16 June 2009

Carolyn Quartermaine ou le Neo Baroque

J'adore le Style Néo Baroque de la Designer Quartermaine.
Pourquoi ?
Parce que c'est frais, clair, féminin, raffiné, élégant, pûr
et un peu de funky fleuri, une petite touche de rose par ci par là,
c'est vaporeux, c'est léger et ravissant comme un boudoir...
C'est dans un article du magazine du Guardian ce week end que je l'ai decouverte...

(...)All of the walls and much of the furniture is white, enormous colour-stained canvases are propped against walls and in front of windows so that the sunlight filters through the stretched calico.
Quartermaine's career took off in the early 80s. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, she made her mark creating fabrics adorned with swirly, old-world calligraphy. "They were drawn from 18th-century French texts." she explains. This mood had its roots in the New Romantic movement. London's creative scene then was very small, so everyone knew each other - John Galliano, Tom Dixon, André Dubreuil and Quartermaine, who explains that their style was nicknamed "neo-baroque".

In 1986, Quartermaine had her first big break after she rang the then owner of Liberty to see if she could show him her work. "He liked it and gave me the entire fourth floor - and the main Regent Street window - to exhibit in for a month." Soon Terence Conran, Manolo Blahnik and Nicky Haslam were also snapping up her designs. In 1991, the fashion designer Donna Karan phoned her out of the blue to ask her to design her homeware.

Quartermaine has since created window displays for Louis Vuitton, packaging for Fortnum & Mason and interiors for the restaurant and bar Sketch, in the West End of London.

Last year, she was named designer of the year at the high-profile Paris design fair Maison et Objet, created the interiors of Joseph Ettedgui's home in France, and revamped London fashion and homeware boutique The Shop at Bluebird, kitting it out in a richly eclectic spectrum of furniture which is all for sale: calico-upholstered Louis XVI sofas, 60s tables covered in colourful tiles, Moroccan tables, chandeliers hung very low... A forthcoming project is the renovation of the interiors of Belgium's medieval Château de Beloeil. (...)

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