After a long search for the perfect Toile for her home, interior designer Sheila Bridges decided that it didn’t exist. So, she created her own nearly 15 years ago. Now, Bridges’s iconic Harlem Toile de Jouy pattern will be widely available on furniture for the first time ever thanks to a new collaboration with The Inside that launches today.
A reinterpretation of the traditional French Toile, Harlem Toile de Jouy mixes typical pastoral scenes with modern-day African American life in New York City. “The pattern, which lampoons some of the stereotypes commonly associated with African Americans, ultimately celebrates their complex history and rich culture, which has often been appropriated,” a press release reads. A renowned pattern in the world of design, it’s been featured in the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, and the Musée De La Toile De Jouy in France. It’s also part of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection.
“I have always wanted to see my Harlem Toile De Jouy design on furniture that was affordable, and now, thanks to my latest collaboration with The Inside, that will be possible,” Bridges said in a press release. “After spending so much time at home due to the pandemic, I realize more than ever how incredibly important it is to surround yourself with furniture that brings you joy but won’t break the bank.”
As part of the new launch, the design will be featured across the Inside’s gorgeous furniture and decor, including everything from sofas and throw pillows to ottomans and beds. Even better, there are five brand new colorways inspired by the schemes in Bridges’s homes.
Ready to furnish your home with Bridges’s iconic design? Shop a some of our favorites below, and check out the full collection at The Inside..
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