Translating classic design into beautifully modern housewares is Thomas Paul’s stock-in-trade. The New York City native came to home goods through fashion, appropriating the patterns he designed for neckties for a silkscreened line of throw pillows. Today, the Thomas Paul aesthetic includes stylized flora, fauna, chinoiserie, damask and toile prints, as well as gothic and Grecian silhouettes. In his hands, they grace everything from melamine platters and porcelain dessert plates to large-scale rugs and fine art pieces.
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Flora, fauna, and the occasional classic damask pattern are among the motifs decorating these colorful linen throw pillows by Paul, a former fashion designer. Each is silk-screened and hand-sewn, and comes with a feather-and-down insert. Don’t miss the tote bags either, with similarly naturalistic designs
Celebrate spring with one of Thomas Paul’s colorful silk-screened pillows. Motifs including flora, fauna and the occasional grayhound grace each of these hand-sewn, 100-percent-linen beauties. Or perhaps you’d rather have one of the former fashion designer’s jaunty jute totes or playful melamine plates. The latter are here in a half-dozen patterns, from Hong Kong Garden (based on Asian blue-and-white ceramics) to Artifacts (inspired by ancient Roman textiles).
Resting your head against a work of art is usually frowned upon — but not if that work of art is actually a gorgeous throw pillow by Thomas Paul. His highly stylized depictions of birds, elephants and flowers are silkscreened onto white cotton pillows in single colors, which makes it easy to match them to your existing decor. He also makes multicolored silk pillows in softer tones.