{far and away}


I’ve mentioned before that I love the eclectic, well-travelled look that develops over time with new journeys and adventures and growing collections of souvenirs and artifacts from far-off places. It’s a look that brings out one’s personality in the form of things collected, and has been labelled globe-trotting chic. {I always find it somewhat humorous when things that are a given officially become a style.}

By far my favourite incorporation of this design aesthetic are these 1920’s Japanese silk panels, found in Paris’ Clignancourt markets, in this Parisian apartment (above).

The style has also made its way into public spaces, including Ivanka Trump’s Madison Avenue boutique (above, from an earlier post), and David Collins‘ fantastic “Victoriana meets the Far East” work at The Artesian Bar at the The Langham Hotel in London (below).

Global chic was also a recurring theme on the runways, as seen here in Jean Paul Gaultier’s spicy Spring styles.

{images style.com}

Another favourite is this traditional Indian Mango wood dresser (above), overlaid with hand-carved metal foil, reminiscent of the inlaid chest of drawers from an earlier post.

{las alamandas}

{images: top – living etc.; all other images from marie claire maison}

12 Notes
  • Thanks, Jillian!

  • Wow, this is so Haute Mimi :) Lovely and cultural. Fabulous!

  • angel-electric said...

    this is some insanely charming, beautiful, warm and inviting interior designing pictured in the last several images. quite possibly EXACTLY my style! i might have to copy for some future rooms in some future home… marvelous. the first picture with the wall hanging curtain is equally stunning.

  • Fabulous post! The Japanese screens are divine. Love the colors and styles of the Gaultier dresses! I could go on… Never knew that there was a style coined “Globe Trotting Chic”. That’s my word of the day ^_^

  • I love this colourful roundup – those silk panels are magnificent! And I love the fashion pics – amazing colour!

  • Hello TIG,
    Been years since London. And it may be a few more until we can get back. Mrs. E. is terrified of my stopping by the Burlington Arcade and the Row. The Scots ancestry comes out in her. A drink at the Langham in elegant company would surely soften the blow.

  • easy and elegant–drinks at the Langham it is :)

  • A wonderful style and it must be so fun to acquire the pieces. And what great cocktail conversation…. “carried it back from the Far East on my lap wrapped in this enormous ball of twine….”

    Globetrotting Chic? Wasn’t this idea popular at the end of the 19th Century when undertaking The Grand Tour? Silk panels would be easier to ship back than statuary, of course.

    It looks like we’ve got to get to the Langham one day.

  • Ooo htat first picture is lovely!
    Great find – and of course I love the candy coloured JPG dresses – Yum :-)

  • LOVE those colors. my friend brought a marie claire maison to lunch today and we were loving it….thank you!

  • I love this look too! Lovely post!

    Merriest of holidays to you!


  • Wow! Beautiful silks – truly glamorous!!

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