Martinique, the Banana Leaf wallpaper first popularised at the Greenbriar and Beverley Hills Hotels in the US in the 1950's has had a bit of a resurgence of late. I have to say, that I do love it quite a bit. Any design classic will always get me. I particularly love it when used to pack a punch, such as in a small powder room.




But then, I started to notice it in other places. It had jumped off the walls, and was now having a bit of a fashion moment. First, I saw some Pyjamas in a shop in Melbourne. Fun! I have run out of walls in my house for wallpaper, so Pj's would be a good alternative.

via Masini & Chern

And then I saw the Charlotte Olympia perspex clutch with the Martinique inner pouch, which I loved, especially with the little jewelled spider on top



The matching wedge shoes were a little high for me though.

Then there was the Dolce & Gabanna collection which used it on dresses, on bags, shoes, scarfs and pretty much anything else. 




Accessorised with a healthy dose of blinged out bug brooches. 




And now, when I go on Pinterest, my feed is full of other Banana Leaf things. You can have a Banana leaf themed party with backdrops


Paper Plates


 and of course the cake to match.


You can tell what time your guests will arrive by checking your Banana Leaf clock


And after a long, exhausting day partying on, you can collapse into your Banana Leaf bedding.



So it's starting to make me think that perhaps Banana Leaf is the new Chevron.....


Coming soon to a Target near you (if it hasn't already made it).

37 comments:

  1. I looooooove it but agree. It's gone too far. But I do think unlike chevron that was used to death (throw stones at me, I had a chevron desk pad in 2010) I think banana will return to its classic status after the dust settles. I hope I don't come to hate it like I hate chevron. I am doing centerpieces for a friend's baby shower and the theme is mustaches. I am trying to work around that for the centerpieces.

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    1. I love it too, and agree it will likely return to classic status at some point in the future, after all the mugs etc have gone to landfill!
      I am so intrigued by a moustache theme for a baby shower?! I'm hoping they're having a boy? Good luck and please blog this conundrum!

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    2. Oh, and my daughter still has chevron lampshades which I bought for her in 2010- a period I now think of as peak chevron.

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    3. Haha it might not be work I'm terribly proud of! I don't really care for cutesy stuff like that. Plus there are a few people planning it and it would be unwise for me to cause a stir on the grounds of my creative vision. So you'll just have to imagine the glory of little mustaches on things.

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  2. It really is everywhere, ugh. I've always liked it in a powder room but of course these things are always taken too far. I wonder if this is the peak? xo

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    1. I think when you get the mugs and wall clocks maybe it's peaked? I think that D&G collection was from last year so hopefully that's a sign! X

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  3. I love it. I love the cake, because commitment to a theme! I think unlike chevron, it's not that easy to make cheap copies so yeah it's everywhere, but most of it still look good in my opinion.

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    1. I actually quite like that cake too Tracy - it's a work of art! But I'll have to disagree with you about the cheap copies... most of the things I pictured are fairly faithful renditions and don't look cheap, except for that hideous wall clock! That definitely is a poor reproduction x

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    2. I think we agree on the same point. I wasn't clear to begin with, my bad. I think banana leaf will continue to look good even with its rise in popularity because the barrier to entry is so prohibitive in terms of the printing process that only serious design-minded manufacturers with actual expertise will consider producing it, unlike chevron which can be watered down. I hope I made sense this time around.

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    1. I think that OTT thing about it is very 50s/60s glam, isn't it! x

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  5. It's a pattern that works so well in bathrooms, I think I will always love it. Now I'm wondering what will be The Next Big Pattern - is it time for a zebra stripe resurgence or has that been and gone again?

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    1. I'm not sure that Zebras will be the next big thing Cybill - they had their moment a few years ago, and I still have my iPhone case to prove it! If I could pick the next big thing I'd definitely not be writing it here though... I'd be busy ordering mugs to be made up in it in China to keep one step ahead of the saturation point game! x

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  6. I love it!

    I think that lemon D and G print is giving it a run for its money though!

    Happy Sunday x

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    1. Oh yes! The lemons are everywhere. I did see a pineapple thing on one of the palm print things I was looking at, and though well that's two trends in one right there xx

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  7. Yes it's everywhere art, walls, clothes and tables. Some good some bad, I do like the wallpaper in sunrooms. Like everything is will have its day in the sun. I am always surprised at the speed a good design is copied and then cheapened.

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    1. I think it's one of the most perfect prints for a sunroom Lillian. You're right about the speed a design is copied and spread around - I count it now at about 3 years before it's gone from niche to Target. x

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  8. Everything gets killed these days - I miss chevron bc it is so graphic and creates movement and yet the connotations now...I love palm leaf but I couldn't have it in my house bc I see it everywhere else. But in itself I do love it. It is fresh and I love the green so I must focus on the item and not the peripheral design noise!

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    1. You're right about everything being killed now. But I always wonder what people who don't get on the 'net much, or read design mags make of it when they're walking around in a chain store thinking "pineapples? Why?" xx

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  9. My local Kmart had a window display with palm print involved. I love the pattern but it's too much for me at home. I do have a potted palm inside, plus a couple of potted giant bird of paradise and a philodendron that is outgrowing the pot! I love plants indoors so I'll get my fix that way. I would still have chevron if it were aged oak parquet flooring but probably not a grey and white throw rug. It's like when Florence Broadhurst patterns were only sold through Signature Prints for years, then one day they were all over Spotlight on cheap bedspreads. 😕

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    1. Oh wow - so it is in Kmart already! I think your palms inside (real ones) sound like a perfect touch of the trend :) I remember the Florence Broadhurst debacle. It was so hard to get the wallpapers for so long, then it was suddenly on handbags and bedlinen, and I did get a bit over it, which is such a shame as the original papers were lovely. x

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  10. Yup, gone too far now. Adore the wallpaper, of course, but it appears from your post that it has now become a "trend" (zebra rugs anyone?) which kills it for me.

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    1. I have such an aversion to trends CD, and it does make me sad that this is one of them. I guess any attractive print with a bit of design cred gets that treatment these days. x

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  11. On a one-off level I rather like the big banana leaf. However, it's a hard pattern to pull off in a suburban interior. Suspect a lot of people will be quickly ditching their banana leaves now the pattern's so over-exposed and has reached the paper plate level.
    When we lived in Colombo I chose a smaller and less intense palm tree pattern for window curtains and for the French doors leading out to a covered patio and into our tropical garden. It worked perfectly in that environment - a little more subtle, but cooling and refreshing. Walls were white, furniture dark wood. Lots of big old brass pots and large indoor plants with big leaves. I feel nostalgic for it sometimes as it was like an oasis of calm, coolness and freshness in a hot, sticky, crowded and noisy city.
    Think the chevron's life was longer than this will be. It was less OTT for a start. Of course I generally like OTT things! Best wishes, Pammie

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    1. That house sounds lovely P - white and dark wood in the tropics is just a perfect combination, and bringing in the palms inside would have looked stunning. The chevron did become ubiquitous and omnipresent in a way, and I don't know that the banana leaf will have quite the same reach, the chevron had a lot more mass appeal in a way, so I suspect this will go the way of the zebras fairly quickly. xx

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  12. Funny story. I bought an off the shoulder top with sleeves in July last year with a print which I thought was palm fronds but what do I know? The print is on a crisp white fabric. The ignorant like me just buy what we like! Let me tell you that I know now it is banana leaves. It looks fantastic with black or white. When I first wore it last year, my gorgeous totally stylish sister who gets photographed for style pages ( so not me) said to me: "oh my goodness, you've got the D & G top. ". I said no I don't, bought it from our local shops. " I told my sister it was less than $50 and she gasped as the D & G top was $850.00 We both laughed as she knows there's no way I'd pay that money on a top. She wanted to borrow it for a n event but I went one better and bought her her own for $20.
    Heidi, Thank you for this post. If nothing else, I'm educated about this overexposed trend. Den xx
    Ps. This summer , I'll wear the top in your honour! .

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    1. Pss. I hope that Adelaide's crazy weather hasn't been destructive. From the news feeds, it looks horrible. Xx

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  13. Quick!!! we need to act now! What is next? Let's pre-empt the trend and cash in :) I predict large orange flowers. Teamed with chocolate.

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    1. I wish I could predict the next big thing!! Then I could easily retire off the success of my 3 year trend cycle that I got in at the right time on :)

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  14. Very interesting Heidi - it is getting everywhere, isn't it? I don't think it works for older country homes like mine but I love it for more urban settings or places with a hotter climate than the UK. This summer there was a House of Hackney terrace at Annabel's (not that I went... something about a baby...) - they used loads and loads of palm prints and it looked amazing (and on trend). xxx

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    1. I bet that would look amazing Charlotte - although I don't associate London with banana tropical prints so much as you said :) Now that I've noticed it's a total 'thing' I've seen it all over - in the background of tv shows, in shop windows... and on and on! xx

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  15. The "New Chevron" is like "fun tie". Dead on arrival.

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    1. It is a little bit of a death knell, I have to agree!

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  16. I so adore the pattern. I hope it's not overplayed but it feels as thought it already might be...

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    1. Getting to mass saturation at the moment, although I think the well done versions of will have longevity x

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  17. Sob I mourn the loss of banana leaf too. This is kmarts current nail in the coffin. http://www.kmart.com.au/category/home-&-entertainment/features/indoor-outdoor-style/427503&cm_re=Home+Garden+Page-_-Hero+Banner-_-290616IndoorOutdoor

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    1. There it is! The original wallpaper.... giving a bit more substance to the cheap homewares!! Thanks for the link :)

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