The staff at Janet Brown Interiors had a conversation the other day about the term “the new traditional.” What does “new traditional” mean and how does it relate to interior design? Merriam-Webster defines tradition as “a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc. for a long time.” Think about the time-honored traditions of craftspeople all over the world – from furniture makers in North Carolina to Italian artisans who handcraft ceramics.
“Instead of fighting the darkness in the entry hall of a New York apartment, design Daniel Sachs played it up with Benjamin Moore’s moody Knoxville Gray. Antiques from four countries – an Italian mirror, an Indian painting, a Flemish table, and a Swedish chandelier – create a richly layered atmosphere in a small space. John Robshaw dhurrie.’ Interior design by Daniel Sachs. Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo. “A Classic Park Avenue Apartment with a Global Touch” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful (October 2010).
One way to add interest, depth, and warmth to your home is to mix furnishings from different periods and cultures, as designer Daniel Sachs did in the above photo. Dress the four-poster bed you inherited from your grandmother with textiles inspired by Indonesian embroidery. Pair the wicker furniture in your sunroom with colorful ikats and batiks – cool fabrics for Richmond’s sweltering summers. Pressed silver chairs from India give your mahogany dining table a new look. One designer who offers beautiful furniture and fabrics that you can mix and match with your existing pieces is John Robshaw, who draws inspiration from the colors and customs of India, Indonesia, and China. We share several photos of his textiles and furnishings below (and above), and we invite you to visit our main store and our design studio – both located in Carytown’s Cary Court – to touch and explore the offerings of John Robshaw. Let us help you use old traditions to create something new . . .
“John Robshaw’s pressed silver Indian chairs lend an exotic note to the dining room.” Interior design by Daniel Sachs. Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo. “A Classic Park Avenue Apartment with a Global Touch” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful (October 2010).
“With its Jonathan Adler shearling-covered chair and John Robshaw pillows, the conference room’s lounge feels invitingly residential.” Interior design by Daniel Romualdez. Photography by Joshua McHugh. Text by David Colman. “Moda Operandi’s Manhattan Offices,” Architectural Digest (September 2013).
“Vintage seating, John Robshaw pillows and a Moroccan-style rug by Pottery Barn set a jaunty tone in the reception area.” Interior design by Daniel Romualdez. Photography by Joshua McHugh. Text by David Colman. “Moda Operandi’s Manhattan Offices,” Architectural Digest (September 2013).
“French wallpaper elevates this country space. A variety of patterns in this bedroom make a bold statement: the bird motif wallpaper and Source UK’s Pom Pom rug, based on Japanese shibori, a tie-dye technique. The teeny bedside table is both charming and useful in this tight space.” John Robshaw bedding. Interior design by Kate Thornley-Hall. Photography by Angus Fergusson. Canadian House and Home (December 2010).
“Although the house’s exterior is Spanish Revival, the owners wanted a clean-scrubbed Nantucket-style kitchen. Counters and the wire-brushed oak island are topped with Breccia Imperiale, ‘the most beautiful milk-white slab of Italian marble you’ve ever seen,’ Howard says. ‘It’s aubergine and cool green veining hides everything.’ The scalloped window shade is John Robshaw’s Maansi Walnut. Viking range. Waterworks backsplash. RangeCraft hood. Antique nickel pendant lights by Visual Comfort.” Interior design by Jim Howard. Photography by Francesco Lagnese. “A Relaxing Georgia Beach House” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful (June 2010).
“A multitude of bold patterns balance each other. Custom sofa in Clarence House fabric. Table, J.F. Chen. Chairs, Anthropologie. Bench, John Robshaw.” Dallas home of interior designer Kelli Ford, her husband Gerald Ford and their children. Interior design by Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons. Photography by Max Kim-Bee. Text by Jeff Turrentine. “Haute Hues” produced by Carolyn Englefield. Veranda (January – February 2012).
“In a boy’s bedroom, Scheerer mixed blue, brown, and white cottons, playing with the scale of the prints. The headboard is upholstered in New Batik from China Seas. The brown patterned pillows are by John Robshaw, and the striped ones were recycled from a previous house. Walls are Benjamin Moore’s Marine Blue.” Interior design by Tom Scheerer. Photography by Matthew Hranek. ” A Blue and Light Caribbean- Style Design” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful.
“The living room of John Robshaw’s New York apartment, which he designed in collaboration with Sara Bengur. A John Derian sofa is upholstered in a linen by Robshaw and topped with his pillows, and the bone-inlay side tables hold mango-wood lamps fitted with shades by Robshaw; a mask from an Indian market, Turkish calligraphy mirrors, and a wood cow sculpture adorn the wall, which is painted in Farrow and Ball’s Red Earth.” Photography by William Waldron. Text by Ingrid Abramovitch. “Home and Abroad: John Robshaw’s New York City Home” produced by Anita Sarsidi. Elle Decor.
“An antique Indian chandelier hangs above a Syrian table in the dining room, the bleach-on-denim painting and chairs are by Robshaw; the statue is from India, the bust is from Cambodia, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Bachelor Blue.” Photography by William Waldron. Text by Ingrid Abramovitch. “Home and Abroad: John Robshaw’s New York City Home” produced by Anita Sarsidi. Elle Decor.
“Robshaw commissioned an artisan in India to make the kitchen’s wood-and-marble cabinet, the light fixture is by Harry Allen, and the appliances are by GE; the printed-cloth artwork is by Robshaw, and the dhurrie is vintage.” Photography by William Waldron. Text by Ingrid Abramovitch. “Home and Abroad: John Robshaw’s New York City Home” produced by Anita Sarsidi. Elle Decor.
“The master bedroom’s vintage cloth painting, bed, and bedding are from John Robshaw Textiles, the lamps are by Christopher Spitzmiller, and the walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Kensington Blue and New Hope Gray.” Photography by William Waldron. Text by Ingrid Abramovitch. “Home and Abroad: John Robshaw’s New York City Home” produced by Anita Sarsidi. Elle Decor.
“A custom upholstered chair in the master bedroom is covered in Rose Tarlow’s Chevalier in flaxseed. The pillow is from John Robshaw. The floral curtain fabric is Carlyle in rose, aqua, and sand by Michael Smith for Cowtan and Tout.” Interior design by Michael S. Smith. Photography by Lisa Romerein. “A Home by White House Decorator Michael S. Smith” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful.
“Bilhuber wanted to showcase the beautiful lines of the freestanding Waterworks Candide tub overlooking the garden. Tiger-print towels by Porthault are folded over the rungs of ladders from The Yellow Monkey. Curtains are of the same custom John Robshaw fabric used on the bed hangings in the adjoining master bedroom.” Interior design by Jeffrey Bilhuber. Photography by Don Freeman. “The Ultimate Craftsmanship” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful (November 2007).
“The walls, ceiling, and floor of the master bedroom are rich in organic textures and colors. The ceiling is covered in sheets of reeding. The bed canopy is a custom blockprinted John Robshaw fabric trimmed with Jim Thompson’s Bang Na trim in Damask Rose; it is suspended from the ceiling on chains. . . . A 19th-century French armchair is upholstered in C and C Milano’s Maremma in an energizing purple. Two garden stools from Tucker Robbins serve as side tables.” Interior design by Jeffrey Bilhuber. Photography by Don Freeman. “The Ultimate Craftsmanship” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful (November 2007).
“In the entrance hall, a rectangular table is skirted in a custom fabric by John Robshaw.” Interior design by Jeffrey Bilhuber. Photography by Don Freeman. “The Ultimate Craftsmanship” by Mimi Read. House Beautiful (November 2007).
“Gatewood layers pattern on pattern. Ikat on cushions and batik on table, both vintage. Tablecloth and pillow in John Robshaw Textiles fabric. Spoonback chair and Gothic fragment, both antiques. Console, [John] Rosselli. Indian dhurrie.” Americus, Georgia, home of antiques dealer Furlow Gatewood. Photography by Max Kim-Bee. “Well-Lived: 19th-Century Southern Cottage” by Carol Prisant. Veranda.
Textile designer John “Robshaw began as a painter working with fabric. . . . His bedding, pillows, and table linens are printed with the brilliant colors and patterns of Central and Southeast Asia – mesmerizing geometrics, intricate florals, and flowing stripes, not to mention the occasional elephant. And he is fascinated by the flamboyantly dressed wandering sadhirs, or holy men, of India. ‘They remind me that there are other paths,’ he says. ‘I could chuck it all and hit the road – with some good colors.’ ” Photography by Rebecca Greenfield. “Shortlist: John Robshaw” by Peter Tarzian. Elle Decor (September 2010).
What does “new traditional” mean to you?
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