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Design Notes February 2017 Cabana x Schumacher

Cabana magazine is a rare breed in the world of publishing. Launched by Martina Mondadori Sartogo, an incredibly stylish Italian expat living in London, it’s more than just another interiors magazine. It’s a disruptor to the status quo. Where others are scaling back and shifting focus to digital, Cabana takes the joy of flipping through a physical magazine one step further by cladding its covers in actual fabric or wallpaper. Inside Cabana, pages are thick with photographs of spaces that feel elegant, layered and especially lived-in. Artisans are spotlighted, essays are transporting, and contributors range from designers like Barnaba Fornasetti to photographers Oberto Gili and Miguel Flores-Vianna.

Design Notes February 2017 Cabana x Schumacher

Published only twice per year, Cabana has quickly become a collectors item. The current issue features nine cover variations bound in fabric by Schumacher, the esteemed American fabric-house that’s been family-operated since 1889. It’s only apropos then that the bathroom that caught our attention wasn’t in one of Cabana’s beautifully old-world houses but in a full-page Schumacher ad. It’s an A-frame suite with walls and ceiling dramatically sheathed in their Indian Arbre linen. Embracing pattern-on-pattern, a collection of artwork is layered over the fabric while the wainscoting’s putty grey colour cleverly anchors the space. The washstand is made from an ornate console with wall-mounted taps and the built-in bathtub has a luxurious stone surround.

Like the rooms in Cabana, this bathroom also has a storied past. It’s tucked inside Cherryfields, the former country home of American socialite Nancy “Princess” Pyne. It was here that designer Albert Hadley used a glazed Schumacher floral to such applause it became known as Pyne Hollyhock chintz. The house, located in a bucolic New Jersey suburb lauded for rolling hills and equestrian pastimes, is now owned by the duo behind Dransfield and Ross. And so its design legacy continues.

Editor, Design Notes

Photograph © Schumacher/Simon Upton


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