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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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{ Images via Susan Connor }

 

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As noted last week, I’m a big proponent of taking inspiration and design cues from crystals, which is something that Niche Modern has done for their new lighting collection, Crystalline. They’ve introduced four new stylesAxia, Calla, Delinea, and Trove—all featuring bold angles, saturated coloring, and modern sensibilities. Plus, with different options for the light bulb, you can further create your own aesthetic. Each glass pendant is hand-blown in New York. Personally, I love the combination of the edgy Trove pendant with a vintage-inspired tubular Edison bulb, but grouped in a cluster over my (non-existent) dining room table. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

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{ Images from Niche Modern via Design Milk }

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Jay Street Block Print Co.

by Joanna on July 22, 2014

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As a big fan of textiles both personally and professionally, I’m always on the lookout for new twists on my favorites. Upon discovering Jay Street Block Print Co., I realized I had something special on my hands. Designed in New York and made in India, these textiles are all about bringing attention to the traditional arts of handicraft and manufacturing. Most of the motifs are done using hand-carved, hand-placed printing blocks. The pieces that aren’t block printed are made with screens as a way to reduce fabric waste.

Jay Street Block Print Co. also participates in the Craftmark initiative, which “helps denote genuine Indian handicrafts, develop sector-wide minimum standards and norms for labeling a product as a handicrafts product, and increase consumer awareness of distinct handicraft traditions.” This alone proves just how deeply Jay Street has considered their manufacturing process while also creating beautiful textiles.

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{ Images via Jay Street Block Print Co. }

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Maryam Riazi

by Joanna on July 15, 2014

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Ceramist and artist Maryam Riazi is based in Los Angeles, but grew up in the quiet town of Shiraz, where learned about the warm beauty of nature. She carries this understanding of nature into her work and takes inspiration from the mountains as well as the creatures and plants of the earth. As an observer, it is clear to see how nature has inspired her pieces—from the texture of a planter to the hue of her glazes.

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{ Images via Maryam Riazi }

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Netherlands-based designer Marcel OSSendrijver sure knows a thing or two about beautiful simplicity. While he also dabbles in furniture and product design, OSSendrijver—who operates under the studio name M.OSS—specializes in these handmade lamps. With their pastel shades, blonde-hued wood, and white cords, each exudes personality and charisma. There are three different styles available, and it’s hard to pick a favorite!

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{ Images via Marcel OSSendrijver }

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