Saturday, April 26, 2014

Crazy for Chevron!

by Nicole Lindquist

There is almost nothing better for freshening up a space than the addition of a bold pattern. One pattern that we love here at Allem Studio is chevron, as seen hereherehereherehere, and here. And this is just a small sample of our chevron printed products! Told you we love it!

The word chevron comes from French and refers to the rafters joined to create a roof. Not surprisingly, as the name suggests, a single chevron looks something like the uppercase Greek letter lambda, i.e., an inverted V shape. However, the pattern is often repeated on textiles and in design and architecture to create a zigzag or wave-like effect.

Given the mod look of this pattern, you might be surprised to learn that it actually has ancient roots and can be traced back nearly four thousand years to pottery found on the island of Crete in Greece. Since the 18th century chevrons have commonly been used as insignia to denote officer rank in various militaries around the world. Chevrons are also often seen on coats of arms and have frequently been used historically as a layout for hardwood flooring where the pattern is referred to as "point de Hongrie."

In more recent history, the chevron pattern was adopted and popularized by several fashion houses, particularly Missoni, which incorporated the pattern liberally into their trademark multicolored knits. Due in part to the influence of the fashion industry, chevron exploded in popularity in the 1970s and has recently been enjoying a resurgence. You can now find chevron on just about anything you can think of for your home from chairs and coffee tables to rugs, lamps, and pillows.

With such a long history and such diverse applications, chevron can quite appropriately be described as classic, retro, or modern depending on how one chooses to use the pattern in an interior design scheme. We've created a mood board using our Chevron Orange Pillow as inspiration.

The Allem Studio pillows featured in our mood board this week are our
Chevron Orange Pillow and our Casablanca Navy Lumbar Pillow.

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