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Cabana x Schumacher

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.

Published only twice per year, Cabana has quickly become a collector’s 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.

Photograph © Schumacher/Simon Upton