Sheila Bridges Is Making Her Famous Harlem Toile Pattern Accessible to Everyone Thanks to a New Décor Collaboration
Scoring Harlem Toile de Jouy patterned furnishings for your own home has never been easier thanks to the designer's new launch with The Inside.
If you've ever dreamed of having Sheila Bridges' iconic Harlem Toile de Jouy patterned furniture pieces throughout your home, then now's your chance. Today, December 9, custom upholstered furnishing brand The Inside is launching an exclusive collection with Bridges, bringing the legendary designer's beloved design to an assortment of furniture and décor items for the home.
- Sofas: The Inside x Sheila Bridges Modern Sofa
- Room Dividers and Screens: The Inside x Sheila Bridges Scalloped Screen
- Outdoor Chairs: The Inside x Sheila Bridges Cabana Chair
- Beds: The Inside x Sheila Bridges Square Back Bed
- Benches: The Inside x Sheila Bridges X-Bench
- Ottomans: The Inside x Sheila Bridges Drum Ottoman
- Throw Pillows: The Inside x Sheila Bridges Throw Pillow, 16-inches
For the first time ever, Bridges' popular pattern will be available to purchase on a wide range of items, including sofas ($1,899, theinside.com), room dividers ($399, theinside.com), outdoor chairs (from $145, theinside.com), beds (from $849 for a queen, theinside.com), benches (from $329, theinside.com), ottomans ($329, theinside.com), throw pillows (from $69, theinside.com), and more. And if all that weren't exciting enough, the collaboration will also feature five new and never-before-seen colorways of the pattern, including Envy (a rich green), Paris Blues (a bold blue), Lupine (a lovely lavender), Stone (a versatile gray), and Tuxedo (black), so you can design a one-of-a-kind Harlem Toile de Jouy piece that speaks to your specific home. "I love the fact that The Inside's furnishings are customizable, but without the long lead times," Bridges says. "The colorways are brand new and inspired by many of the schemes that I live with in my own homes."
A modern spin on a classic decorating motif that originated in 18th-century France, Harlem Toile de Jouy rewrites the narrative of toile, a romantic pattern marked by repeated pastoral, floral, or bucolic scenes. The pattern features illustrations that challenge certain constructs of Black representation and beauty, while celebrating the complex history and rich cultural legacy of African Americans. "For me, Harlem Toile de Jouy is one of the most important textile designs of the 21st century," explains Danielle Walish, the creative director and co-founder of The Inside. "It forces us to question iconography and the meaning behind it, all while retaining the charming appeal that toile has given the decorating community for centuries."
Bridges created Harlem Toile de Jouy, which has been featured in The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, The Museum of Art and Design in New York City, and the Musée De La Toile De Jouy in France, when she couldn't find the right toile pattern to incorporate into her own home. "I have always wanted to see my Harlem Toile De Jouy design on furniture that was affordable, and now, thanks to my latest collaboration with The Inside, that will be possible," Bridges explains. "After spending so much time at home due to the pandemic, I realize more than ever how incredibly important it is to surround yourself with furniture that brings you joy, but won't break the bank."
Along with providing a more inclusive way of incorporating images and narratives into our homes, Bridges' Harlem Toile de Jouy is an artful reminder of the importance of celebrating African American culture. "The opportunity to celebrate Sheila and her patterns is a total honor for us," Britt Bunn, the CEO and co-founder of The Inside, says. "It also gets to the heart of what we're aiming to do at The Inside: unlock access to iconic design at approachable prices—and give people a good time decorating."