Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: The Paisley Pattern
It was the summer of 1967 when in the neighborhood of Haight Ashbury near to 100 thousand people gather around if what they call it summer of love. A social phenomenon where young people, wearing hippie clothes converged in some kind of a fairy tale summit. Music, drugs, and psychedelia were all over the place, and the phenomena were replicated in many parts of the world. Most of them wore hippie clothes and most of the hippie clothes had Paisley patterns.
Paisley is an ornamental textile design using the buta, a teardrop-shaped motif with a curved upper end. It became popular in the west several times in history, especially during the XIX Century in Europe. In the XX Century became extremely popular in the end of the 1960s and in the 1980s, when they started to call it bacteria pattern.
The Grateful Dead and the Paisley Pattern, in 1967
Paisley has managed to survive it. It is very rich and complex, so it can be overused. Don’t use it on walls or floors, because it is too dense. Keep it with soft tones, and restricted to small furniture and upholstery. Pair it with solid color furniture and other elements of design and you will enjoy a beautiful and vigorous pattern. Paisley is an all-time favorite of shirts and men’s ties. A Barcelona Chair with a couple of cushions upholstered in Paisley may be a bold try.
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