When we discovered in a Dallas antiques shop a pair of Art Moderne chairs, each delineated by black-hued wood, we recognized furniture that not only made a design statement in its day, but had the potential to assume a new identity now. With their rounded armrests sculpted in a kind of softened rectangle, prevailing horizontal lines, and a form at once organic and rectilinear, as is typical of Art Moderne, the later incarnation of the Art Deco, the chairs seemed ideal for a new fabric we had come upon in Ann Mashburn’s Atlanta flagship store. Ann and her husband, Sid Mashburn, own and operate a series of men’s and women’s namesake clothing stores (called, respectively, Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn) noted for their cutting-edge shoes, outfits, and other garments sold under their own brand and others. Ann Mashburn explains how she found the fabric at a trade show she attended in Milan. “We do a lot of work with silk manufacturers in the Como area of Italy, which is known for silks and elaborate patterns,” she explains. This lightweight jacquard, woven using a combination of metallic yarns and cotton, struck her as something perfect for what has morphed as of this spring into her Aurora top (which she is seen wearing here); she has since used the fabric to make a Flor shift dress. “I am usually not so keen on a lot of dazzle,” she admits, “but this felt shimmery instead of sparkly. I like how it feels a little Chinoiserie.”
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PRODUCED BY SHANNON BOWERS
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRIE WILLIAMS
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
This story appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of MILIEU.
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