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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

India Rose Textiles

I’m always on the look out for beautiful shower curtains since so many of you write in asking me where to find them. Of course, we have the usual suspects like Bed Bath + Beyond, Macy’s, Target, and Anthropologie, but I’m noticing a few smaller companies starting to design beautiful ones which delights me because more options need to exist out there outside of the major retailers.

Usually when I need a new shower curtain, I make it out of fabric or a queen-sized flat sheet (just add gromets) but I’ve also shopped Anthropologie because I think their curtains are so feminine and there’s little at that store that I don’t usually fall for. Today Grace blogged about India Rose Textiles so I clicked over to check them out and discovered some very pretty shower curtains.

I’ve been thinking about small city apartment design a lot lately because our photos came in over the weekend showing our completed apartment in Germany. Yay! It’s so cute. We took on a vacation property last September but it needed a lot of work so that’s been a constant project over the winter but now that it’s finished my husband and I can breathe a big sigh of relief and start working on filling it with everything we need. I’m about to begin a long distance design project, something I’ve not done before, from the kitchen cabinetry and all the appliances to wallpaper and how I’m going to pull it all together using websites in German and the metric system as my guide – well wish me luck! Designing property in another country when I’m not there to manage things in person will be a brand new challenge but I’m up for it!

I’ll soon be looking for a shower curtain, but definitely not in Germany because they’re not that common over there, no one that I know has one, not even my mother-in-law. So I’ll be bringing one with me in my luggage or sewing it myself because I have a feeling that I may not find something long enough since the dimensions are slightly different than standard U.S. I’ll be the weird American girl with a strange curtain in the bath. I can hear my German family/friends now. But I love shower curtains and to me, a bath without one is a bit boring unless it’s one of those spa baths with those amazing spoon tubs. But for a standard bathroom, a pretty curtain is a must!

So if you’re looking for a shower curtain, table linens, bedding, or anything else with an air of faraway places along with intricate details, exceptional quality, and subtle pattern and texture, visit India Rose. Lovely things!

(images from india rose)

Posted in bathroom, kitchen, textiles on March 25, 2008


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