Japanese-Inspired Fabric for a Rhode Island Chair

Penelope Green, The New York Times, February 20, 2013

Since Cade Tompkins opened her gallery space three years ago in her home in Providence, R.I., she has been using the mid-19th-century brick Italianate house, designed by Russell Warren, as more than just an installation site. It has become a collaborative device in her shows of contemporary artists like Beth Lipman, who covered Ms. Tompkins’s dining room walls with 30,000 pieces of glass, in a shimmering illusion of “wallpaper.”


This month, Ms. Tompkins has upholstered a chaise longue with fabric by Serena Perrone, who makes silk-screened photolithographs that meld images recalling Japanese Edo woodcuts with domestic Western objects and architecture. The fabric is called Biwa, after a lake in Japan, and it is hand-printed to order by Ryan Parker and Shelby Donnelly, technicians for the artists, for $495 a yard with a 12-yard minimum.

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