Tag Archives: Pied de Poule

Pied-de-poule / Houndstooth

Pied-de-poule (chicken’s foot) or houndstooth in English is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colours are used.

source: Wikipedia

I know, I know, I am hopelessly late as this trend has been going on since forever, but I still love this graphic pattern in the home.







Pied-de-poule; literally chicken’s foot. A dessin, mostly in black and white, woven into what looks like footprints of a chicken. As unclassy as it sounds, it has always been favoured by many Parisian fashion houses. Dior, for instance, uses the dessin for their Miss Dior fragrance.

Designers duo Mat&Jewski have incorporated the classic dessin in the lamp shade of their wonderful ‘Fleurs’ lamp. The base of the lamp is an elegant platinum style metal, and the shade is cotton adorned with beaded roses.

'Fleurs' by Mat

Miss Dior fragrance by Dior

More and more furniture-, fabric- and fashion-designers are (re)discovering this wonderful and remarkable pattern. I’ll keep you posted if I find more.

Porcelain with an Escher-twist

What is it with the French and their flair for porcelain?


Check out these wonderful square plates from French designer brand Pied de Poule. The plates are decorated with graphic designs reminiscent of the late M.C. Escher‘s work. The pattern gradually shifts from nondescript shapes to tiny goldfish and swallows. They are part of a homeware collection called l’échappée belle consisting of pottery, plates, stationary and linen.