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S, M, L, XL: Vermicular…Worms!

M / French cotton Vermicular print fabric, circa 1895

Versace storefront on Madison Avenue, photo: Tilton Fenwick

Vermicular! Worms!! A little history…the Ancient Roman term “vermiculatus” described a pattern “inlaid as if in the tracks of worms,” which has been used in architecture and design for centuries.  Originally carved into stone as surface ornament, the pattern was adopted into global textile design, seen in both Western patterns as well as most notably in the background of Indian palampores. Centuries later, we’re still fans of this decorative motif!


House Beautiful Instant Room!

It’s a Tilton Fenwick Instant Room to be published in this September’s House Beautiful!  Quintessence Blog has the full story behind the space we created – check it out for the full feature!


S, M, L, XL / Agate

Set of 4 Agate Coasters, RabLab via Vivre.com

Wily Daro Blue Agate Table Lamp, via Antiqueria Tribeca/1stDibs

Whorled Felt Rug, 6" x 7.25", via Anthropologie

Concetto Cesarstone fireplace surround/ Designer Unknown, via Jaclyn Paige Tumblr

S , M , L ,  XL


TF + DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Today is the day! The Architectural Digest Home Show opens – along with the DIFFA Dining by Design tables.  Our “Emerging Designer” table will be on display at Pier 94 through Monday – if you’re in NY, we hope you can check it out (along with SO many amazing table creations and the AD Home Show!).  Here are some images and the info behind our inspiration, in the event Pier 94 is not one of your destinations over the next three days…

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Our inspiration…“Vuelta” by Christian Lacroix through Designers Guild, distributed at Osborne & Little. Our most heartfelt thank you to all at Designers Guild and Osborne & Little for their generous donation of fabric to benefit  DIFFA – Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

“Vuelta” by Christian Lacroix through Designers Guild. Distributed at Osborne & Little.

 “Vuelta conjures up a scene of  the flowers thrown to the toreros after the corrida.

As a reference to this bullfighting tradition, a rain of carnations – his favorite flower – would also pour onto Christian Lacroix after each show.”

As a continuation of this over-the-top floral print by Lacroix, we had an 8′ x 8′ platform handpainted to match the table skirt.  We have NO doubt in our minds that our decorative painter is one of the best in the world…we are still in awe of how beautifully he continued the pattern and colors exactly onto the floor – the extension of Lacroix’s “rain of carnations.”

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

We chose lucite ballroom chairs – the “Crystal Chair” from Canvas Home – as to not compete with the table and flooring. Below, a view right through!

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

A red ruffle at each corner is our reference back to Lacroix’s original inspiration – the red of the matador and the throwing of red carnations!

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

And to the tabletop… layers, layers, layers!

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

The blue and white plates were a vintage LA flea market find, perched above Mottahedeh Blue Lace chargers.  Napkins and placemats from William Wayne.  Towle silver from Bed, Bath and Beyond – love us a little high-low!

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Tilton Fenwick DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Thank you again for the true generosity of those at Designers Guild + Osborne & Little, and our amazingly talented vendors that we are honored to call friends: Luther Quintana Upholstery (tablecloth) and Agustin Hurtado (custom painted floor).


Window Display Foray!

Last night, we celebrated along with our friends at Lillian August for the launch of New York City Cottages & Gardens!  In celebration, we designed a window (progress shots above!) along with windows by Amy Lau and the NYC&G Rising Stars, Curious Yellow.  The launch party was a true success – with a huge turn-out and Prosecco flowing!

Most especially, we’d like to thank all of our colleagues, friends, and family who came to support our foray into window design. For those who weren’t able to make it last night (or won’t be in the neighborhood of 19th Street between 5th & 6th over the next month – yes – it will be up for the next month!) here are some quick snapshots of the full window…

Lillian August Window Display by Tilton Fenwick

Lillian August Window Display by Tilton Fenwick

Lillian August Window Display by Tilton Fenwick

Lillian August Window Display by Tilton Fenwick

Lillian August Window Display by Tilton Fenwick

Lillian August Window Display by Tilton Fenwick

Lillian August Window Display by Tilton Fenwick

Our inspiration? A Parisan themed toile printed fabric by Dominique Picquier “Paris gypse” sold in the US by Studio Four NYC (n.b. it’s based on a Medieval map).

"Paris Gypse" by Dominique Picquier via Studio Four NYC

With this fabric, a red solid and a ticking stripe, the Lillian August upholstery workroom transformed our vintage settee.  (Did you know Lillian August has a full upholstery and woodworking workroom in Norwalk, CT open to the trade? – we were SO impressed!)

Team TF photo op out front, photo: Liza Morten

We hope you’ll swing by over the next month – to see ALL the windows (Amy Lau and Curious Yellow both knocked it out of the park!) and check out the goodies inside the huge two floor Lillian August home store – that span a full city block between 19th & 20th streets!