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Amy Butler Design *new* Pillows + Cards

Amy Butler Design just launched a collection of pillows and stationery today that I think you’ll really love if you’re an Amy fan, especially if you are someone who loves her fabric but who doesn’t love to sew. Amy did all the work for you!

I especially like how much attention she put into the design of her pillows using fabric from her Nigella collection because the pillow covers are removable (with zipper), and reversible-front to back design gives you two prints in one pillow so you can change up the look with a simple flip. Plus, the pillow forms are made out of sustainable materials (like bamboo) making them eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial.

(images from amy butler design)

Posted in reality tv, textiles on March 31, 2008

Fokus Fabrik {organic textiles}

Fokus Fabrik is Finnish textile design team Tiia Eronen, Eeva Heikkinen, Laura J?rvel?inen, and Hanna Kerman, due to launch their collection of modern fabrics made from organic cotton and hemp at the upcoming Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan and at Hardcore – New Finnish Design in New York where 20 individual design projects and concepts from Finland will present at 413 W 14th Street in NYC from May 16-18th (more information here).

Inspired by both urban landscapes and natural settings, their colorful prints aren’t what you’d expect to see when you think of ‘organic’ proving designers need not compromise style to produce eco-friendly textiles. I like their approach to design found here in their bio, “The designers’ ambition is to push the boundaries of contemporary design and textiles whether the boundaries are aesthetic, ecological, or artistic.”

(images from fokus fabrik)

Posted in textiles on March 31, 2008

Janne Br?then Design

I really like these silk pillows from Norwegian designer Janne Br?then, the patterns are very mod and fun. I think festive is a little more of what interiors need don’t you? Some spice, baby! I like these patterns because they remind me of a dress I’d love to wear… Fashion for the sofa, now how about that?

We should enjoy our homes and actually have a little fun with the whole experience of pulling together a look that best suits our personal style. You can order Janne Br?then pillows on her website and pay via Paypal or you can send her an email (janne AT, I’m sure she will gladly assist you. Janne has a blog (in English) too.

(images from janne br?then Design)

Posted in textiles on March 27, 2008

Irana Douer *new*

I talked about Irana Douer and her illustrations on decor8 before, but I just heard from her and viewed her latest work so it’s time to highlight this artist again. This time, Miss Irana is experimenting with fabric (last time it was ceramic), a pillow design for Australian gallery Third Drawer Down available here. Lovely! Living in Buenos Aires, Irana is a freelance illustrator, an art student, and curator of online magazine Ruby Mag.

I rather like the idea of having such an special pillow to lay my head on for creative dreams at night… About her work, which focuses mainly on women, she says, “I am interested in women, their thoughts and feelings, especially sadness. Broken hearted women who just want to hide from the world that surrounds them. Masks, hair, closed eyes, anything goes. But that are still very strong and move on and never lose hope.” Thanks Irana for sharing this!

She also just released a colorful 8 x 10 giclee print ($40) in a limited run of 100 over at Poketo in case you’re interested. Lovin’ these bright hot hues.

(image from irana douer)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles, walls on March 26, 2008


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