Browsing articles in "European Textiles"

Jan Kath’s Russian Love –

Mar 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment

russian carpet

Cover magazine (for which I’m a proud contributing writer) has a glorious new issue that’s chock full of the latest and most forward-leaning carpet designs of the season. Among the highlights is Jan Kath’s new collection titled “From Russia With Love”. Dominated by acerbically saturated colors and cloying floral patterns, the line presents a mix of tradition, kitsch and grunge glam, all made in Tibetan wool and silk. Initial encounters with these carpets may produce a strong sense of aversion, followed by curiosity and unexpected appreciation.


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Ferm Living –

Mar 13, 2012 | Leave a Comment

graphic pillow

With a product line populated by owls, elephants and birds – among other creatures – Ferm Living’s emphasis is on fun, especially for children and their design-conscious parents. For adults (and serious children!) they have a great assortment of strong graphic patterns for pillows and bedding. Their wares are best displayed in their print catalog.

Via Notes To A Further Excuse.

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Adam & Viktoria –

Mar 11, 2012 | Leave a Comment

embroidered pillow

Lisa Fontanarosa, who represents Adam & Viktoria along with other exceptional artisans, describes the textile company this way:

Inspired by the secret gardens of children’s fairy tales, the Swedish duo Adam & Viktoria create textiles, decorative cushions, cubes, screens, and tables that dare to be different. Pre-Raphaelite colors: ruby roses, peacock blues, and brilliant jades combined with fruit and floral motifs pleasingly plucked from vintage wallpapers and Oriental rugs, turn them into painterly works that transcend time.


Via C Magazine.

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Zina de Plagny –

Feb 12, 2012 | Leave a Comment

art scarves, designer scarf

The work of textile designer Zina de Plagny (1914-2000) lives on in licensing to the fashion and interior design industry (e.g.  fashion Nina Ricci and Surface View). For tokens of her cheery aesthetic visit the e-boutique of her estate; here you’ll find the scarf pictured above.

Via Design Wonderland.

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Kinnasand –

Feb 2, 2012 | Leave a Comment

laser cut fabric

Kinnasand, a well-established Scandinavian textile company, is doing interesting things with laser cutting and seaming — as shown with their Hikari fabric above. (Go to “textiles”, then “specials” for more examples.) It’s all about structure, draping and concept — enough to inspire passing thoughts of aspirational minimalism.

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Linda Topic –

Jan 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Felt carpets, felt blankets

It only takes a quick read through Linda Topic’s website to know her work is driven by an almost scientific curiosity about the materials she works with. As a result, what might otherwise be presented (merely) as “decoration” takes on the aura of “specimen” instead. Above, one of her felt blankets.

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Saana ja Olli –

Dec 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Finnish textile

Here’s a great textile design company straight from one of my favorite blogs, The Style Files. Saana ja Olli is a Finnish company with a penchant for contemporary twists on traditional patterns and old fashioned looks.


Couleur Nature –

Dec 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment

kantha bedding, indian hand block printing

Couleur Nature designs and produces both “Provencal-inspired” table linens and Indian inspired bedding. (They also sell traditional kanthas handmade in India, as pictured above.)

Via Elle Decor.

An Auction & A Sale –

Nov 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Peter Collingwood weaving, weaver

The Auction: On December 13th Phillips de Pury & Company will be auctioning a large wall-hanging (partially pictured above) created by master weaver Peter Collingwood in 1959. The estimated sale price of between $20,000 – $30,000 should be an inspiration to textile collectors everywhere.

The Sale: D. Bryant Archie, a purveyor of woven blankets and pillows, is offering a 30% discount on her entire stock (plus free standard shipping) through Wednesday night, 11/30. (Ending at midnight eastern standard time.)

William Foxton –

Nov 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment

william foxton textile, constance irving textile

According to the V&A website:

The firm of William Foxton Ltd., founded in 1903, produced some of the most innovative artist-designed textiles of the 1920s. It commissioned artists such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Claude Lovat Fraser, F. Gregory Brown and Minnie McLeish.

The fabric above (so fresh!) was designed by Constance Irving in 1926.

Click here for a Minnie McLeish panel now for sale at Vintage Textiles.