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Textural Tendencies

Sid Mashburn Silk Knit Tie

Texture. Whether it’s your dream haircut, or the reason you love curling up with that old cable knit blanket so much, the aesthetic and palpable appeal of texture is undeniable. It adds depth and character, and for us design junkies, the cuts and folds are capable of playing tricks with our eyes and hearts.

Drake’s of London, Four Ply Baby Camel Hair Shawl Collar Cardigan, inspired by a William Claxton photograph of Steve McQueen

In our recent re-watching of The Great Gatsby, we were less drawn to the extravagant use of open space that defined his mansion, and more interested in the use of texture throughout the home and in the characters’ clothing. The monogramming on his  hairbrush, comforter and the bottom of his pool all add perspective and personality to the space; even if in an utterly vain manner.

The use of monogramming in The Great Gatsby.

We also see the use of quilting in both versions of the film, on the paneled walls of Gatsby’s closet and on the drawers of his nightstands.

The use of quilted paneling in The Great Gatsby, old and new

The checkered deco tiles add complexity to his floors, and the gorgeous molding on the walls of his office implore you to reach through the screen and touch.

 

It’s this very reason, (at least the only one I can reasonably proffer), that Tom reaches for a thick chain link cardigan after returning from a horseback ride, at the height of a hot East Egg summer. Quite simply, texture inspires such a sentiment that it is capable of making us do some quite silly things. However in the midst of this heat wave, I’ll opt for rumpled linen over Tom’s thick cashmere.

 

 While unamused above, it’s the same feeling that rushes over Daisy later, as she holds Gatsby’s beautiful shirts in her arms, utterly overwhelmed.

Daisy is brought to tears by the mere quality of Gatsby’s shirts

When looking to interiors, texture can have a similar effect, as a deep and decadent grain can turn a piece into a centerpiece, granting that quilted stitch sofa consequence and centrality in a space. When executed with tact, a statement piece can attain near orbital status within a room, much like a dominant piece of art would.

Sofa no. Two Twenty. Two, Artisan upholstered with a quilted Natural Linen and contrasting Chocolate Brown stitch

 

Wood wrapped in North American Walnut with a hand rubbed Walnut Fog finish. Artisan upholstered with a quilted Natural Linen and contrasting Chocolate Brown stitch.

Dining Chair, no. One Five, in Chirone Verde Rosa

 

It’s our belief that furniture can and should assume that role in a room, something that can be achieved with upholstered drawer faces, a deep hand rubbed finish, or the inspired use of hides, leathers or tweeds.

 

ABOVE: Drawer faces upholstered in “Verona,” BELOW: hand applied Bleached Walnut with Havana Linen cabinet and drawer faces and satin nickel hardware

Bench made from Black Walnut sourced from New England and the Mid Atlantic. Shown in hand applied Bleached Walnut with Havana Linen cabinet and drawer faces and satin nickel hardware.

 It’s a tempting feeling of intimacy that invites the eye, and implores the hand to touch and explore.

Chair no. Twenty Nine, with a Dune Linen interior and Brown Pony Hide exterior and piping. Also features a hand applied Smoked Grey finish

Artisan upholstered with Dune Linen interior and Brown Pony Hide exterior and piping. Features a hand applied Smoked Grey finish on exposed maple legs.

The aura of a great texture can draw an individual in, and keep them within the orbit of a single piece. That is, assuming the bar cart is within reach…

 

 

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Tags: Baz Luhrmann, Cardigan, cashmere, chambray, Drake's, Drake's of London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby Interiors, home decor, Interior Design, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford, Shawl collar, Sid Mashburn, silk knit tie, texture, The Great Gatsby, Tobey Maguire

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