BRIANA: Patchwork is picking up again. So let’s stitch together some opinions on this trend. Homespun sweetness or just a hot mess?
…and my thoughts on this sofa are essentially the same: I don’t know why I like it! My design style leans toward the classic, mid-century modern, the austere-with-a soft-edge. These patchwork pieces are the polar opposite. I can’t help myself from liking them, though. I think a crazy side chair like this Rug Collective one would make a perfect complimentary piece to my solid gray sofa:
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: There needs to be an element of randomness to doing patchwork, but a bit of cohesiveness, too. Perhaps a consistent palette that runs throughout the piece. But, in order for that palette to seem effortless, it needs to be applied in a somewhat imperfect manner, mismatched with a keen eye if you will. My favorite example of modern patchwork done right is with wallcovering, like this:
CAMILLE: Sorry, but I vote hot mess. While I think quilts can look great in the right setting (meaning anywhere Sarah Richardson wants to use one). This just looks so haphazard and accidental. It’s like a fabric experiment gone awry – Franken-furniture. ::shudders::
GRANT: It all depends on the size of the piece. A sofa or chair is way too much — however, I think a little dab of patchwork in a space is fun (like this Chippendale stool).
KAYLA: I’m not a fan. Not a fan at all. (Too many bad memories of patchwork scarecrow quilts and such.) This is the closest I’ll get to “patchwork” furniture:
FARIMA: I absolutely LOVE patchwork. I think it takes a keen sense of style to put together crazy patterns and colors and actually make it work harmoniously. Anthropologie does that so well, which is why it’s one of my favorite stores. I mean how could you not love this bedding?
Bill Murray can pull it off, though:
We’ve worked out our feelings about patchwork, now tell us what you think: