Flamestitch Renaissance: A Modern Twist on a Classic Trend

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Flamestitch Renaissance


The intricacy of flamestitch, also known as “bargello” or “Hungarian point,” has mesmerised us for centuries, with widespread acclaim during the Renaissance period, around the 16th century.

Today, this timeless pattern is making a comeback, becoming a beloved trend for 2024 in both interior design and fashion circles.

Its exact origins are somewhat debated, but it is widely believed to have roots in Eastern Europe, particularly in Hungary. The pattern gained popularity in Italy in the 1600s and eventually spread throughout Europe. 

Characterised by its distinctive zigzag or flame-like patterns, flamestitch has the power to create a beautifully vibrant and dynamic visual effect. Historically, this intricate design was commonly used in embroidery for decorative items such as cushions, chair covers, and wall hangings.

Its durability and striking appearance made flamestitch a favourite among nobility and the wealthy, who valued it for both its beauty and functionality.  

 

Standout characteristics

 

Flamestitch patterns are often composed of repeating peaks and valleys, giving the appearance of flames or waves in motion. Typically, a combination of bold and contrasting colours is used to craft the design, which enhances its dynamic and eye-catching quality.

From subtle and monochromatic to vibrant and multicoloured schemes, flamestitch patterns can range in colour. The choice of colours and the way they are blended together can dramatically transform the pattern’s impact, infusing it with vibrancy and versatility that elevates any design.

The enduring appeal of flamestitch lies in its ability to blend traditional craftsmanship with modern design sensibilities, making it a versatile and timeless choice for a variety of decorative purposes.

Pierre Frey flamestitch designs

Flamestitch Renaissance

The intricacy of flamestitch, also known as “bargello” or “Hungarian point,” has mesmerised us for centuries, with widespread acclaim during the Renaissance period, around the 16th century. 

Today, this timeless pattern is making a comeback, becoming a beloved trend for 2024 in both interior design and fashion circles.

Its exact origins are somewhat debated, but it is widely believed to have roots in Eastern Europe, particularly in Hungary. The pattern gained popularity in Italy in the 1600s and eventually spread throughout Europe. 

Characterised by its distinctive zigzag or flame-like patterns, flamestitch has the power to create a beautifully vibrant and dynamic visual effect. Historically, this intricate design was commonly used in embroidery for decorative items such as cushions, chair covers, and wall hangings.

Its durability and striking appearance made flamestitch a favourite among nobility and the wealthy, who valued it for both its beauty and functionality.  

 

Standout characteristics

Flamestitch patterns are often composed of repeating peaks and valleys, giving the appearance of flames or waves in motion. Typically, a combination of bold and contrasting colours is used to craft the design, which enhances its dynamic and eye-catching quality.

From subtle and monochromatic to vibrant and multicoloured schemes, flamestitch patterns can range in colour. The choice of colours and the way they are blended together can dramatically transform the pattern’s impact, infusing it with vibrancy and versatility that elevates any design.

The enduring appeal of flamestitch lies in its ability to blend traditional craftsmanship with modern design sensibilities, making it a versatile and timeless choice for a variety of decorative purposes.

A flaming-hot trend

 

Today, flamestitch continues to captivate, finding new life in modern interiors and fashion. It is used in a variety of applications, from stylish upholstery and bold wallcoverings to fashionable garments and accessories, proving its timeless appeal and versatility.

The use of flamestitch recently showcased at the Wow!house 2024 Summer event presented by Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, described by interior designer, Tim Gosling, as “The Oscars of the design world”.

In one of 19 rooms and outdoor spaces at Wow!house, Studio Vero infused George Spencer’s Backgammon flamestitch into their innovative kitchen design that combined a sophisticated palette of greens and burgundies with warm natural wood tones. Using the striking flamestitch pattern on Rachel Donath ironwork stools intricately combined retro patterns with modern day design. 

Stunning flamestitch feature at Martin Moore Kitchen designed by Studio Vero

George Spencer’s Backgammon flamestitch pattern, used on Rachel Donath’s ironwork stools in Studio Vero’s Martin Moore kitchen.

Stunning flamestitch feature at Martin Moore Kitchen designed by Studio Vero

A flaming-hot trend

 

Today, flamestitch continues to captivate, finding new life in modern interiors and fashion. It is used in a variety of applications, from stylish upholstery and bold wallcoverings to fashionable garments and accessories, proving its timeless appeal and versatility.

The use of flamestitch recently showcased at the Wow!house 2024 Summer event presented by Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, described by interior designer, Tim Gosling, as “The Oscars of the design world”.

In one of 19 rooms and outdoor spaces at Wow!house, Studio Vero infused George Spencer’s Backgammon flamestitch into their innovative kitchen design that combined a sophisticated palette of greens and burgundies with warm natural wood tones. Using the striking flamestitch pattern on Rachel Donath ironwork stools intricately combined retro patterns with modern day design. 

George Spencer’s Backgammon flamestitch pattern, used on Rachel Donath’s ironwork stools in Studio Vero’s Martin Moore kitchen.

In the WowHouse! exhibition, Guy Goodfellow’s Tissus d’Hélène Drawing Room featured the flamestitch pattern in a beautifully imagined space. 

Using Namay Samay’s Lorenzo pattern in sea blue and coral, expertly crafted by Tissus d’Hélène, the flamestitch pattern was showcased on two elegant armchairs. Interior designer Steven Model collaborated with Guy Goodfellow to create a room inspired by a Country House drawing room, but with a playful and fantastical twist. 

The design evokes the comfortable, understated elegance of early summer evenings, inviting you to relax and enjoy a cocktail in a richly layered and detailed space, filled with beautiful fabrics, custom-made pieces, and carefully curated found objects.

Elegant armchair featuring Namay Samay’s Lorenzo fabric in sea blue and coral flamestitch pattern.

Elegant armchair featuring Namay Samay’s Lorenzo fabric in sea blue and coral flamestitch pattern.

Namay Samay’s full collection features an array of vibrant and stunning Flamestitch designs, each perfectly embodying the essence of this classic pattern.

Namay Samay ROUEN (FLAME STITCH) Blue

Namay Samay ROUEN (FLAME STITCH) Flame

Ziggy

The Ziggy design, newly launched here at Anna Hayman Designs, is quickly becoming a staple favourite.

Introduced just this month, its dynamic zigzag pattern perfectly aligns with the current trend towards bold, edgy styles infused with a modern distressed charm.

Available as wallpaper or rolls of plush velvet, Ziggy embodies sophistication, making it the perfect pattern to adorn lampshades, sofas, cushions, and more with its versatile and energetic feel.

Taking a modern twist, the Ziggy design is digitally printed for a more dynamic approach to production. Unlike traditional methods, digital printing enables us to print on demand, reducing waste and environmental impact.

It also offers flexibility to adjust the scale and tonal range to perfectly match your design requirements.

ZIGGY – CUSTOM COLOUR

In a bold variation, we transformed Ziggy into a fiery rendition by customising the flamestitch pattern in vibrant red hues.

This bespoke alteration adds a striking and contemporary touch to our collection.

Contact us to discuss options for customisations. 

Ziggy Red custom flamestitch pattern on cushions

Joplin

A nod to the Art Deco and Seventies aesthetic, our Joplin design is a pattern of depth, warmth, and incorporates the flamestitch rhythm for a nostalgic yet contemporary appeal. With hues of warm orange, soft reds, and peach, Joplin is an immersive print that brings a comforting sense of home.

Flamestitch is truly having a moment in 2024, from high-profile events like WowHouse! to the latest collections at Namay Samay and Anna Hayman Designs. 

Whether you’re drawn to the captivating elegance of the Rouen fabric or the bold, modern twist of our new Ziggy design, these patterns offer a unique blend of history and contemporary flair.

Explore our designs today to layer flamestitch through textural wallpaper and homewares, and transform your space with maximalism charm and modern decadence.