Archive for the ‘art’ Category
Tuesday, 30 December, 2014
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
Tuesday, 25 November, 2014
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.
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.
Wednesday, 23 July, 2014
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.
Friday, 23 May, 2014
Last night a few of us went to Stained, this years Sewing Seeds fundraiser at the Dumbo Loft. Artist Cara Piazza was responsible for the curation of this sensory experience that allowed visitors to engage with natural dyes through the lens of experimentation, ritual and performance. We got to try a cool coffee scrub on our hands and even the food was cleverly chosen so that the waste products could be used to dye!
We’re feeling totally inspired to do some natural dyeing!
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
For the month of April we gave 1% of our sales to Project AWARE, an organization dedicated to the protection of our oceans and sea life. They work for secure protection for the worldâ€™s most vulnerable shark species and their Dive Against Debris program encourages scuba divers to clean harmful debris from underwater environments.
In celebration of the hard work they do and because of our fondness here at Eskayel for the sea, we are releasing a new series of underwater prints! See the prints here and be sure to check out Project Aware to see all the amazing work they are doing to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet.
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
We are loving these colorful, whimsical photographs from the series Pattern & Porcelain, a collaboration of prop stylist Carla Gonzalez-Hart and photographer Christopher Testani.
Below are a few of the works featuring Eskayel patterns but be sure to check out the complete series here to see the rest of this amazing project.
BELOW // Untitled No. 3
“Boulle” by Bernardaud on “The Gypsy Ocean” by Eskayel. “Sacred Bird & Butterfly” by Mottahedeh on Fabric by Mociun.