design   //   March 17, 2015

MAD FOR MARTINIQUE

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Here’s a little green for your St. Patrick’s Day! While some wallpaper trends come and go (chevron, anyone?), there are also those designs that are so classic that they remain chic year after year. The first one that comes to mind? The banana leaf, of course. Even those of us who don’t know a thing about interior design recognize the iconic design. The “Martinique Banana Leaf” (not to be confused with Dorothy Draper’s Brazilliance, which, though very similar, is actually different in that its design includes sea grapes) was designed by Don Loper in 1942 especially for the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s since been installed in many a star-studded home (including Nate Berkus’ and Nicky Hilton’s) and hotspots like Indochine in New York City. It’s amazing that this design is nearly 75 years old (!) and looks just as chic as did it when it was first designed. That’s a true testament to Loper’s skill as a designer. The bright green leaves pack a serious punch, too, don’t they? I love the idea of using it on simply one wall in a library, or really going for it floor-to-ceiling in a powder bath. It’s a design that I so wish I could find a place for in my own home but sadly know that it probably won’t happen. I guess I’ll have to settle for a pair of these pillows (or perhaps a stay at the BHH!) to get my Martinique fix.

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Images via House Beautiful, GlamPad, Elle Decor, Lonny