Bargello, that originated from a style of needlework discovered on bits in Italy’s medieval Bargello Palace, refers equally to a method of embroidery (flat, vertical tiles that form geometric tiers) and into the consequent pattern. We’re most comfortable with it as a flame stitch, but it requires different forms as well: ribbons, diamonds, chevrons and arabesques, to mention a few.
Bargello’s graphic appeal and versatility have given it staying power through the centuries. Now, thanks to design icons such as Jonathan Adler, the routine has resurged in fresh new ways. Here’s a peek at the possibilities.
Flame stitch sometimes feels like a relic from the ’80s, but maybe not here. A stunning tile mosaic makes this powder room sparkle just like a jewel. This is reinvention done correctly, true to the soul of the original but recast with an entirely new attitude.
Jessica Lagrange Interiors
A bit of bargello brings to life an easy upholstered mattress frame.
Alexandra Torre Design & Interiors
Muted flame stitch upholstery, teamed with contrasting florals on the seat back and carpeting, provides this vintage fauteuil seat form a burst of energy. The monochromatic palette aids the flame sew appear complicated rather than dated.
Jagged waves in autumnal colors divide across this wing seat. The routine evokes the soul of standard flame stitch but with a fresh, picture strategy — just right for this transitional living area.
Wall Pops form an overscale bargello-inspired layout that doubles as artwork and injects a needed dose of layout and colour.
Jonathan Adler is a major influence on bargello’s revival. His bits, such as the two little accent pillows on this sofa, include the pattern in a variety of distinct forms.
A chevron bargello print is worn by the other Adler pillow. The suggestion of exoticism in the pattern marries nicely with the bohemian notes in the area.
Bargello does not have to shout. Subtle, undulating waves give the appearance of texture to this neutral rug.
LLC, steak Lutz Interiors
In a similar manner, a restrained bargello print brings only enough pattern into this stairwell without overwhelming the strategy.