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Michael Devine's fabric
collection will be 20 years old
next year.
(Image: Courtesy of Lesley Unruh)
Divine Designs
In previous lives, Michael Devine
has been a fashion design student,
a department-store buyer, and a trend
editor-all occupations that helped
him hone his own inimitable look and
style for his namesake home textiles
and wallcovering collection.
First conceived at his kitchen
table in the early aughts, Devine's
hand-printed textiles caught the
eye of then-editor of House Beautiful,
Marian McEvoy, who offered to
feature them in the magazine.
" I realized that if I'm in a magazine,
I needed a place that sells my fabric,
and for that I'd need a collection. "
His first collection of just four patterns
launched in 2002 in a boutique
showroom in New York City.
That was almost 20 years ago.
Today, Michael Devine fabrics are
still hand-printed, though by a team
of artisans rather than by Devine
himself in his kitchen. He produces
a line of silkscreened wallpaper,
china that's hand-painted in Limoges,
France, and he has published a
book, An Invitation to the Garden,
starring his beautiful home and
gardens in Kinderhook, New York.
Aerin Lauder's bedroom in her
East Hampton home incorporates
Devine's Gramercy pattern, and his
fabrics are utilized in the elegant
guest rooms at the Mayflower Inn
in Washington, Connecticut.
In addition to drawing inspiration from
his gardens, much of Devine's work is
influenced by his time in France
as a young adult, studying the French
Hippy Scheme is a fun collection
with indoor/outdoor performance
capabilities from Schumacher.
(Image: Courtesy of Schumacher)
© An Invitation to the Garden:
Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors,
Michael Devine, Forward by
Charlotte Moss, Rizzoli, 2014.
(Image: Courtesy of Michael Devine)
language at the Sorbonne, art
history at the École du Louvre,
and cooking at the Ritz Escoffier
School. Damask-inspired motifs,
updated stripes and geometrics,
stylized ogees, pagodas, and graphic
flowers are among the themes in the
carefully edited assortment, available
printed on linen or outdoor-friendly
acrylic. Everything is to the trade and
made to order.
His designs are reminiscent of
the French toiles popularized in the
late 1800s or English countryside
chintzes. And Devine believes that
the time for these historic looks is
now. " One thing the pandemic has
done is that people are looking around
their homes and thinking, maybe
all this modern isn't so great, " he
notes. " A return to some of the more
traditional fabrics, such as chintz, is
more welcoming than some of these
stark, modern interiors. "
Recently, Devine and his partner,
Thomas Burak, former vice president
and design director of Schumacher,
relocated from the Hudson Valley
to Orange, Virginia, where they've
put the finishing touches on their
estate just in time to be featured in
Schumacher's Frederic magazine later
this year. And, of course, Devine's
garden will continue to inspire textile
designs for years to come.

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