




“Working from original documents that range from an entire wall’s worth of antique wallpaper to a modest box of faded, water damaged scraps still attached to chunks of plaster, Adelphi Paper Hangings has successfully reproduced wallpapers which date from the 1740s through the 1930s. By understanding the nature of historic paints, the muting effect of time, as well as the historic context and fashions, Adelphi Paper Hangings can successfully interpret documentary evidence and accurately reproduce the style, character and look of original period documents.”





















The fascinating and dazzling thing about Adelphi Paper Hangings is that all of these wallpapers appear ancient and modern at the same time and have remained today as beautiful as some of them would have looked three centuries ago.

I hope you will concur with A-Gent of Style

(NB: you can see each picture in full by clicking on it)


1750-1775





1775-1800



1800-1815




1815-1830



1830-1860



1860-1900




1910-1930




Borders & Friezes



 Panels





and plain ground colours
(brushed by hand, not spray-painted)




Wishing all of my A-Gentees a divine weekend…get paper hanging!




DELICIOUS: MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD







Tonight at 8pm on Channel 4 starts a brand new series on interior design, Hollywood Me, starring the fantastic Martyn Lawrence Bullard, “interior designer to the stars” (Cher, Sharon Osbourne, Elton John, Tamara Mellon, etc), who will jet unsuspecting Brits to Los Angeles for a surprise makeover, while secretly giving their home the Hollywood treatment.

I met the flamboyant designer a couple of times at Tissus d’Hélène a few years ago where he has his delicious collections of fabrics; not only is Bullard extremely talented and his interiors joyous but he is also a formidable character.

We should be in for a treat!


























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