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April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

On this grey spring day we must remember that wet weather is what our flowers need to bloom. Here is an inspiring reminder.

Falling Garden is a beautiful installation by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger where a diverse collection of botanical oddities are suspended within a 17th Century Venetian church. One of the coolest things about this piece is that despite it’s aesthetic appeal and dainty whimsy, these objects are incredibly unexpected and sourced from all over the world. Some examples include: plastic berries from India, waste paper from Venice, thorns from Almeria, nylon blossoms from a dollar store, pigs’ teeth from Indonesia, seaweed from Seoul, pigeons’ bones from San Staë, silk buds from Stockholm, wild bore quills from the zoo and rubber snakes from Cincinnati…! It’s also cool that visitors were invited to view the installation by lying on the floor.

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Ai Weiwei’s beautiful and conceptual work titled “Blossom” consists of intricate white ceramic flowers oozing from dilapidated spaces. It has been installed on Alcatraz and several hospital ward cells and medical offices. His comment on the piece does a better job conveying the meaning behind the work then I ever could so I’ll leave it at that: “The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”

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TeamLab has created a now familiar (thanks to Random International’s Rain Room) interactive installation with over 2300 alive and growing floating flowers. As in the rain room, the work responds to human presence, highlighting the idea that the viewer and the flowers are of the same root.

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Custom Wedding Invitations

Monday, 6 April, 2015

This is a fun project I worked on recently for a client’s wedding invitations in collaboration with Joy Thigpen and Gather & Co.

I painted the giant trees the couple plans to get married under in Napa Valley and the painting was used for the custom stamps and the wax seal.  The couple also got the tree painting, which they see as a representation of their union blown up and framed as a print.  The custom pattern is used inside the envelopes and may be used for some other items at the actual festivities.

I love doing these kinds of custom projects!!

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Matthew Williams

Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

We came across Matthew Williams’ work a little while ago; he’s a photographer based in Brooklyn that has quite an impressive portfolio. His interior shots were what drew us in. Though the spaces he shoots are quite varied architecturally, they’re all very unified through his ability to capture daylight so beautifully. It helps that the spaces are filled with incredible chairs and art and lighting. What a job to get to see inside so many different homes. We’ve selected some favorites below.

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Happy New YEAR! – thanks for everything in 2014!

Tuesday, 30 December, 2014

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2014 was a busy year for us at Eskayel and we thank you for being a part of that growth!

We started off the year with some really nice press and collaborations right off the bat including this video on curbed.com and the Design Sponge office make over in collaboration with Homepolish.

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Then we hopped on a plane to Nicaragua for some tropical inspiration and some yoga with Yoga for Bad People who we collaborated with on their stickers later in the year.

In January we hired a new assistant and set up health insurance and fair wages for all three of us, a goal since reading The Responsible Company by Patagonia founders Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley.   We also joined One Percent for the Planet  pledging a minimum of one percent of our annual gross sales to environmental organizations.   We ended up giving over $10,000 this year to organizations dedicating to saving our planet and its habitats, especially the ocean, which we find particularly inspiring and endangered.   Visit our GIVING page to learn more and to find links to the organizations we support.

Nick and I traveled to Vail to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary.  When we came back we launched the Jangala collection and it was featured on Sight Unseen.  The collection was inspired by trips to Tulum and Belize the prior year.  I get my biggest inspiration when traveling to places where nature is in full force and this year we got to travel a lot.   From the Catskills to Colorado, Nicaragua to Montauk, Panama to California, and Jamaica for Nick, we spent a lot of time in the water and on the mountain.   This is the year we learned to surf!

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Our new home studio was featured on Elle Decor and Lonny which was very exciting for us! We collaborated with G E T S P A C E D out to design a room at the Playland motel and it was featured in the design issue of New York Magazine!   We introduced our Playland capsule of patterns.  Designing the suite at the motel was super fun and a great way to incorporate our love of surfing into the decor.

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We added new products to our ongoing collaboration with ABC Carpet and Home, including new exclusive patterns and fabric by the yard, a headboard and new upholstered benches and ottomans.   Most exciting was the release of our first bedding set!

At ICFF we filled our biggest booth yet to the brim with pattern, like and Eskayel explosion.

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We spent the summer in Montauk working on our new website (and learning to surf, did I mention that?).   We shared it with you all on our Instagram account, along with tons of gorgeous pictures of Eskayel installed, posted by our clients.  Our website features those installation shots here on our new installation page.   Our new site launched in the Fall and we couldn’t have done it without the help of all our summer interns, freelancers and our awesome web designer Peter Belsky!

Our exclusive trade showroom Studio Four also expanded into a much larger gorgeous new space this last fall.

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Our Wedding was featured in Bridal Guide, we expanded our team with two more part time employees, one a trained interior designer, and we buckled down and worked hard on many new projects that we are so excited to share with you in 2015.   There are so many projects we can’t wait to announce and we hope you will be there to share all of it with us!  For the Holiday season we released our new photographic prints , had our furniture in the foyer of the Holiday house and collaborated with Bird on their holiday cards and packaging.

We finished off the year with a Huge surprise and a great honor.  We were selected as an Eileen Fischer Women’s owned business grant recipient  and we were selected as an honoree for In HER Company an TakePart.org initiative celebrating women entrepreneurs.

Here’s to 2015, we hope you have a fantastic NEW YEAR!

 

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Cactus Inspiration

Friday, 19 December, 2014

We’ve come across some cool cactus design lately and wanted to share it. These beautiful plates by Eric Roinestad are so cool. The spikes are actually really sharp and the plate has a really nice weight to it. It would make a perfect holiday gift…

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The images below totally shocked us because they look like super high resolution photographs….but in fact they’re oil painting by artist Lee Kwang-Ho. They’re really large format which make them even more impressive and stunning.

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This spa interior below uses real cactus pads as wall decor. It’s such a beautiful way to bring color into this all white space and of course we always love having a connection to the natural world.

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New Photographic Prints!

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

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Art is in the bag / 1 % for the planet

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

We donated 1% of our October sales to Surfrider! It’s our second time giving to them because we really stand behind what they do in their mission to protect our oceans. Their NYC Chapter is currently working on a campaign to put a 10 cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags. Hearings are underway and the issue is being hotly debated. In light of this campaign and of California’s new statewide ban on plastic bags we decided to look around for interesting plastic bag re-purpose projects, helping to bring awareness to the issue. Artist Vilde J. Rolfsen set out to “make plastic bags look magical” and succeeded –  in our opinion. See her images below to decide for yourself and for more of her beautiful work visit her website and Tumblr.

Worldwide, nearly two million single-use plastic bags are used each minute. Plastic bags have consistently been reported in the top five most common forms of ocean litter. For every square mile of ocean, there are about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it and it can take upwards of 1,000 years to degrade. While these figures are staggering, there seems to be more than a glimmer of hope as the number of single-use plastic bag bans is on an uptick! “

To read Surfrider’s full blog post click here.

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Javier Piñón Exhibition

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

Javier Piñón is an artist – he is also married to Marah Hoffman – he has an exhibition at Pavel Zoubok gallery in NYC right now and I am obsessed with these pictures because I had a dream that I was swimming in the ocean during a mass starfish mating….it was very vivid. javier2sizejavier1sizejavier3size

new summah prints!

Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

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Textile embroidery art from Africa

Monday, 14 July, 2014

We are loving artist Sophie Standing’s colorful textile collages of animals. Standing lives and works in Kenya where she finds inspiration in African wildlife, particularly endangered species like elephants, lions, and rhinoceroses. To create her collages she first “paints or sketches on fabric and then draws from a vast collection of decorative fabrics acquired from her travels around the world to create a dense patchwork of color and texture. The artwork is then finished with dense line work applied with a sewing machine.” So beautiful. Visit Colossal for more on Sophie.

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