At The Inside, we are serious design junkies. We want to know everything about everything in design, including the quick history of our signature Banana Palm Print.
As with many things I learned in endless hours researching in the Conde Nast archives, this now iconic print began with legendary American decorator Dorothy Draper, whose influence can be seen today in designers Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler. Draper designed her “Brazilliance” wallpaper for the Arrowhead Springs hotel in San Bernadina California in 1937 and later in Brazil’s Palácio Quitandinha in 1944.
A trend was born. In 1942, Hollywood decorator and necktie designer Don Loper modified the banana leaf theme into his “Martinique” pattern for the Beverly Hills hotel, which made the pattern famous. The wallpaper still graces the hotel’s hallways and coffee shops today – and has become one of the most recognizable patterns in the world.
The leafy trend hit New York in 1985 when the fashion-industry’s favorite restaurant Indochine opened with its pattern on the walls. Dorothy’s version came back again in 2009 when her protégé Carleton Varney redecorated Dorothy's iconic Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.
At The Inside, we distilled this amazing design influence into our own Banana Palm pattern, which we love applying to bed frames, headboards, accent chairs, loveseat settees, pillows and more – so every home can have its piece of palm.