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Last year we sent an email with all of Eskayel’s 2014 highlights in detail, since 2015 has been even better, we’ve decided to do it again. So much has happened and some major milestones were reached!
Despite our growth Eskayel is still a very personal endeavor for us, and a reflection of our lives and values. This year we would like to share with you a list of things we are grateful for and love which seem to sum it all up nicely.
We hope your year was awesome too and our entire team wishes you the most productive, kind, fun and wonderful 2016!!!
Things we are grateful for and LOVE:
YOU – Our amazing customer base of extremely talented designers and DIY geniuses! And special thanks for all of your amazing installation shots. ( click the photo below to see our page of your gorgeous installs )
OUR TEAM – From our unbelievably amazing and beautiful (inside and out) studio team to all of the people who are part of production teams, we are so fortunate to have the absolute best people ever working with us.
COLLABORATIONS – with some of the coolest and most random companies out there doing their thing and doing it better than everyone else!
PRESS – We are so grateful for each and every piece ever written or published about our work, be it a personal blog or major publication. Without it Eskayel would not be here today!
OUR STOCKISTS AND SHOWROOMS – The coolest little and big boutiques out there curating spaces for their communities to get inspired about good living and beautiful things.
OUR CHARITABLE PARTNERS WORKING TO SAVE THE PLANET – Being able to make a difference is a big part of our brand and we are so grateful to the charities we support for the work they do to help educate and legislate for our planet and oceans.
OUR CREATIVE FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES – keeping us on our toes and super inspired is not easy but you guys do it on a daily basis!! Having the opportunity to have our work featured side by side in epic projects is a true honor.
PANTONE COLORS OF THE YEAR – Serenity and Rose Quarts basically #eskayelcolor in a nutshell. Unbelievably lucky for us!
IKAT – this year we finally brought our dream of making Ikats with our patterns in Sumba, Indonesia a reality!
RUGS – Launching our own in house rug line has been a game changer and the most fun we’ve had yet. We are currently so obsessed with designing rugs that that’s all you will hear about from now on (just kidding) ( not kidding ).
PATTERN – This is our origin, our ethos, our bread and butter and first true love. We hope to keep it fresh, refined and beyond dreamy in the years to come!
THE BEACH – sand, sun, sea, surfing – need I say more?
NATURE AND THE EARTH – for giving and giving no matter how much we take. My biggest inspiration and where I see the colors at the core of the Eskayel aesthetic.
TRAVEL – Getting out there in the world is the best way to gain perspective and appreciation.
YOGA AND MEDITATION – My way to stay connected to the truth and what really matters.
INSTAGRAM – totally addicted. below are our top nine posts of the year. Our Dynasty pattern is still super popular and upholstery projects have garnered a lot of attention this year. I love that my painting desk is number one
This light breezy home featured on Domino is designed by Natalie Myers of Veneer Designs. Our Akimbo 2 – greyscale wallpaper is used in the powder room off the main living area and it looks great paired with the brass details! We like the cool tile fireplace in the living room and the mixture of patterned pillows throughout the home.
Here’s the beach towel I designed for Shutters on the Beach. They will be in all the rooms and at the pool and beach cabanas and best of all they will be for sale and available to pre-order this July 4th through our website and the Shutters shop. Only $69! Check them out in the summer issue of S Style Magazine as seen below.
Today is the first day of Spring and we are celebrating with a tropical feast for your eyes and your space. The new Tropic collection features lush colorways and intricate patterns inspired by broad leaf palms and the wildlife found on the shores of remote islands we visited in Panama and Belize, and the epic coastal cliffs of southern Nicaragua.
In addition to our standard wallpaper and natural fabrics, all of these new patterns are also available printed on GRASSCLOTH!!.
And we are excited to share a sneak peak of our new rugs with you here!
Please visit our updated Environment and Giving pages to learn more about the earth friendly materials our products are made of and the organizations we support who are working to protect our beautiful planet – the source of our inspiration.
This LA apartment was featured again, this time on Design Milk. We like the pretty little dining table vignette. The mint green chairs are a cute touch and provide a nice counterpart to the areca palms wallpaper in the bedroom area and the bold turquoise curtains. (Interior design by BAM Studio)
See our interview in New York Spaces below.
NYS: When did you found your company, Eskayel?
Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel: 2008
NYS: What led you to found Eskayel? What were you doing previous to founding your company?
SC: I was working in fashion doing graphics for clothing but I was also painting and showing my work at exhibitions and benefits for environmental causes. I had made some wallpaper out of my paintings for a few exhibitions, and then decided to make some for my home. After having the wallpaper in my home for about a year, I then decided to start designing my own collection of wallpapers.
NYS: How did creating backdrops for art installations in NYC drive you to want to open your own company?
SC: I always planned to have my own company. I tried to have my own line of t–shirts early on without much success. I heard about the Brooklyn Designs trade show that had a jury for entry, so, I applied. Once I was accepted, I then to set up the company. Things just went on from there.
NYS: Where does the name Eskayel come from?
SC: It’s a made up name meant to sound like a surname. I wanted my company to have a name that can encompass more than just my designs and my name.
NYS: What is your company’s mission? What manner of home décor items do you create?
SC: Our mission is to create energetically positive, eco-friendly textiles—from wallcoverings and fabric to accessories and furnishings. All of these are meant to last and bring value through innovation and beauty into the home and other spaces like hotel rooms and restaurants. We have a strong commitment to the environment and we aim to spread that message through our marketing, product description and manufacturing to effect education and loyalty to this cause.
NYS: As a California native, an artist, a yoga and travel lover, where does most of your inspiration come from?
SC: I get the majority of my inspiration from nature and my travels. The sunset colors and water are a huge influence. I am also influenced by other types of pattern-making like Batik, Ikat, Shibori, etc.
NYS: Where do your patterns derive from? What is your design process?
SC: I usually start by painting from pictures I have taken during traveling. Then, I use other pictures of nature and areas that are less touched by man to derive color schemes. Again, I am also influenced by other types of pattern-making like Batik, Ikat, Shibori etc.
NYS: Many of your designs have an undulating effect. Do oceans and bodies of water heavily influence you?
SC: Yes! I am obsessed with the ocean! Many of my collections come from that and I also paint with water and ink, often getting the paper completely wet before I start. So yes, actual water plays a big roll in the creative process for me.
NYS: What are you favorite travel destinations? How do they influence your designs?
SC: That’s a hard question because I have been fortunate to travel to a lot of places—both near and far, and have fallen in love with each place. I love Indonesia and India where you see so many talented artisans, working with stone, dyes, wood, fabric and anything else you can imagine. When you go to such places, the skills and art produced is almost too much to bare! I also love remote and wild places where animals are abundant and there are not so many people. I love Nicaragua and Iceland for these types of natural experiences.
NYS: How are your designs eco-friendly?
SC: We never use vinyl in our inks or wallcovering substrates—this is a huge problem still in the wallpaper industry. We only use natural linens and organic cottons for our fabric bases and we use recycled materials for our commercial grade fabric and wallpapers. Our inks are also water-based, making them eco-friendly. We produce locally in the North Eastern United states and all of our products are made to order so as to reduce waste in over production. We also give one percent of our total sales to Environmental organizations through our partnership with One Percent for the Planet.
NYS: Where can we buy your products?
SC: You can purchase products online at www.eskayel.com, by visiting our studio showroom in Brooklyn and trade clients can visit Studio Four in New York City. All of our exclusive designs for ABC Carpet & Home are available online at abchome.com and in the stores.
NYS: Who would you most like to see buy one your products?
SC: I don’t have a dream client per se, I just want everyone to buy Eskayel.
NYS: What is one of your favorite designs and why?
SC: Oh wow, quite the question! We just started making our own furniture in collaboration with Dane Co. and created a pattern (called Alabaster) that looks like marble. The stunning tabletops are coated with lacquer to look like slabs of marble and I just love it! The collection is also available in wallpaper and fabric!
NYS: What can we expect from Eskayel in the future?
SC: We have a lot coming up! We are making our own rugs now in a number of different qualities, we’re continuing to produce furniture and we even have an artist line coming out towards the end of the year designed by our three talented employees!
This beautiful San Francisco home, featured last week on Design Milk, belongs to Homepolish designer Benedetta Amadi who is also responsible for the entire re-design. It’s a lovely bright open space with tasteful furniture and a nice mix of textures; it’s clear that Benedetta has an eye for detail – see master bedroom closet millwork and built-in dining table seating. And check out our Dynasty wallpaper in the bathroom – it’s always an honor to see our products used in such cool spaces.
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!