A love affair with Chinoiserie
Or should I say a love affair with de Gournay? Since moving to North London I almost forgot about them really but Friday I lunched with Lucy who told me all about her ideas to redecorate her new pied-à-terre which surprisingly, was not in SW1, 3 or 7 but in East London. Yes! East London. And Chinoiserie was a big part of this. Something from the past suddenly came to my mind. I remember grandmama's house, full of it, and I could never stopped looking at all those walls which could take your imagination far away. I always loved it. Perhaps these days is not on the menu as the less is more thing is everywhere, but really, I rather do the more is more thing. And believe me, making excess work is even more difficult. And if you do it well, the result is wonderful. And if you talk about Chinoiserie, you must talk about de Gournay, a fine purveyor of the art, and not only that, they also do hand painted wallpaper, fabrics, porcelain and hand carved furniture.
It all started when Claud Cecil Gurney did not find suitable artisans to restore the antique wallpaper in his family home, an art almost forgotten. He then decided to found the company and since 1986 de Gournay has revived ancient traditions and techniques that began in the 17th century by employing a team of highly skilled artists to paint traditional Chinoiserie, Japanese and Korean and 19th century French Papiers Peints Panoramiques wallpapers. Being renowned for striking 18th century Chinoiserie designs characterised by colourful flora and fauna, de Gournay’s fine art also extends to hand painted upholstery.
It is a world of vibrant and timeless designs that blend traditional art with a contemporary vision. As Claud Cecil Gurney says: “Our aim is to bring happiness into people’s lives by creating for them light, bright, vibrant and happy interiors where they can find refuge from the busy world of markets and events. Each of our interiors is a work of art hand-painted to meet the needs of discerning clients.”