Fabric from the 1980s, that is. There are certain prints that were last popular in the 1980s- prints that were exotic in a stylized kind of way and that packed a whole lot of punch. They were aggressive, much like 80s fashion. Case in point- the fabric on the cushions and chair shown above. I've been trying to find a fabric like that for some time now, but I suppose this print has fallen out of favor. Personally, I think it's high time to bring it back.
I've had quite a few helpful readers comment about the fabric at top. Some say it was Brunschwig, while others say Braquenié or Clarence House. Regardless, it's a fabulous print. In fact, one reader from Texas who shares my favorable opinion of this fabric was kind enough to send me an old Architectural Digest article in which our beloved fabric appeared:
Another favorite print that I'm pretty sure has been discontinued is this Braquenié print, above. My parents used to have this fabric throughout their bedroom and sitting room, and I also remember seeing it used as curtains at Le Gavroche back in the late 1980s. I'd love to use this fabric on something in my home-if only it were still in production.
A Clarence House print c. 1989 (if you can see it; the photo was tiny). The blue and tan colorway makes this print seem more palatable for those not into vibrant color.
And then there is this Braquenié fabric, Bordure Cheverny, that is currently available. It's a beautiful print, but for me it's all about the banded print amongst the flowers. They need to produce that print solo. Just my humble opinion.