Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Soho Grand Bathroom: Aviary by Schumacher

When my friends Emma and Jon were visiting New York earlier in the year, they stayed at the Soho Grand Hotel. I was living there at the time, so I strode in, looking like I belonged, and they sneaked me up to their room so I could have a look at the bathroom. Emma has a very good idea of what my taste is (she recently tore a photo shoot of Rita Konig's apartment out of a magazine for me as she knew I would love it, and she was so right - the Polaroids over the fireplace are one of my favourite design statements ever.)

At the hotel, I admired the metro tiles and the penny round tiles on the floor, of course, but I loved the wallpaper with a passion usually reserved for silver shoes, savoy cabbage gratin or daytime buying-property-at-auction tv programmes.

The wallpaper is Aviary by Schumacher. It was designed by Saul Steinberg, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, in the 1950s, and also comes in colour.

They also sell this charming New York wallpaper by the same illustrator, and there is also a similar design, Views of Paris.

I'm wondering if there is a place for the Aviary design in my flat - but I think a fourth bird wallpaper might be a bird too far.

Third image via Flickr. Bottom two images via The Peak of Chic.


Char said...

I really love it in the B&W - I could see it in a foyer.

ms. less is always more said...

ohhh... that paris scene is to die for. I must find somewhere to incorporate that in my house! Love.

I'm really liking the light in the picture shown as well... the up and the down light.

Rachel said...

It's so gorgeous! It's like they locked the artist in the bathroom and gave him a pen, because it looks so perfect in there.

Stephanie said...

These wallpapers are blowing my mind. It's like having Saul Steinberg doodle all over your walls (which would be a good thing).

Tina said...

what gorgeous wallpaper indeed!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Gorgeous bathroom! Have been trying to convince a client that wallpaper looks fabulous in bathrooms - will have to show her this pic! Tracey x

TheDecoDetective said...

I love birds, and especially cute drawings of them! Great wallpapers!

Jennifer Ramos said...

Ha! These are so neat!

Jen Ramos

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