interiors

Otis & Otto

by Joanna on August 11, 2014

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Always on the lookout for great online boutiques, I was a bit blown away when I discovered Otis & Otto. The shop itself offers a beautiful selection of goods, from hand-formed ceramics and baby Alpaca wool scarves to natural fiber weavings and hand-stitched rope vessels. The curation of these pieces is really quite lovely and aimed at “supporting artisans who champion intuitive objects that resonate warmth, beauty, and functionality through slow and thoughtful handmade processes.” Whether you’re in search of a gift or something special for yourself, this is a shop you’ll want to bookmark.

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{ Images via Otis & Otto }

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Ceramics by Leah Goren

by Joanna on August 4, 2014

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Best known for her quirky-cool illustrations and surface designs, Leah Goren is also trying her hand at ceramics. The Brooklyn-based artist’s fun patterns feature myriad motifs—I’m partial to the cat-inspired one above—and you can now find them on plates, vases, mugs, and cups. The ceramics are hand-built and therefore one of a kind.

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{ Images via Leah Goren; found on Cool Hunting }

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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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