Something that never fails to inspire me is the random pattern that Farrow & Ball calls 'Vermicelli'. It is based on an 18th century textile, and the name translates literally to 'little worm'. Here in Atlanta, we are fortunate that one of the Benjamin Moore dealers now carries Farrow & Ball's full line of paint and wallpapers. I have a few samples of F&B Vermicelli, but this week I was able to look at the entire wallpaper book and I was amazed at the number of colorways of this beautiful pattern - 61 in total. Here are a few of my favorites (seeing them framed up like this gives me an idea...a series of framed vermicelli samples would look great!).
A few weeks ago, I saw a pillow in a store with fabric that looked identical to F&B's vermicelli. Does anyone know who makes this? I would love a pillow or two in this fabric. I think the pattern is truly transitional - somewhere between contemporary and traditional.
This picture above caught my eye when I was cleaning out my files. The windows have a lovely Jim Thompson silk ("Escape") in a very vermicelli like pattern, and the artwork on the walls (from Ty Stokes Gallery) repeats the random pattern beautifully. The room is by Suzanne Kasler, in a lake house she designed. The house had a decidely retro feel to it.
Atlanta's Carolyn Carr also paints with the soft, chaotic lines that I gravitate to (above).
One of my all time favorites, Rana Rochat (above), also has those random curving shapes.
I discovered Elliott Puckette through the blog world (I actually posted one of her works on my blog, and a reader identified it), and her style has the graceful, sinous lines that I love.
Finally, although I have already discussed my love for Barbara Barry and her lovely calligraphy themed art in many a post, there is certainly a reason for my fascination with this style.