Home Decor Trend: Botanical and Natural History Prints

One of the hottest design trends of 2012 is botanical and natural history prints, which grace everything from sofa fabrics to wallpaper. These colorful prints inspired by plate books documenting species of birds, fishes and insects are everywhere today, from high-end designs on view at international trade shows to Pottery Barn catalogues.

Swann's semiannual sales of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, and Ephemera include wonderful examples of these plate books, and the June 7 sale is rich in this material. There are 18th century works on insects, 19th century histories of fishes and numerous botanical and ornithological plates.

Left: Pottery Barn framed prints; Right: Lot 239 in Swann's June 7 auction

Left: Dwell Studio fabric; Right: Lot 301

Left: Kelly O'Neal's butterfly chair for Design Legacy; Right: Lot 278 

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