Textiles

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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Ace&Jig Bazaar Home Collection

by Anh-Minh on January 12, 2015

ace&jigLately, whenever I go on a trip, among my must-pack items is a pair of Ace&Jig pants that are made of a super-soft patterned fabric that’s both dressy and comfortable. (Bonus: They have an elastic waistband, so they’re perfect when I’m going out to a big dinner.) If I could wear those pants every day, believe me, I would. So I was happy to learn that the brand’s founders, Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, have launched a home collection called Bazaar. Now I can truly surround myself with their wonderful textiles!

As they do with their clothing line, they work directly with weavers to craft custom yarn-dyed fabrics, all of which share a motif: the stripe. Bazaar includes pillows, bedrolls, quilts, and flags. I’ve definitely got my eye on a quilt right now, especially as the weather has gotten colder.

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ace&jig_1And if you’d like to take a peek at how the Ace&Jig textiles are made, Of A Kind has a feature about the process.

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{ Product images via Ace&Jig. Process images via Of A Kind. }

 

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Sackcloth & Ashes

by Joanna on January 6, 2015

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January is sort of an odd time when it comes to home decor. In my mind, it’s really the snuggliest month, especially after the hullabaloo of the holidays. Personally, I use it as a time to reassess my home with a focus on my bedding. After all, it’s chilly outside and the perfect time to layer on the blankets.

A recent discovery of mine is Sackcloth & Ashes, a company that sells high-quality blankets. They donate a fleece blanket to a homeless shelter whenever you purchase one. The blankets are offered in three different fabrications: alpaca, plush fleece, and Southwestern-inspired stripes. The entire concept was inspired by founder Bob Dalton’s mother, who found herself homeless after moving across the country to start over. It seems especially fitting then to feature Sackcloth & Ashes now, as we kick off a new year and look forward to fresh starts.

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{ Images via Sackcloth & Ashes }

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