In decorating, as in fashion, everything old becomes new again. And now pattern is back, popping up in a wide range of high-style interiors. The Victoria and Albert Museum makes it easy for anyone looking for inspiration with the second in its series of charming pattern books. The four compact volumes survey two centuries of kimonos; prewar British novelty patterns; the elaborate designs of Victorian architect and designer Owen Jones; and lush fin de siècle florals. Each comes with a CD of high-res images so designers can transfer, rework, or recolor the patterns for their own projects.
Secret Garden/Novelty Patterns/Owen Jones/Kimono; V&A Publishing/Abrams; $13 each; boxed set of four, $48; .
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