The quatrefoil motif is one of our favorites. Found often in gothic and heraldic art and architecture, the design is inspired by a four leaf clover and is traditionally regarded as a symbol of good fortune. You might have noticed a tiny quatrefoil in the center of one of the custom embroidery patterns we recently featured. Its simple, graphic and recognizable shape lends itself well to our clean-lined, traditionally inspired aesthetic and we often like to slip it into our designs.
In the Laundry Room of a Mountain Brook, Alabama home, we had quatrefoils cut into the top panels of the upper wall cabinets.
The symbol was already present in some of the exterior detailing of the home and we thought its addition here added to the very English cottage feel of the space. [photo by Colleen Duffley]
In recent years, quatrefoils have been appearing as a popular design element in fashion as well as in architecture and design. Here’s a round up of three products–all available through Tracery–that feature the quatrefoil.
The appropriately named Quatrefoil Table Lamp from Visual Comfort features a metal base with the design prominently displayed in the center. It’s available in the Aged Iron finish and also in a Gilded Iron finish.
We think the Alexandra Side Chair, from Suzanne Kasler’s collection for Hickory Chair, would be great as an accent chair as part of a larger seating group. It’s small scale would also work well around in multiples around a small dining table.
As with most of Hickory Chair’s pieces, the Alexandra Side Chair is available in stained and painted finishes.
We’re not terribly fond of recessed lighting, in fact when possible we like to use surface mounted fixtures instead. Imagine how great the Basil Surface Mounted Light, also from Visual Comfort, would look in a Powder Room or Hallway. With a white glass diffuser on the bottom, the Basil Light is available in the Natural Brass finish pictured, or in Polished Nickel or Gun Metal.