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Posts Tagged: Design


24
Oct 11

Sun Printing with Jacquard


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Last Saturday, I attended a workshop at Flax where Annette from Jacquard explained several different textile dying techniques, from indigo to batik.

I made a sun print by brushing wide rows of white, red and black Dye-Na-Flow colors using a foam brush onto dampened cotton cloth, followed by placing a plastic stencil on top. I brushed a little black on top of the stencil for extra definition.

Laying down stencil on painted cloth

Laying down stencil on painted cloth

I then took the fabric outside to bake in the sun before removing the stencil.

Removing the stencil

Removing the stencil

The entire process took about half an hour, a surprisingly quick way to achieve stunning color and patterns.

Finished textile

Finished textile

I’m going to turn this piece of fabric into a book cover! I also tried out the lustrous metallic Lumiere paints with a soy wax resist on cloth. They come in these cute little squeeze bottles:

Jacquard Lumiere Paints

Jacquard Lumiere Paints

 


13
Jul 10

Minä Perhonen


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I can’t help but feel instantly charmed by fabrics from Minä Perhonen, a clothing and textile design house from Japan. If the brand sounds familiar, you may have seen or heard of its collaborative projects with Danish textile and furniture manufacturers Kvadrat and Fritz Hansen.

The folk-inspired designs blend frolicsome graphic patterns with plucky colors and rich textures. Take a peek at the following sampling; don’t these swatches beg to be touched? To see the company’s entire range of textiles, clothing and furniture, visit the Minä Perhonen website.

Bird

Bird

Festival

Festival

Fogland

Fogland

Forest Parade

Forest Parade

Oasis

Oasis

All images © Minä Perhonen, used by permission.


28
Jun 10

Hong Kong Living


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I love the efficiency of this tiny Hong Kong apartment! Architect Gary Chang designed an elaborate system of movable walls with folding furniture, allowing a flexible configuration of twenty-four spaces within a tiny footprint of 300 square feet.

Chang gutted the interior, opening up the entire space for a fresh overhaul. He also warmed up the interior by tinting the windows yellow, instantly banishing grey days from entering the flat. Check out the video to see how he fits two beds into this space, along with a full kitchen, living room, library, video game room, laundry facilities, wet bar, and even a private theater complete with a hammock.


13
Sep 09

Kuboaa Wallpapers


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The new Barton collection from Kuboaa offers fanciful wallpapers that conjure up the glamour of Art Nouveau and Deco. There’s a splash of Miami thrown in for fun, too!

From delicate mint green florals (see Rhododendron, below) to bold, black-and-olive geometric prints such as Hepburn, there is something for everyone in this thoughtfully conceived collection. Here are some of my favorites:

Wistaria - Vin Jaune

Wistaria - Vin Jaune

Fuchsia & Humming Bird - Fuchsia Pink

Fuchsia & Humming Bird - Fuchsia Pink

Ginko - Liquorice

Ginko - Liquorice

Coco - Light Slate

Coco - Light Slate

Rhododendron - Frosted Slate

Rhododendron - Frosted Slate


11
Dec 08

Muuto


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I have fallen in love with Muuto. The Scandinavian design collective drew its name from the Finnish word for “fresh perspective” (muutos), an apt translation for the team’s consciously modish collection. My favorite item is the Four Flower Vase by Matthi Klennel:

Four Flower Vase

The mouth-blown glass vessel strikes a dynamic color and spatial relationship between the clear outer cylinder and an interior globe of colored glass with circular cut-outs. I love how the two layers speak in contrasting and yet reciprocal duos: transparent and colored glass; straight and curved lines; positive and negative space. The vase is thus truly three-dimensional and begs to be admired from multiple angles.

Eva Solo Bird FeederIt comes in five tempting color options: warm green (as pictured above), opal white, smoked brown, clear and grey blue.

The interior sphere also reminded me of the Eva Solo bird feeder (see image, left). Surprise! The bird feeder is Scandinavian, too — Danish, in fact. Methinks it would make a fine pairing with the Four Flower Vase.

Full details and the entire collection are available at www.muuto.com.

 



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