A refreshing antidote to the contrived nature of much contemporary interior design, the textiles and decoration of Nathalie Farman-Farma have gained a devoted following among celebrity and socialite clients for their folkloric charm and romantic exuberance. Drawing on the enchantment of fairytales and a history of material culture spanning Persia, Central Asia and Russia, Farman-Farma employs traditional printmaking techniques to create exquisitely detailed fabrics, which she uses to conjure interiors infused with warmth and natural charisma.
Farman-Farma’s townhouse and studio in London and her family homes in Connecticut and Lake Tahoe feature in this captivating volume, forming the backdrop for her Décors Barbares range of fabrics, as well as her vast collection of antique textiles, costumes and jewellery. Vogue has called Farman-Farma “the textile designer you need to know.” Her clients include Lauren Santo Domingo, Tory Burch, and influential interior designer David Netto, who writes the foreword to this book.
Nathalie Farman-Farma was raised in Paris, France, and Greenwich, Connecticut. She studied classics at Brown and Columbia before working as associate editor for the New Yorker. She founded her studio, Décors Barbares, in 2010 in London, where she lives with her husband, Amir, and their two children.
Miguel Flores-Vianna has been a photographer, writer, and editor for more than 20 years. His books include A Wandering Eye (Vendome) and Haute Bohemians (Vendome), named design book of the year by T Magazine. His photography is regularly published in AD and Cabana. He lives in London.
David Netto is an influential interior designer who writes for T magazine, AD, and the Wall Street Journal.
In this book, Farman-Farma welcomes readers into her own family homes. Spanning from London to Connecticut to the shores of Lake Tahoe, the rooms she has created allow viewers to travel further still thanks to her rich and worldly array of inspirations.
Of all the big-gun design books coming out this season, none has been more hotly anticipated than that of the textile designer and alchemist Nathalie Farman-Farma. The pages of Décors Barbares: The Enchanting Interiors of Nathalie Farman-Farma depict a world of pattern upon pattern, of nostalgia for a past that Mongiardino made grand, Zeffirelli made fantastical, but only Nathalie made sweet, cool, and relatable.
Décors Barbares costars [Farman-Farma’s] personal spaces from the atelier at her London residence to an 1890s house in Greenwich, Connecticut. The addresses may be far-flung, but each celebrates her Silk Road chic with a spirited marriage of the vibrant palettes of Central Asia to the plump silhouettes of 19th-century Europe.
In Décors Barbares: The Enchanting Interiors of Nathalie Farman-Farma, the gifted textile designer opens the doors to her abundant world of global fabrics and fashionable artifacts, from her Bakstian muse at Ballets Russes to her pattern-laden residences in America and Europe.
Nathalie Farman-Farma’s interiors would not look out of place in a painting by Pierre Bonnard, with their artfully layered textiles and carefully chosen antiques striking a still-life pose at every turn. It helps, of course, that she does not have any clients to please here, allowing her creativity to run unfettered through her own and her family’s beautiful houses. It is thanks to this style unrestrained that we can experience the French-American designer’s vision at full tilt in this beautiful new book, each scene captured in painterly perfection by the photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna.
House & Garden
In devising the opulent fabrics and textiles for her company, Décors Barbares, Nathalie Farman-Farma often looks to fairytales for inspiration, as well as particular regions of the world, such as Persia, Central Asia, and Russia. . . . Her interiors are real-life fairytales.
While the house, on a promontory that overlooks Long Island Sound, is hardly au courant, Farman-Farma has nonetheless helped it evolve: Over the years, she has reimagined the interiors as a reflection of her peripatetic personal history and her well-researched ethnographic obsessions. With references that careen from Russian fairy tales and Uzbek ceramics to the rustic cabins of the Sierra Nevada and the soignée interiors of the World War II-era Parisian decorator Madeleine Castaing, Farman-Farma’s aesthetic catholicism melds seamlessly with the house’s East Coast establishment origins.
Maximalists will drool over Nathalie Farman-Farma’s richly-layered interiors, swathed in the patterns of her fabric house, Décors Barbares.
Nathalie Farman-Farma’s textiles and decor are celebrated among her devoted clientele “for their folkloric charm and romantic exuberance”. Featuring her London townhouse and studio, as well as her family homes in Connecticut and Lake Tahoe, this volume goes inside the mind and mesmerizing spaces of the designer and her delectable Décors Barbares range of fabrics, antique textiles, costumes and jewelry.