Friday, May 4, 2012

Glade: An Enchanted Forest

A vintage card was the inspiration; 
paint and découpage were the media used to carry it out. 
Welcome to Glade, a fun project recently completed by one of my favorite designers,
Carolyn Quartermaine, and her oft partner, Belgian artist Didier Mahieu.

The Glade is a tucked-away bar inside of London's West End restaurant and gallery, Sketch.They  created a dreamy landscape of a fairytale forest, all inspired from a scene found on an early 20th century communion card, handed down to Mahieu by his grandmother.


They had only one week to perform their magic, so with a dozen artists and designers wielding their scalpels, they set about their transformation. After having enlarged and reversed the design, they printed it onto hundreds of meters of paper. Then they painted the walls with vast patchwork swathes of blue, intermingled with flashes of color, against which the cut-out pieces were pasted.
Trompe l’oeil shadows of leaves were added as they glued the pieces on, filling the four walls. 

Vintage 1950s rattan furniture pieces from Portofino, Sardinia and
South of France were added, along with many of Quartermaine's screenprinted fabrics. 

Très chic, no?



  1. Simply stunning amazing work of art used in such a unique way!!

    Thank you Annie!

    I have featured an Interview on my site with Tina from The Enchanted Home...


    Art by Karena

  2. Très Très chic - I am mesmerised - thank you for such a sumptuous feast of gorgeousness! Francesca

  3. that was truly and 'enchanted' getaway to wake up to this Sunday morning!! what talented artists!!! ^)^linda



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