In 1941, Brunschwig & Fils founder Roger Brunschwig went off to war and his wife, Zelina, took over the family business. Mrs. B, as she was affectionately called, was a woman of great style, sophistication and inventiveness. Mrs. B is credited with developing the brand and aesthetic of Brunschwig & Fils as we know it today and for introducing scheming into its marketing efforts. Her motto "Good Design Is Forever" still holds true today.
Mrs. B collected documentary textile designs found in American houses for years, and she was keen to make use of the great collection of European documentary patterns that her husband, Colonel Brunschwig, and his father, Achille, had collected and stored in France. It was arranged for these precious documents to be packed in map cases and sent to America for safekeeping during WW II. More than 10,000 documents are now preserved in the Brunschwig & Fils archive. The Brunschwig & Fils collection displays a constant recycling of past designs – updated and recolored when necessary – illustrating the company’s motto that good design really is forever.
Product Identification -
- 1) Wallpaper: Treillage Sidewall, color Leaf BR-60100-3; Shams: Festival of Lanterns Linen Print, color Green BR-79704-3 & Essex Texture, color Aqua 8014110-513; Pillows: Talavera Linen, color Leaf 8014104-3, Marquesas Linen Print, color Palm BR-79617-3, Aravali, color Jasper/Tan 8014106-316; Bed Sheet Linens Courtesy of Matouk
- 2) Furniture: Bedford Chair BR-2108 in Alexandre, color Driftwood 8014114-166; Pillows: Lightning Bolt, color Antique 8014121-411, Batik, color Rattan 8014124-616, St. Tropez, color Fawn/Pebble 8013116-116
- 3) Wallpaper: Le Grand Palais in Sapphire BR-69097-5 Furniture: Toulon Settee 27-00712-66-23-L42 from Niermann Week in Lubeck Cotton Velvet, color Sapphire Blue BR-89779-278 Pillows: Essex Texture, color Indigo 8014110-5, Railway Velvet, color Indigo/Aqua 8014113-515 & Coeur Cable-S, color Marine T8012104-55, Sudhira, color Blue 8014105-515 & Coeur Cable-S, color Canton Blue T8012104-5, Kila Velvet, color Sapphire 8013103-5 & Coeur Brush, color Canton Blue T8012114-5, Essex Texture, color French Blue 8014110-515 & Coeur Band, color Marine T8012107-55