Textiles

African Textiles from Mungo

by Joanna on August 27, 2014

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Meet Mungo, an African textiles house from Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, established in 1998. Textiles such as table linens, throws, and bedding are woven on antique 19th-century Hattersley looms, adding a sense of history to each piece. Mungo also keeps sustainability in mind by sourcing quality natural fibers, avoiding mass production, and employing local artisans to operate their looms. The result are beautifully made textiles that feel like modern heirlooms.

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Swans Island

by Joanna on August 21, 2014

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Good textiles are such a luxury and often well worth a higher price, especially when handmade. It’s such a wonderful feeling to curl up with a favorite throw or blanket—and right now, I’m smitten with Swans Island. These textiles are handwoven in Maine using yarns such as organic merino, silk, alpaca, and domestic Corriedale wool, dyed with all-natural dyes. The result? Throws that are incredibly soft, exquisitely made, and reminiscent of a family heirloom.

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{ Images via Swans Island }

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There really aren’t many things better than great typography, especially when it’s hand-rendered. This could explain why I am so drawn to the type embroidery of Charlotte Smith. Based in Paris, Smith is a graphic designer specializing in type and hand lettering. In her portfolio, some of my favorites are these hand-embroidered sayings. It’s pretty spectacular what she can do with thread, don’t you think?

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Lena Corwin X UO

by Anh-Minh on July 31, 2014

lenacorwin1I’ve been anxiously awaiting the launch of Lena Corwin’s collection with Urban Outfitters, and was excited to see it hit the retailer’s website this week. There are about a dozen pieces in the collaboration with the textile designer, illustrator, and author. (By the way, I love her books, Printing by Hand and Made by Hand.)

One of my favorites in the UO line is the California pillow, shown above in the middle of the bed. (Corwin grew up in San Francisco and recently moved back there from New York.) I’ve also got my eye on the Confetti throw blanket—and I love that it’s reversible! Ditto for the Ladder and Sticks + Sky floor pillows. Decisions, decisions …

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Textiles by Susan Connor

by Joanna on July 29, 2014

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New York-based textile designer Susan Connor has long had a passion for what she calls “authentic luxuries.” The self-taught designer and artist debuted her collection of softly-hued and relaxed textiles in early 2014. The collection is made in limited quantities, which allows Connor to expand her creative repertoire by constantly creating new designs. Inspired by merging decorative arts with a casual simplicity, the pieces have a touch of Bohemia while also feeling modern. Connor uses linen for the pillows and throws, making the pieces durable, yet lightweight and luxurious. Lastly, the motifs that adorn each piece are hand-printed in Brooklyn, lending a natural variation to the artwork.

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