Textiles

Confetti Riot

by Joanna on March 16, 2015

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I have a confession to make: If I could, I’d fill my entire loft with pillows and have one giant pillow party at all times. In my imaginary world, these pillows by Confetti Riot would fit in perfectly. The prints are fantastically quirky, while the colors are just neutral enough to work in a variety of spaces.

Shop owner Kathryn creates the prints herself with hand-carved, hand-printed artwork on a cotton/linen blend fabric. Thanks to this process, each pillow is unique. She also offers hand-woven mug rugs—you know, to keep my coffee table safe from spills during my giant pillow party.

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{ Images via Confetti Riot }

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Jacqueline Surdell

by Joanna on March 3, 2015

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Weavings are definitely having an “in” moment right now and I can’t lie: I love it. The idea of covering a wall with something 3-dimensional appeals to my industrial-designer-in-a-past-life side in a big way. So you can see why the work of fiber artist and painter Jacqueline Surdell caught my attention.

Los Angeles-based Surdell’s pieces are gorgeously oversized and incredibly textural. She employs macramé knotting techniques and uses thick rope to achieve the creations shown here. With her work, she seeks to explore “a combination of industrial versus domestic and tradition versus modern.”

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{ Images from Jacqueline Surdell; found via Design Milk }

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Lena Wolff x Erica Tanov Fabric

by Anh-Minh on February 26, 2015

ericatanov_openerIn our 4+ years of producing Anthology, designer Erica Tanov‘s home remains one of my all-time favorites. We featured it waaay back in Issue No. 8, and then posted some outtakes from our shoot. (The image above, taken by Kelly Ishikawa, is from the published story.)

I’ve been familiar with Erica, her work, and her Bay Area shops for years—I remember working on Fourth Street in Berkeley when I was in grad school and popping into the outpost there during my lunch breaks and just marveling at all of the beautiful things she purveyed. Right now, I’m coveting the fabrics in her collaboration with artist Lena Wolff.

My mom taught me how to sew when I was a kid, and it’s one of the crafts that I’d like to take up again. And this line of graphic fabrics just might be what finally motivates me to bust out the (no doubt dusty) sewing machine!

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{ Top image by Kelly Ishikawa for Anthology. Remaining images via Erica Tanov. }

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Ohhio

by Joanna on February 19, 2015

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Holy cow—at least that’s what I said when I first discovered these oversized knit blankets by Ohhio on Etsy. Handmade by Anna Mo in Ukraine, these massive blankets are beyond perfect for my new loft apartment.* Each one is super soft and made with 100 percent merino wool, thus ensuring a certain lightness and hypoallergenic properties. The yarn itself originates from Australian merino sheep and comes in a rainbow of colors. As for the most dramatic feature of these designs, each stitch measures a whopping 3 inches, making these blankets both functional and a work of art.

*For more on my move, and the latest news on my next home, hop over to my personal blog, Jojotastic.

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{ Images via Ohhio }

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Meg Callahan

by Joanna on January 20, 2015

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For as long as I can remember, quilts were my favorite layer to add to my bed. Even as a kid, I would pile on the quilts just for the weight and coziness. And don’t even get me started about how to craft the perfect fort! When I discovered these truly gorgeous quilts by Meg Callahan, I had that sharp-intake-of-breath moment—they are actually pieces of art.

Callahan specializes in patchwork quilting and centers her studio on “creating objects that focus on the beauty of construction.” As I look forward to moving to a new apartment, I can’t help but set my eyes on one of her mad-to-order quilts—the perfectly cozy finishing touch for a new home.

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