It all started when I saw this chair on a design blog the other day and was blown away:
In the past, I've found that upholstery done with African fabric was a bit... much. I don't know, it just seemed a little too wild for my taste... and how do you "match" other pieces with such a crazy piece of furniture?? More and more, I am getting away from the concept of matching in design--though I have to fight the urge! I still lean towards teal and coral, and jewel tones... but I'm working on diversifying ;)
Well, something about that chair just spoke to me. I don't really like the yellow, but I love the contrast between a traditional armchair and the wild fabric. In fact, that fabric reminded me of the celestial blue fabric I bought a few months ago, and still haven't done anything with. The wheels started spinning, and then the fun began: oh my goodness, the gems I found searching for African textile furniture online! I am SO inspired to find something to upholster with fabulous cloth as a statement piece. Just check out these lovelies....
|I am blown away by these chairs... I think they might be my favorite. |
Modern chairs and a mix of fabrics that somehow work together.
Imagine these around a kitchen/dining room table
in an otherwise understated room? To die for!
|Close up, in NEON!|
|Wow. Antique mud cloth fabric (with some wear and tear) coupled |
with the antique chair, also imperfect. I love it! And mud cloth,
from Mali, might be a more feasible option for the color-shy out there.
|Well, this set of (discontinued!) chairs from Anthropologie is genius. |
And if Anthropologie jumped on the African textile bandwagon... that
definitely means the trend has stuck :)
|Neutrals and primary colors. The options are endless!|
|But this one... this one is my favorite. |
And look how lovely it fits right in with
this simple and classic room?!
|Here, a real life upholstered chair from an expat home in Dakar. |
She chose to go more neutral. Not too shabby, eh?!
|You can't argue the classiness of these mud cloth chairs in |
this Western kitchen. Am I right?!
|And last, but not least, this doozy of an armchair! |
Now, this one is still a bit wild for my taste,
but check out the mixture of textiles on the chair itself.
I also love wacky fabrics (ie. rando motifs),
and this chair does not disappoint.
I am so full of inspiration! I love the classic earthiness of the mud cloth upholstery as much as I am drawn to the bold wackiness of mixing African wax with traditional furniture. I think, though, that a room can only handle one of these chairs, unless you go with a variety like that first set of four chairs. I don't know, I can't imagine mixing more than one African wax chair in a living room, and although I'm trying not to be so concerned about matching... I do think picking a fabric with a good color pallet will be super important for the balance of the room in question.
Things to ponder, plan, and execute!
P.S. Changed my blog name on a whim. I will explain (still haven't decided if I'm gonna keep it) and make the necessary changes (about moi, links, etc) as soon as I have a free moment!