Still key

The ancient Greek key pattern – symbol of eternal life, beloved by tastemakers like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – continues to play a key role (pun intended) in home and fashion design offerings this holiday season.

Versace's Arabesque Ice set of four canapé plates in gold or blue-gray Rosenthal china (Bloomingdale’s, $130) features Versace’s iconic Greco-Roman face surrounded by swirling leaves and a Greek-key border.  

Meanwhile, Jonathan Adler has a black-and-white tote made up of squares of Greek keys that give off a trompe l’oeil effect, and C. Wonder makes the pattern pop with bright colors on monogrammed home goods. Too bad they don't make a set with my "G"...

I myself have always been crazy about the pattern. (I’ve had towels and a doormat that made use of it, so too.) But it wasn’t until it became an element in the design of the cover of my forthcoming novel, “Water Music,” and of my logo and website that I realized how it permeates our culture.

Or perhaps I’m now unconsciously drawn to it?