The French Art of Passimenterie

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Happy New Year readers!

I would like to focus on a trend that is all set to gain popularity this year. The craft of Passimenterie, which was highlighted in my last blog. The French word is new to me but the art is not.  Curiosity for the beautiful craft has probed me to delve a little further.

What exactly is it?

Passimenterie is the art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings of applied braid, gold or silver cord, embroidery, coloured silk, or beads for clothing or furnishings.

Handwork contributes to 80% of the overall production. It originated in France in 16th Century and indicated status or wealth.

The formal guilds taught decorative passimenterie and the apprenticeship would last 7 years. Thereafter, a...

Home Interior Trends for 2019

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Looking to renovate or design in 2019? Then consider these up and coming trends set by industry market leaders.

  • floral patterned wallpaper – oversized floral patterned wallpaper in bold colours are looking to take centre stage. An attention grabbing focal point indeed
  • jewelled tones – this trend peeps its head now and again. This rich seductive colour pallete can be enhanced using textures such as velvets and silks along with decor accessories and rugs. On the other hand, it can be played down by using it as subtle accents against a white or neutral background

  • patterned backsplash for kitchens – monochrome backsplashes in stone, glass, acrylic or tiles ha...

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