Adrian Elizalde

by Kate on April 14, 2015


In preparation for a future issue that focuses on prints and patterns, I’ve been on the hunt for products and interiors that use pattern in innovative ways. I came across this renovation project by Adrian Elizalde, a young architecture student based in Spain, and was instantly intrigued. Elizalde redesigned this pre-war Barcelona apartment to be simple, open, and spacious, but with a delightful twist: Throughout the home, Elizalde chose to reveal and highlight the building’s original joinery, and he used some of the home’s original floor tiles to create the look of colorful area rugs.

The effect is wonderful: Not only do the tiled “rugs” cleverly break up the open floor plan into discrete sections, they also bring echoes of warmth and tradition to the otherwise clean and modern space. I hope this ingenuity will inspire other designers to consider using tile in unexpected ways. I know I’ll be keeping this concept in mind for any flooring projects that come my way in the future.






{ All images via Adrian Elizalde, found via This Is Paper }



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 }


Monster Skin Rug

by Joanna on April 6, 2015


It takes something extra-special to capture my eye, particularly when it comes to Kickstarter these days. Perhaps that’s why I’m so blown away by the Monster Skin Rug by Joshua Ben Longo.

Longo’s inspiration is simple: He’s obsessed with monsters and has been since he was a boy. Now that he’s a full-fledged designer, he’s able to execute his dream in the way of super cute furry monster-creatures, like this rug. With a background that includes a bachelors degree in industrial design from Pratt, as well as several years of experience designing for the home decor industry, Longo has the talent to back up his love of monsters. All of this adds up to a rather interesting and informed rug design. In this video, he addresses how the rug is made, what the limitations are, and all the help that he needs to make his dream come true. I couldn’t help myself—I backed the monster rug and truly hope it is produced one day!

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{ Images via Joshua Ben Longo }

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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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Kat and Roger Ceramics

by Joanna on March 11, 2015


Talk about ceramics eye candy … Meet Kat and Roger ceramics. The first time I laid eyes on their pieces, I was browsing a San Francisco boutique and was immediately blown away by how California they felt. Everything was what I envision the ’70s in California to be: golden hues reminiscent of sunlight; chunky, bold forms; even the bumpy surface texture reminded me of the sand at the beach. Each piece is made of hand-thrown and then hand-painted stoneware.

Based in the Mount Washington neighborhood of L.A., Kat Hunter and Roger Lee met in grad school while studying painting and ceramics. While their work isn’t strictly inspired by California, it’s clear that they have a dedication to the artists’ life after settling in Los Angeles.

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 { Images via Kat and Roger }

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