Ashley Le Quere

by Alexis on April 9, 2014

I first spotted the work of Melbourne-based illustrator and surface designer Ashley Le Quere on a wall—several of her patterns have been translated to wallpapers—and wanted to find out more about her. Well, I found plenty more to love in her portfolio. Ashley studied illustration at the University of the West of England and graduated in 2009. While she does work as an illustrator, her real passion is for surface design. Ashley combines traditional media—like watercolor and pen and ink—with digital creations. I especially love the way the scale of her motifs translate. The detail and texture is just as beautiful in smaller scale prints as a floor-to-ceiling application. Many of Ashley’s works are available in her Society6 shop.

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Paper & Clay

by Joanna on April 8, 2014

Paper & Clay is one of those ceramic lines that is all about special details: the quirky loop of a teacup handle, the casual slope of a spout, and the proportional play of layered glazes. These handmade ceramic pieces are “inspired by the flawless and simple design of the Scandinavian region,” but made in a Memphis studio by artist Brit McDaniel. I especially love her pieces that are simpler in color with an almost dipped aesthetic.

{ Images via Paper & Clay }

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Cotton & Flax

by Joanna on April 7, 2014

Meet Cotton & Flax, a modern, yet casual line of textiles and fine art prints by designer and maker Erin Dollar. Each of Erin’s pieces is created as a limited edition in her Los Angeles-based studio. She begins her designs by drawing artwork by hand. Once she’s achieved a pattern she likes, she transfers it onto a silkscreen and prints onto fabrics with water-based inks. Erin then sews the linens into pillows, napkins, and coasters. The result is a line of textiles that feels like a modern-day heirloom.

{ Images via Cotton & Flax }

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If you follow Anthology on Instagram, you may have noticed that earlier this week we spent some time at the new Madeline Weinrib showroom in San Francisco. It was a real treat meeting the designer herself and checking out the gorgeous 4,000-square-foot space.

The showroom is in the Design Center, but is open to the public (i.e., not trade-only) and the plan is to have the entire Madeline Weinrib collection available at the outpost. Which is great news for fans like myself, who used to have such a hard time sourcing her products—I still remember lugging my first MW rug back from New York years ago! (My wallet, on the other hand, may consider this bad news.)

Clients can work with the showroom staff (or their own designer) to develop bespoke pieces. The bins on the right are filled with color samples.

How gorgeous is this wall of Weinrib’s ikats?

And this wall of pillows!

A rack of carpets allows visitors to examine the handwoven designs.

I especially love the postcards that represent the myriad rug patterns and colors.

Perhaps your wardrobe could use a bit of Weinrib in it? You’re in luck: Apparel and accessories are also available.

If you’re in San Francisco, I highly recommend a visit to the Madeline Weinrib showroom. (My photography does not do the place justice.) It’s located at 101 Henry Adams, Suite #101. On the ground floor, near the main entrance to the Design Center, it could not be easier to find.

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Alice Tacheny

by Anh-Minh on April 3, 2014

I’ve been an admirer of Alice Tacheny’s simple and modern furniture for quite some time now. But I only recently discovered that the Bay Area-based designer also makes smaller home accessories. When I came across her Headlands series of concrete and brass vessels (shown above) at Gallery Lulo in Healdsburg, Calif., I couldn’t resist purchasing one for my entry table.

Next up on my Alice Tacheny-designed wish list? A few of her Teddy hooks, which are crafted of maple and leather; I love the combination of a peg hook and a strap. And, of course, a Tasche leather wall pocket. Measuring 9.5-by-2-by-11 inches, it should fit at least a handful of Anthology magazines. (In fact, I think I see one peeking out behind the copy of Apartamento!)

{ Images via Alice Tacheny Design }

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