Monkey Business

Deco Monkey by de Gourney

Deco Monkey  wallpaper by de Gournay

Spying interior design products featuring monkeys recently? Monkey mania isn’t new. Three hundred years ago, monkeys were all the rage. Coined singerie meaning “monkey trick” in French, they were jauntily outfitted and shown mimicking human behavior. Singerie usually describes decorative painting of the French Rococo period. Christophe Huet’s frothy decor at Chateau de Chantilly epitomizes the 18th century craze.

However, all this monkey business didn’t start with the French. Ancient Egyptians depicted monkeys in many works of art. But likely for religious reasons over courtly mirth.

Detail: Le Grande Singerie by Christophe Huet

Detail: Le Grande Singerie by Christophe Huet

Curiously, monkeys are still relevant in today’s design market. Is there still an ongoing interest in all things exotic? Environmental awareness? Maybe we need more fun in our lives? Whatever the reason, they are a welcome design consort.

Although subtly whimsical, these products aren’t childlike. Likely to be found in an upscale powder room than a nursery, they are refined…often with an added punch of satire.  Check out some favorites:

 

Frutto Proibito, Fornasetti Collection by Cole & Sons

Frutto Proibito, Fornasetti Collection wallpaper  by Cole & Son

Checkmate, Fornsetti Collection by Cole & Son

Checkmate, Fornasetti Collection wallpaper  by Cole & Son

Scimmia by SJW Studios

Scimmia  wallpaper by SJW Studios

Gibbon fabric by Clarence House

Gibbon fabric by Clarence House

Jembala fabric by Clarence House

Jembala fabric by Clarence House

Singeries by F. Schumacher & Co.

Singeries wallpaper by F. Schumacher & Co.

Speak No Evil by Jaima Brown

Speak No Evil fabric by Jaima Brown

Singerie in Loris by Fromental

Singerie in Loris wallcovering by Fromental

Sources:

de Gournay

Cole & Son

SJW Studios

Clarence House

F. Schumacher & Co.

Jaima Brown

Fromental

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Deborah Hetherington says:

    What beautiful fabrics! I did not know monkeys could be so whimsical and elegant at the same time!

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