The daybed is having a design renaissance.
Article by Caitie Kelly
Maison Madeleine, the Los Angeles-based furniture company, has collaborated with the American heritage brand Sister Parish on an unlikely piece: the daybed. “You see a lot of them in old-world French homes and around Europe, and even on the East Coast in sunny, porched rooms,” says Maison Madeleine’s founder, Leah Cumming. The solid oak beds feature scalloped details and upholstery in one of four fabrics from Sister Parish, the textile and interiors brand run by the namesake designer’s granddaughter Susan Crater and great-granddaughter Eliza Crater Harris. As Harris explains, the textiles are full of references to Parish and her design firm, Parish Hadley. “Mahalo is a woven check that was derived from a canopy bed that my great-grandmother had,” she says, though this iteration is woven from recycled polyester that repels water and resists mould, mildew and staining. Dolly, a flower and stripe design that Parish often used within her own houses, is one of the company’s most popular textiles. Parish Stripe, a classic blue ticking, and Sintra, a botanical print from the Parish Hadley archives, round out the selection. (The collaboration’s collection will expand in the fall with dining chairs in a woven floral jacquard called Georgina that’s made at a mill in Pennsylvania.) While a daybed may not seem like a staple piece, Harris emphasises its versatility: “You could use it for a houseguest or to lounge on and read a book, or for your dog to lay on in the sun, or curl up on it with a glass of wine,” she says. “It’s actually quite practical.” $8,500, shopmaisonmadeleine.com.
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