Posts Tagged ‘textiles’

 

If you’ve been following along, you likely know we’re in the early stages of renovation at Summerset. While not colonial like many homes in Newport, a 1940s-cottage does come with its own set of construction challenges in the age of modern zoning + occupancy approvals. We’re leaving the heavy lifting of marrying floor joists and reinforcing rooflines to our dream team of architects, engineers + contractors so we can focus almost exclusively on the interiors.

As with any design project, options are endless (while for many of us, budgets are not) and the project can feel overwhelmingly daunting. When setting out, there were two things I was determined to write into the next chapter of our coastal home – maintaining its charming character and making it feel unequivocally me (don’t worry, the Captain’s input is usually always incorporated). Since the early years of penning posts here at Around the Pound, I’ve openly shared a love + admiration for textiles. The Part Deux of our double feature this month is dedicated to a new textile studio out of Charleston, whose gorgeous fabrics will undoubtedly be designed into the delectable details I have planned for Summerset.

Palmette, founded by Chris and Elizabeth Boyette, is rooted in the brand’s aesthetic, ‘Classical and timeless with the breezy and relaxed air of the coast‘. Similar in sentiment to our TGL tagline, ‘Classic Style with a Pinch of Glam‘, I had a strong intuition upon their launch that I was going to adore anything (or better yet, everything) the couple created. A small collection of textiles (and just launched pillows!), each available in several colorways, sparks the perfect balance between sophisticated and sweet. Printed on 100% Belgian linen (with options in weight depending on your project and product application), Elizabeth’s eye for color is spot-on – subtle synchrony for the Henrietta Tonal, or a versatile range of colors on ivory for the Sullivan Stripe. Personally, Henrietta for bespoke shades to dress up tiny wall sconces is sitting at the top of my wishlist, with the million dollar dilemma – True Blue, Indigo or Mulberry?

The design duo behind Palmette’s sister studio Good South created their own identity for the brand. A simple type treatment, equally as beautiful as the textiles, sets the stage for the pretty patterns. And because I love paper equally to prints, when a lush letterpress business card arrived tucked in with my memos, I immediately reached out to Elizabeth to share how stunning everything is. Looking for interior inspiration or a slice of Charleston charm? Follow along on their instagram, you’re sure to find yourself scouring antique shoppes for a settee in need of something extra special. I can’t wait to see where Palmette ventures next, while not textiles, I’m secretly hoping wall coverings are in the forecast. A certain cottage is chock full of nooks and crannies that would be drop dead adorable with a pop of Palmette pattern.

Images courtesy of Palmette.

You may have wondered why I so frequently share my admiration for all things textiles at TGL. The short answer – if it’s knitted, printed or woven, it’s the bee’s knees in my book. The long answer (which I’ll tuck away in more detail for a rainy day, or god forbid, another pandemic) – I studied Textile Design at the nation’s oldest textile institution so textiles are always in my peripheral vision. In my Bachelor’s course of study, the trifecta of textile disciplines were covered in depth, and while I elected for a capstone concentration in knit design, printed textiles are personally one of my favorite platforms for celebrating pattern + color.

My recently launched series The Captain’s Catch includes an inspiring interview from Business of Home featuring painter and designer Serena Dugan. Serena, whose given name still resides with the lifestyle brand Serena & Lily she co-founded in 2004, left corporate culture in 2017 in pursuit of a return to her artistic roots. Having contributed creatively to the California based-brand for more than 15 years as CCO, Serena’s passion for painting and fine art tugged at her hartstrings. After what some may call a daring departure from the safety net of direct-to-consumer retail, she completed a painting residency at a chateau in the French countryside, and in early 2020 launched Serena Dugan Studio. Textile Designers are what I like to call the unicorns of the design world, frequently overlooked for more glamorous roles in Fashion Design or Interior Design; a niche group of creatives responsible for the very fabrics showcased in end-form on respective runways and in the beautiful rooms of the aforementioned designers. Combine the talent of a fine artist with the subtle beauty of a textile and it’s a recipe for sheer magic.

Tucked in a cozy 1,000 sq.ft. studio hugging the waters of Sausalito (a tiny hamlet a stone’s throw from San Francisco), Serena and her small team have introduced a collection of screenprinted textiles, wall coverings + for those of you decoratively challenged, pillows guaranteed to make any loveseat or window seat pop with a touch of pattern. Several collections, each uniquely inspired by Dugan’s travels, translate beautifully on a ground of 100% Belgian Linen, the gold standard in home textiles and with a spotlight on screenprinting, which harmoniously blends art + handcraft, we’re yearning for yardage. Whether you have a statement wall or a tucked away sitting room calling for a special touch of tactile interest (cue the grasscloth), these delectable designs are guaranteed to provide a unique look worthy of picture-perfect ‘grams or simple, unadulterated adoration. The toughest challenge you’ll face will be deciding which print, or likely even more difficult, which colorway, to call your own.

Images by Serena Dugan Studio and Laurie Frankel.

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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A textile designer with a life-long penchant for all things paper, there are few materials we love more. Imagine them used in combination and the possibilities soar. Cue Karen Barbé and her paper studies – one part textile structure, one part ingenious work of art.

Barbé, a designer based in Chile, specializing in woven and embroidered textiles, creates a world of pattern and color in her work. To a trained textile eye, these simple paper studies capture the foundation of woven color effect, patterns created by the interlacing of ‘yarns’ in a sequence predetermined by the weaver. To admirers from afar, intricate layers of material transparency. Add a palette cool and crisp as the coastal surf, and each is as graphically different as one beach from the next.

Images courtesy of Karen Barbe.

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