BRUNSCHWIG for the Animal Lover

January 9, 2012

Last time I was in the Boston Design Center I went into to Brunschwig & Fils to look into having a vintage Brunschwig document reprinted for a customer using the original colors of the fabric at its time of release.  It’s a pattern Billy Baldwin used way back in the day… excited to find out they can do it!

I almost didn’t make it to my sales persons desk however as I was bowled over by this sofa!  Often animal prints can go cheap or tacky FAST, not this print. The pattern is Ashanti which is part of the Kirk Brummel collection, and it retails for over $200/yard!  I think it is successful because the of the scale, it’s not too big or too obvious…it’s almost texture, could read wood grain, enough brown to soften the impact of the strength of the contrasting cream and chocolate.  Of course, Brunschwig furniture is beautifully built, down filled and practically couture in its detailing, there are few pieces made as well, but be warned… they are pricey!  It reminded my of this rug by Diane Von Furstenburg for the Rug Company.  

This rug is entirely handmade, from the spinning of the wool to the weaving on the loom. It is unique, and has been crafted by weavers in the Kathmandu area, whose skills have been passed down through many generations. We use only the highest quality wool for our rugs, that of the Tibetan sheep, for its durability, rich texture and subtle colour variation. Top that off with the vision of a world class designer, and the result is a hand knotted contemporary rug of extraordinary beauty, which will itself become an heirloom to be treasured for years to come. Want!

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