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Deco Off 2023

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Unveiled for the the occasion of Paris Deco Off 2023, a new pair of hand embroidered designs demonstrate de Gournay’s expertise in couture-like craftmanship for walls - transforming their Paris showroom apartment with embellished depictions of a treetop canopy and the sea floor. Installed within the twin salons of the de Gournay apartment at the rear of the showroom on Rue des Saints-Pères, fabrics from Lelievre complete each interior alongside pieces from Christian Schumacher, Pierre Frey, Dedar and Beardmore hardware, schemes executed by de Gournay’s in-house design team.
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An abstract aquatic landscape rendered as though by moonlight in tones of Silver metallic thread, ‘Amami Waves’ is a splendid depiction of rolling waves and bubbling seafoam interspersed with reeds and seaweed in swirling patterns denoting the rhythm of the seas.
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Decorative sea creatures and intricate shells reminiscent of works by Edo period artist Ito Jakuchu bring life to the design, hand embroidered in a manner akin to haute-couture artistry on a pale blue moiré silk.
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In the new ‘Étienne’ design a troupe of Diana monkeys gambol amidst a canopy of gleaming Palm fronds - leaves of myriad Golden thread on a wool sateen ground of rich Yellow, against which the black and white colouring of the characterful simians creates a decoratively striking visual contrast.
Hand embroidered in its entirety, the design is inspired by a folding screen created in 1930 by Paul Étienne Sain - a celebrated artist of the era, who was awarded a gold medal at the Salon des Artistes Francais for the piece, and for whom the motif is named.
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