Barbara Barry is one of my favorite designers, in part because I love her design philosophy (which translates to very pleasing interiors to my eye). Barry says that she is inspired by the light, the colors of nature, the proportion of things around her. She calls herself an artist, and says that she "thinks of rooms as paintings, with the same requirements of composition, color, and clarity of line that creates a balanced whole".
Barbara Barry interior design, via Studio Annetta's blog
Last week, while perusing a lovely chair from Barbara Barry for Henredon, the salesperson told me that Barbara Barry's father was a calligrapher. I tried to confirm this by doing some web research, and did not find anything. However, it would make sense given her clear love for calligraphic ornamentation in her work.
Calligraphy has always been a source of inspiration to me, and used to be a serious hobby of mine. I have given many friends the gift of calligraphy as their wedding present. It seems like an art that is fading given the beauty of computer generated fonts (I can hardly tell the difference, and have been known to lick my finger and do the smear test to see if it is genuine calligraphy), so I love that Barry incorporates the beauty of calligraphy into some of her work.
Barbara Barry Tibetan wool rug 'Waltz' , Tufenkian Carpets.
Barbara Barry for McGuire. Note the artwork above the caned settee, with its calligraphic flourishes.Note the scroll on the pillow cases. These are Barbara Barry sheets, sold at Bloomingdales.
Barbara Barry for McGuire 'Script' armchair
Barbara Barry for Henredon room scene. Note the calligraphic style of the art above the sofa.