ISSUE 36  |  Industrial Chic

Oilcloth Revisited

April 06, 2007 5:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

<p> My dearly departed mother was an oilcloth fanatic, but in her usual way she sought out the most rarified, high-end French oilclothes in glossy white, palest aqua (what Martha Stewart would call &quot;Acuna&quot;), and a fabulous silver number that covered our kitchen table in the eighties. As always, she was ahead of her time.</p> <p> So when I set out in search of oilcloth to cover our outdoor dining table, I was dismayed by the dismal offerings available locally. Then Janet, my DesignDNA genetic code sharer, forwarded me a link to Lisa Stickley, yet another charming and idiosyncratic London shop (74 Landor Road, SW9 9PH; 0207 737 8067). These heavyweight, handprinted, plasticoated tablecloths are available for 72 pounds; go to <a target=”_blank” href=”;catalogid=c”></a> to order:</p> <p> <img alt=”mgtcpl_bigrose_zoom.jpg” src=”” /> <img alt=”mgtcpl_red_flower_zoom.jpg” src=”” /></p> <p> Cath Kidston, the ever-popular UK purveyor of vintage prints, sells oilcloth by the yard ($34 per); go to <a target=”_blank” href=”;offerid=122963.15231&amp;type=2&amp;subid=0″></a></p> <p> <img alt=”http://bubbles.jpg” src=”” /> <img alt=”http://stripes.jpg” src=”” /> <img alt=”http://flowers.jpg” src=”” /></p> <p> A. H. Mercantile operates a site called offering solid-colored and classic gingham-check tablecloths for $14 or $30 (depending on size; they also sell the fabric by the yard); we love the pale blue and the white oilcloth on offer. Mendels Far Out Fabrics, an SF oilcloth mecca (1556 Haight Street; 415-621-1287), carries these lines as well as my mother&#39;s metallic silver, by the yard (<a target=”_blank” href=””></a>):</p> <p> <img alt=”4398lb_500.jpg” height=”139″ src=”” width=”139″ /></p> <p> <img alt=”4431_500.jpg” height=”154″ src=”” width=”154″ /> <img alt=”4401pk_500.jpg” height=”152″ src=”” width=”152″ /></p> <p> Classic Marimekko oilcloths $48 per yard at <a href=””></a>:</p> <p> <img alt=”kiitosmarimekko_1935_7296601.jpeg” height=”338″ src=”” width=”191″ /> <img alt=”kiitosmarimekko_1935_7246715.jpg” height=”339″ src=”” width=”207″ /></p> <p> <img alt=”kiitosmarimekko_1937_23228814.jpg” height=”685″ src=”” width=”389″ /></p>