by Joanna on April 16, 2015


I recently moved into an old loft in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, complete with exposed brick walls. As I decorate the space, I have this stronger and stronger urge to switch things up and move on from the gallery wall. I crave a mix of art, with touches of the old school. These hand-embroidered, felt pieces by Etsy artist Eradura would be absolutely perfect.

The subject matter is inspired by the Southwest and “all wandering and worrying” shopkeeper and maker Erika Duran has done. Most of her designs are made of felted wool with touches of dense hand embroidery. For a sneak peek of items to come, as well as her making process, be sure to follow Eradura on Instagram.

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 { Images via Eradura }



by Joanna on April 7, 2015


Dhurries are truly one of the most durable rugs out there, but I’ve often felt like they veer a bit too traditional for my taste. Then along came the dhurries by Oyyo. The brightly hued, graphically designed rugs are handcrafted in Rajasthan, India, of 100 percent organic cotton. And the vibrant colors are achieved with vegetable dyes derived from local plants.

Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén are the designers behind Stockholm-based Oyyo. They pull inspiration from “exploring the convergence of cultures, design, and fine craftsmanship.” The result? Rugs that are simple yet bold—and are on the wish list for my new loft.

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{ Images via Oyyo }


Confetti Riot

by Joanna on March 16, 2015


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


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 }


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. }