Sheila Bridges is the designer best known for designing Bill Clinton's Harlem office, but her latest project is far more impressive in my mind.
After searching for the perfect toile for her home to no avail, Sheila, also a best-selling author and host of Sheila Bridges: Designer Living, decided to design it herself. The result is the gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Harlem Toile de Jouy which is available as wallpaper and bedding. There is also an exhibition featuring the wallpaper at The Studio Museum in Harlem through March 2007.
Sheila recently told the Washington Post and other media outlets that she designed Harlem Toile de Jouy "to tell a somewhat satirical story about African American life as seen through the sometimes distorted lens of the media." In other words, to make people think a little harder about the various stereotypes that are continually associated with African-Americans from all walks of life. Sheila's design bypasses traditional (white) pastoral scenes and revolutionizes toile with black girls jumping Double-Dutch, black men playing basketball and black ladies doing their hair (hello!) And will you check out the couple jamming to the boom box!
My kind of fabulous...