What's New at Lee Jofa : The New Collection from Suzanne Rheinstein
Offering a relaxed yet traditional sensibility, the third collection from Suzanne Rheinstein updates classic prints for 2019 with an infusion of fresh and bright colors. Archive-inspired patterns blend with new original designs for a contemporary look grounded in tradition.
“Montecito Floral is in the tradition of the grander Lee Jofa florals and I colored it in hues that might be easier to use today. All of the fabrics in this collection are grounded in tradition, yet I would love to see them used in more contemporary interiors. Cambria Crewel is derived from old English gardens.”
“Garden Roses are just those – leaves and flowers that were meant to look like the reverse side of block printed linen, where the colors and shapes are softer and are reminiscent of watercolors”.
“The blues in this collection came from sky and water – the brighter blues of Caribbean waters and the paler ones of glaciers – like the breathtaking Perito Moreno in Argentina. And once, I saw the elusive Himalayan poppy in bloom in the famed Canadian garden Les Jardins de Quatre-Vents, and never forgot that intense blue.
The patterns that look the most modern – the embroidered Lanare Paisley and the Indian Zag – are derived from antique fabrics. The almond shape of the paisley is filled with flowers and its large size, embroidered in rows, gives it a more contemporary feel. Indian Zag came from an antique hanging I bought on a trip to India and I have recolored it for this collection in a fresh way. I can definitely see the Lanare Paisley and Garden Roses or Montecito Floral together. I have used the original Indian Zag in both traditional and more contemporary settings”.