It is the Wisteria season. Native to Eastern United States, China, Korea, Europe, and Japan, this magical vine was named after Dr. Caspar Wistar (1761–1818). The world's largest known Wisteria vine is located in Sierra Madre, California, measuring more than 1 acre and planted in 1894, while the world’s most famous one is the 144-year-old Wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, dates back to 1870 (above). With its vines that climb clockwise or counterclockwise round, the magical Wisteria has come to inspire designers since the late 19th century, and particularly during the Art Nouveau years. Here are some of my favorite examples. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s love for the Wisteria resulted with his famed table lamp which features a shade growing from wisteria bronze base, and some of his best windows that feature the view seen from his summer house in Long Island. The Wisteria Room, created by French Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer in the early 20th century for a French engineer, a connoisseur of art nouveau is a part of the collection of the Met and has been on permanent view for the past couple of years.
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