Browsing articles from "July, 2008"

Twill –

Jul 31, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’ve just learned about Sam Kasten and his new fabric line, Twill. Because the collection is full of a lot of muted color, subtle pattern and texture you really have to get up close to the fabrics to appreciate how sophisticated they are. Also worth noting: Kasten and company use traditional weaving techniques, making all products by hand in Massachusetts.

Creations Metaphores –

Jul 25, 2008 | Leave a Comment

A perfect new fabric from Creations Metaphores for the start of a weekend at/near the beach. The far out wave pattern was inspired by 19th century paintings of Katsushika Hokusai. I’m always interested to see the translation / transformation of something old into something new — especially across cultures and centuries.

Pillow Dreams Project –

Jul 19, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Another good find in a popular magazine – this time Domino, August ’08 issue – for fair trade, textile related products. Pillow Dreams Project imports pillow cases and other items from developing countries and donates half their profits to organizations that help children in those countries.

Mansour –

Jul 17, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Last week I was more thoroughly introduced to the carpet company Mansour and their sister company Mansour Modern. They have beautiful antique carpets under Mansour and Mansour Modern has contemporary designs that make use of some really cutting edge materials — they’re using aloe fibers, doing new things with hemp, cotton and linen, animal hides, etc. Visually the carpet above straddles their old and new collections. It’s an antique, listed as an Art Deco design from the France, circa 1930. I guess it’s Art Deco in the sense that France was getting really excited about African (and Native American) aesthetics and incorporating that into Art Deco interiors and facades – ? That aside it could easily be mistaken as a custom design on a contemporary carpet, circa 2008.

Swahili Imports –

Jul 14, 2008 | Leave a Comment

InStyle magazine did a little product write up on these African baskets in their July 2008 issue. Sold through swahili-imports, they’re good looking, functional and fair-trade friendly.

Bell’s Graffiti Sofa –

Jul 11, 2008 | 1 Comment

There’s a sweet article in The New York Time’s 7/10/08 Home & Garden section about the approach Pamela Bell (a founder of the company Kate Spade) is taking in creating a home for herself and her children. The sofa and chair above are offered as evidence (photo by Phil Mansfield for NYT). I like the idea of interactive / communicative upholstery, whatever that might encompass. I’m not sure I could handle the kind of graffiti above on more than a small chair, but it does bring a history-telling dimension to upholstery, something I imagine Bell’s children will appreciate later when they look back on all those scribbles. — And, I like the less wordy, but still loud, painted upholstery shown at left as well!

Les Indiennes –

Jul 9, 2008 | Leave a Comment

A beautiful website full of great textiles made in a sustainable way. (Check out the site’s “flip book” and the bio on company founder Mary Mulcahy for added inspiration.)

Selvedge –

Jul 8, 2008 | 3 Comments

The textile gods and goddesses must be smiling upon me as I’ve just been given a virtual year-long subscription to the oh-so coveted magazine Selvedge — a publication that is luscious in every important respect: content, art design, photography. At $20 an issue I’ve only purchased one, keeping a subscription on my long, textile related wish list. (For my exploratory purposes, I found the ads in the single issue I do own to be as useful for reference and research material as the actual editorial content of the magazine — as everyone listed has a website to check out.) Now that I have virtual access to current as well as select past issues I find myself in seventh heaven, and feel only glee in searching the magazine for leads on all kinds of wondrous designers, companies, etc. Case in point: Anokhi, a company that’s featured in their current issue (#24). The photography accompanying Selvedge’s article far outdoes what’s on the companies own website. Regardless, check out the site for more about this worker-friendly, Jaipur based company.

I think this will be Selvedge week here at Fibercopia (or Selvedge month?) as I’ll be exploring back issues and surely finding more great companies to post about.

Warp & Weft –

Jul 3, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Now that’s a sexy, masculine carpet if ever there was one. It should be in a room with tall bookshelves, high windows dressed in crepe wool drapery, and square leather furniture accessorized with a single mustard yellow pillow. – At least that’s my vision! Designed by Warp & Weft.