Thursday, June 13, 2013


A few months back I provided a little preview of John Robshaw's new upholstery line for Cisco Brothers when I saw it at the Gift Show. The entire collection was on view at High Point, and I wanted to show them in their best light, thus, waited until I could get beautiful shots to share.
Robshaw, the King of Prints, has made his indelible mark on the fabric industry with his modern Indian-made  block print designs. His collection of prints and wovens for Duralee brought his fresh designs to a new audience and in his new book, he tells the story of his design journey though  his travels and various influences. 
Wanderlust ways have him in a constant state of motion, ever-inspired by the global cultures and crafts he comes across in India, Asia and even further afield. With all this global infusion it was a surprise to find that his furniture collection is noticeably less adorned and elaborate than one might expect. Devoid of inlay, with Moorish cut outs and motifs few and far between. the assortment is instead,  clean, exacting and classically inspired. The pieces hint at exoticism, but do not shout.  Four special-edition block-printed fabrics exclusive to the collection will bring his look to an entirely new consumer who will be able to integrate it into many types of rooms, both modern and trad. There is also the option of COM (supplying your own fabrics).
The foundation for the collaboration between Cisco Pinedo and John Robshaw had been laid years ago, as the long time friends teamed up . The sustainable  eco aspect of the furniture,  designed to "incorporate a far flung romantic perspective on design learned from loitering around tea-rooms in Damascus and mirrored ball rooms in Jaipur palaces" were important to Robshaw.
Cypress Queen Bed with wooden columns

My hands down favorite, the Bengal Chair with vintage lines that makes me think Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh.

Benares Chair
 Deccan Chair
Luxor Settee
Modave Sofa
Lucknow Daybed
Diggi Ottoman
Almad Screen
Kishur Screen


Jessica Buckley Interiors said...

Beautiful collection! Great post, lovely to see all those beautiful pieces.

MJH DesignArts said...

Great collection: classic, but not "too".