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WARP & WEFT | ALEXANDRA KOHL

February 22, 2019

It was a few years ago at Field & Supply that we first came across the work of New York-based Fiber Artist Alexandra Kohl. Kohl, an avid equestrian, combines the beauty of cotton with horsehair via a delicate dance of warp and weft. The result – hand-woven textiles which not only unite the natural qualities of plant and animal, but also emanate an intricacy that discreetly draws the viewer in for closer admiration. For anyone unfamiliar with the age-old craft of hand-weaving, it is a process equally laborious and tranquil; each individual yarn manipulated by the weaver in a deliberate act as intricate as those of an experienced surgeon. Kohl’s masterful hand and eye for color marry flawlessly to preserve the longstanding tradition of hand-weaving.

In her most recent body of work, a joint venture with furniture designer J.M. Szymanski, bespoke furnishings juxtapose Kohl’s soft substrates against the stature of cast iron. Named an emerging talent by Architectural Digest in 2017, Kohl’s admiration for minimalism and organic architecture lends inspiration and is distinctly embodied in her textiles. What makes Kohl’s work even more desirable? A unique versatility to complement a wide range of aesthetic preferences, modern to traditional.

Images courtesy of Alexandra Kohl.

NEW ORLEANS

June 18, 2017

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It’s no secret, New Orleans has had its share of trials and tribulations. But like any great city grounded by its historical roots, layered with a resounding pride of the locals, it will make a comeback, and some may venture to say, find itself emerging head and shoulders above where it was before. When mentioning a visit to New Orleans, usually three things come up in conversation – the music, the food, and yes, the never-ending party. Hence, we knew we were in for good tunes, even better eats, and the rest is as they say, history.

Itinerary confirmed, we sensed it would be darn near impossible to have a less-than meal in NOLA. And while there’s crawfish and cajun aplenty, we had a mission to find the pulse of newer eateries in The Big Easy. With coastal fare a staple in our daily diet, the Crescent City did not disappoint. We fell head-over-heels for one of the most adorable seafood haunts we’ve ever laid eyes on. (In fact, she was so memorable, we’ve decided to dedicate a separate post to her entirely.) High atop our destination list? Balise, a corner gem in a Creole townhouse on Carondelet. Barely a foot across the threshold, you’ll witness the work of our pals at Stitch Design Co., whose discerning eye for details left no stone unturned in complementing the equally amazing food of James Beard award-winning Chef, Justin Devillier.

In cities like New Orleans, the best found spots are typically discovered off the beaten path. In a concerted effort to avoid the aforementioned fête interminable, we decided to trade the hubbub of Bourbon St. for the quiet charisma of the Garden District. Lead by Katrina of NOLA Architecture Tours, (who just so happens to be a native New Englander), we soaked in side streets chock full of Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian homes, many with humble secret gardens, all oozing with Southern charm. Not to be missed in this beautiful ‘hood? Loomed, a New-Orleans based textile brand that had us filling our carry-on with all the pretty pestamels. Lest you forget, you can also find their wares at Sunday Shop, a short walk away in the Lower Garden District.

All-in-all, our most recent Gilded Getaway had something for everyone – well-crafted cocktails, oysters by the dozen(s), did we mention there was a Marsalis too? Heading to NOLA? Bring your sunnies (or pick some up at local shoppe Krewe), find some shade and settle into your own gentle, slow and easy-going way of life.

 

AROUND THE BLOCK | WALTER G

August 21, 2015

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In case it wasn’t written across the wall, we’re crazy-in-love with textiles here at TGL. From fisherman knits to macrame and handwoven tapestries, we love it all. So anytime there’s an opportunity to roll out the red carpet and feature one of our favorite genres on Around the Pound, we pop out the bubbly + raise our hands to the roof.

Fresh off the heels of NYNow, we’re positively smitten with the soon-to-debut collection from Aussie studio, Walter G. Specializing in hand block-printed textiles from India, the design duo behind the brand works tirelessly to create lived-in, artisanal product that is neither mass-produced, nor trend driven. For those unfamiliar with this earliest form of printed textile design, may we kindly introduce ‘cliff-notes’ for block-printing 101.

The slowest and simplest of all textile printing methods, block-printing is easily identifiable for its desirable irregularities and beautiful blemishes. A design is first drawn on a wooden block, (one block for each unique color in a design), and then carved by hand. Once each block is fully carved, some with additional pieces of brass or copper added for capturing finer patterns and intricate details, the printer is ready to start the printing process. Color is applied to the block and pressed firmly on to the surface of the cloth, striking the block with Popeye strength and a steady hand. Pins in the corner of each block enable the printer to register each new application cleanly, avoiding breaks in the pattern, a Goliath no-no in the world of textile printing. Block after block, the full length of fabric is printed, then dried and washed. Some variations to the process apply, depending on desired effects and design ingenuity. Paired with this pretty visual from Walter G, you get the picture, this is A LOT of work ladies and gents. These fabrics are the fruit of hard labor, loving hands and we’re certain some sweat (preferably not tears), making them some of the most sought-after (and splurge-worthy) textiles in the world of interiors. 

Genevieve and Lauren’s designs are relaxed and playful, skillfully designed to marry well with the process at hand. Fancy a pillow here, or table linens there? Walter G products are available in their online shoppe and like the best companions, travel well to countries near and far. Contemplating applications on a grander scale? Fabric yardage is available through trade partners around the globe, we dare you to #goforthegold, your nooks and crannies every upholstered surface will thank you.

Images courtesy of Walter G.

MOODY BLUES | LIZ ROBB

June 18, 2015

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If ever one could have a love affair with color, indigo would be our soul mate and Liz Robb, matchmaker extraordinaire. Interiors at the Gilded Getaway House have taken a keen liking (okay, more like a blatant schoolgirl crush) to the moody blue hue, and when we stumbled upon the work of this California based fiber artist, we immediately added another line item to our decorating wishlist. To the eye of a textile designer, the technical structure of Liz’s work is beautifully simple + mindfully understated, elevated by her preference for natural fibers, which serve as the perfect canvas to highlight the hand-dyed techniques that envelop many of her pieces.

A visual journey through Liz’s portfolio is easily equated to a leisurely stroll down the proverbial path of textile paradise. From where we stand, the only downfall with so much eye-candy? Selecting a favorite and speed dialing a commission, because surely, every prized piece by Sally England needs a pretty drop-dead gorgeous partner-in-crime. Summerset is, after all, only in her second season, and like any fresh, young starlet en route to making her golden debut, the layers of her wardrobe are just beginning.

Images courtesy of Liz Robb.

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Around the pound, ringing in our nation’s birth month was a happy highlight for 2014. For the past seven years, we’ve fêted our country’s independence from afar, (mind you, by from afar, we mean galavanting on the shores of Como and traversing the hills of Tuscany, so no, we’re not complaining). That said, to bask in the glow of fireworks on our own American soil felt especially sweet, made even more delightful by the fact we did so perched on a rock wall in our newly adopted City-by-the-Sea, in the dear company of family + friends.

Behind the scenes at Summerset, interior progress is in full swing. Thanks to our creative collaboration with Pallie-in-Design CFK Interiors, we’ve got delectable details coming together every way we turn. It seemed only fitting that we dedicate our July Precious Objects series to some of our favorite additions to the gilded getaway house, which is shaping up to be the perfect slice of seaside ingenuity we envisioned. Overdyed indigos, crisp linen whites, reclaimed wood and awning stripes. And because it’s our utmost goal to live life by the golden rule, an abundance of classic style with a ‘pinch of glam’.

Image courtesy of The Glided Lobster.

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