Draw your sword for a duel in design. The opponents are old verse new. It starts with a bench I picked up in near perfect condition. I loved the whimsical detail of the swords and just had to battle an outdated fabric and color palette.
Our motto in our workroom, tigerlilysgreenwich.com is that what is old can easily become new again. A point scored on either side. It had me thinking about a textile company that I truly adore. Brunschwig & Fils http://www.brunschwig.com. The company dates back to 1891, when it was founded by Achille Brunschwig and understanding classic designs and new trends has sustained a legendary business in one form or another since. Over the last year, the creative team at Brunschwig has returned to the archives and reintroduced classic patterns and re-inspired prints in new color stories.
I thought using a classically inspired fabric was perfect for this bench. We reupholstered using Brunschwig’s Bamboo Trellis in Blue. The fabric retails for $390.00 a yard. It features an embroidery detail on crisp white.
I finished the piece off with a painted treatment that removed the black & gold tones and highlighted the fabric’s blue. The finish was sanded down and varnished to give it an aged appeal. Battle, in my opinion won on either side.
I end with a quote and a message. Weapons don’t have to be used for violence, but in this case a symbol of delicate beautiful strength. In the words, never more true to my heart, of Edward Bulwer-Lytton: “The pen is mightier than the sword,” Touché!