I have always had a love affair with raffia, most things straw really, so it felt very natural to wrap this chair in a version of my most loved material.
I met a wonderful man in a local market by my home who helped wrap the chair for me.
I was immediately drawn to this particular fabric from the Schumacher/Cabana collection, the color combination and print feels very much like the kinds of things in and around my home, a strong synergy of a fresh, old-world, tropical paradise.
My talented niece, India, collaborated with me on the hand painting of the chair. We decided to keep the colors and the detail to a minimum to not distract from texture, craftsmanship and the rich print.
I designed the chair to sit peacefully in a rather noisy entrance, where dogs and children are usually barking and chasing each other, it is a wonderful compilation of so many things I treasure and admire -- design, color, print, local talent and function.