Mosaic House is a New York based tile company specializing in a variety of Moroccan tiles; hand-painted, cement, mosaic, chiseled and wood. As the newest generation in a centuries old family of tile makers, they draw upon the traditional craft expertise of Morocco, while embracing a modern taste for texture and design. If you poke around on the site a bit, you’ll find videos showing how each tile is made, like THIS. Amazing.
Love this sampling of trend-relevant print & pattern for spring/summer 2016 from Patternbank, a global trend forecasting company based in the UK that delivers innovative (and typically spot-on) forecasts as well as a huge selection of licensed pattern designs. These totally inspiring works of art may have their roots in women’s fashion, but many are also generally (or certainly, directionally) applicable in home and giftware categories.
ANEK shop is all about simple pleasures of food, and cooking, and beauty and joy of everyday moments. The lovely assortment of prints are created by Ana Zaja Petrak, a graphic designer and illustrator working and living in Zagreb, Croatia. Each one is an archival fine art giclée reproduction print on beautiful white Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 276 g Paper (genuine artist paper made of 100 % cotton with fine, smooth matt surface), printed with finest archival, fade resistant inks. Prices range from $30 – $85, depending on size. (As always, click to shop!)
Food has always played an important role in my family growing up. I’d say my love for food started with my granny’s delicious recipes. Gastronomy is something that I really love, it excites and inspires me. I tend to make my artworks simple, colorful, accessible and witty, wanting to reflect feeling of good food & living. I’m inspired by everyday moments and small things, simplicity and nature. Passionate people, cookbooks, dance, music, nostalgia, sentimental things…and gorgeous Italian food.
Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood began her career at Anthropologie before launching her own collection of home textiles. Her products begin in her sketchbook, and then are created in small editions using hand-dying, printing and painting techniques. I especially love the unique softness of the one-of-a-kind Shibori pillows, and how lovely they layer with her other pieces. (Prices range from $109 – $225; As always, click to shop!)
Our original collection of home textiles focuses on the artistic process. Drawing, painting, collecting inspiration, making collages, creating swatches, and testing colors: it all begins in the sketchbook. The first samples are made right in the studio. We cut the pillow fronts and backs ourselves as working on this process in the studio allows for more creativity to occur and instant design decisions to be made.
So excited to see the work of a dear friend of mine from college! Last week I ventured in to Julia Moss’s Pop Up Shop in the uptown area of Minneapolis and was instantly transported into a world of irreverent color and playful femininity. Each vintage item (most of which are silver) is hand-selected by Julie and given a new life through a unique colorizing process; making each item a one-of-a-kind treasure of upcycle chic.
Need a piece to call your own? The line has been picked up by amazing retailers like Martin Patrick and the Walker Art Center Gift Shop, or visit the showroom (best to call or check the website for hours.)
Luli (Lordes) Sanchez worked as a designer creating prints for the fashion industry in Manhattan for 18 years, before deciding to I rent a teeny tiny workspace in NYC’s East Village, where she basically painted non-stop and began selling her artwork to designers of both fashion and home furnishing. These days, she divides her time between Brooklyn N.Y. and Merida, Yucatan.
My work is still hand painted, in inks or watercolor. I do not actually paint on fabric, or produce fabric and do not have plans become a brand, (or a lifestyle brand for that matter – I think people are perfectly capable of coming up with their own lifestyles without me butting in) and I practically leave the room if someone says “color separation” or “repeat” or “disc”, and need to write positive affirmations in my journal while eating crunchy snacks for some time afterwards to recover.
My objective with my designing, has been to capture an organic and moody yet optimistic spirit and have designs out in the world that in their own small way may invoke a feeling that underneath it all, it is a benevolent universe.
Maxine Sutton Studio + Shop is a making and retail space on the East Kent Coast, housing the studios and a small shop/showroom on the ground floor. The maker, Maxine Sutton, produces a lovely collection of interior textiles and home wares. Maintaining a commitment to sustainable and ethical materials and production methods wherever possible, the work combines illustrative and abstract prints, hand and machine embroidery, with appliqued and needle punch details.
My work continues to explore the interplay between screen-printed and embroidered textures, colour, mark, drawn and stitched lines. Often playing with imagery and ideas springing from our relationship with familiar domestic objects, everyday pastimes, the meaning of ‘home’ and home-making activities. Abstract and semi-figurative forms combined with pattern and texture present an ambiguous narrative.
Using Irish machine, and hand embroidery I employ a combination of traditional techniques, such as applique, patchwork, needle-punch and screen print. Forms, are hand drawn, paper cut, found or photographic; layered and collaged with abstract and semi figurative appliquéd, needle-punched and printed imagery. Embroidered lines and desnsely embroidered areas create further layers of texture and interest.
Bloomingville is a wholesale company from Denmark with a finely curated collection of lovely housewares, decor and light furnishings they provide to independent retail boutiques (both brick & mortar and on-line). Unfortunately, you can’t buy items directly from them, but you totally can collect inspiration!
Satsuma Press is a one-person letterpress and design studio located in Corvallis, Oregon, that produces exquisitely delicate, yet modern letterpress products. “I fancy good, simple design that is pleasing to the eye and mind; refreshing color and lush paper; plenty of open space and quiet, graceful beauty.” (As always, click to shop!)
Today, I’m celebrating my birthday. Which means I’ve taken the day off (as I have throughout my entire career), to lunch with my most devoted reader (of course, that would be my mom). She’s been asking me what I want for my birthday, and the only thing that comes to mind is one of her delicious home cooked meals. However, we’re going to poke around Anthropologie this afternoon and I get to pick out a treasure! Hmm… what will it be? (See something you love too? As always, click to shop!)
It’s not often a company does something that compels me wholeheartedly to switch to their brand on principle. Always has done just that. This video has been making the rounds on social media, but just on the off chance you haven’t seen it, I had to share.
Urban Organics is a local organic food co-op in Oklahoma that retrieves crops from local farmers and brings them to the city, allowing members to purchase local organically grown food direct from the farm. When it came time to do their branding, they turned to the Dallas-based agency Foundry Collective. The approach is as fresh as their produce; modern and optimistic with enough polish to be credible without seeming disingenuous.