Emery & Cie –

Jan 9, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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New goodies from the trove of references that is each issue of The World of Interiors; in tonight’s installment: Emery & Cie. While I find their website a bit hard to navigate (there seem to be lots of unseen layers that only multiple / different clicks lead you to — rather maze-like) they have some beautiful product images, not to mention products. In particular their bedding is very enticing. Both Old World and contemporary in feel – and very opulent.

Molas –

Jan 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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The New York Times website has an article in their travel section today about the San Blas Islands in Panama and the accompanying photos show some beautiful examples of the local “mola” textile tradition. Here’s the NYT’s subtitle for the top image, above: “A Kuna Indian woman at work on an intricately patterned mola. Molas, layered lengths of fabric intricately cut and sewn into various colors and designs, serve as blouses for Kuna women and prized souvenirs for tourists.” Below that, I’m including an image of a Mola shirt from the “Art of Being Kuna” exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Girard, Fassett and a Happy New Year –

Jan 3, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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My lag in posts says it all: I fell deep into the holiday well! But now that it’s officially 2008 I’m actually quite anxious to get back to the land of textile inspiration (and out of my sugar-laced stupor). The two fabrics above are so bright and buoyant that finding them for my first post of the year feels quite auspicious. The stripe is by Alexander Girard, a textile designer who worked at Herman Miller during the 1950’s, ’60’s and ’70’s. (See the February 08 issue of Dwell magazine for an article about him and/or visit Maharam to find Girard designs still being produced.) I found the botanical print through one of my random searches — it’s been attributed to Kaffe Fassett (another unfamiliar name). Born in San Francisco, he’s lived in England since the early 1960’s and in 1988 became the first living textile designer to be given a solo show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. (This according to Wikipedia.) The fabric is beautiful — and goes quite well with the Girard.

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