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Martinique® - An Ageless Icon.

Martinique® - An Ageless Icon.

One of the most recognizable patterns in the world, the iconic Martinique® banana leaf pattern has been continuously and meticulously hand-printed in Los Angeles since 1942 by CW Stockwell.

1946 CW Stockwell Advertisement featuring Martinique®, courtesy of Architectural Digest, Vol XI, Issue #3.

 

Upon returning from a vacation in the South Seas, Remy and Lucile Chatain sought to recreate not just the sights they had witnessed in the tropics, but the sense of lushness and exuberance those sights had filled them with, too. 

Together with their friend, the noted illustrator and textile designer Albert Stockdale, they designed a large-scale botanical pattern to recapture and evoke those feelings, and mounted it in their Los Angeles showroom, shown below in 1946. 

CW Stockwell Los Angeles CA Showroom 1946 - Photo by Maynard L Parker Courtesy of the Huntington Library San Marino, CA
Photo by Maynard L. Parker, Courtesy of the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

 

When Don Loper, the well-known apparel and interior designer tasked with the Beverly Hills Hotel’s new interiors, entered their showroom, he knew he’d found the look he wanted — and re-created the Chatains’ mural-style installation he’d seen in the showroom, and expanded it to fit the corridors of the hotel. The result? An ageless icon. 

For over 75 years, CW Stockwell has proudly been the sole producer of the authentic Martinique® banana leaf fabric and wallcovering. 

If it's not called Martinique®? It's not the real thing. Accept no substitutes.