Never in a million years would I think I would be the owner of several vintage Fortuny pillows. When I was younger, I thought Fortuny was the kind of label reserved only for “ladies who lunch”… And now, I am obsessed with certain things Fortuny.
I LOVE vintage Fortuny pillows on a clean lined sofa or chair. Or even a not-so-modern one, but mixed with other textiles like a wonderful animal print and solid velvets. They can make a modern sofa feel eclectic.
I would not, however, put them on a heavily carved or too formal piece of furniture; taken too seriously or in too large a dose, the fabric seems to lose its strength of character, in my opinion. I prefer Fortuny pillows unadorned—save the tassel trim for grandma, please. One or two pillows in a single room is just right. Try them on a super contemporary upholstered piece for a real surprise. Find the Authentic Vintage Fortuny Textile Pillows here.
As far as lighting, my new favorite fixture is a modern interpretation of the classic Fortuny silk fixture. Made by Oly Studio, I think this Sabina chandelier looks and feels like Fortuny, but has a contemporary sensibility. Now, if I could just get one of my clients to let me use it—in a foyer it would be a knockout!
This is the real McCoy: a fine Fortuny fixture. See how fabulous it looks in a danish modern room? Design by Frank Roop
Saturated with color, these would liven up a modern sofa. Image via House Beautiful
. Photo by Karyn R. Millet.
In a simple tailored bedroom, one lilac Fortuny pillow does it. Image via Veranda
. Design by Shannon Bowers. Photo by Peter Vitale.