Archive for the ‘in the press’ Category
Tuesday, 17 February, 2015
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!
Tuesday, 10 February, 2015
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.
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!
Monday, 1 December, 2014
Check out our Datebook feature in Luxe Magazine where I share some of my favorite local neighborhood spots.
Monday, 1 December, 2014
Thanks to The Nest for including us in this feature on our live / work space! And also for the mention of our Biami rug in the room below.
Thursday, 6 November, 2014
Our friend Meredith de Pietro, who writes for Brooklyn Based, recently went on a hunt for the best iPhone 6 case. She reviewed some of her favorites in this article but in the end she chose our Madagascar Moss case (below) as her top pick!!
We wanted to clarify one thing – Meredith writes,
The case itself doesn’t feel all that sturdy, but the plastic molds to the phone better than others I’ve tried and actually seems to keep the integrity of the sleek iPhone 6 design. As long as it doesn’t slip out of my hands, this remains my favorite.
But see the image below for evidence of extreme sturdiness:
This was the result of both phone and case being run over by a car! Good to know the case will far out last the phone
Shop more of Eskayel’s phone cases on casetify.
Thursday, 25 September, 2014
I am really excited to finally be able to share with you pictures from our wedding in Indonesia last year. Also a big thanks to Bridal Guide for featuring our wedding in this months issue!
You can read the full article HERE!
Not only do Nick and I run Eskayel together we are also married now and we had our dream wedding on the tiny island of Gili Meno off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia. We are so incredibly fortunate and so grateful to the local people of Gili Meno and Lombok for letting us celebrate our union there!
Wednesday, 3 September, 2014
Thank you Lonny mag for featuring our Williamsburg live/work studio on the site today. We are excited to finally be able to share these photos with you all! Thank you to our photographer Tom Rauner for the beautiful work as always. ♥
CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE SLIDESHOW ON LONNY
Wednesday, 13 August, 2014
One of our favorite fashionistas Taylor Tomasi Hill is featured today on Net-A- Porter in an article about her recent career shift from creative director to florist for her new venture TTHblooms. Thanks for the mention of our Dynasty – slate wallpaper which is in Taylor’s living room and often serves as a backdrop for photos of her beautiful mini floral blooms. We wish her the best of luck with the new venture! Follow @tthblooms on instagram for more pics.
Monday, 11 August, 2014
Kate Moodie, founder of the site Mood of Living, is an extremely well known and respected figure in both the fashion industry and the arts. She began her career at Vogue, moved to Paris to work at French ELLE, and has since become an influential voice in fashion holding reign as the Fashion and Style Director at Marie Claire, Self, Women’s Health, Fitness, Mademoiselle, YM, and also, Senior Beauty Editor of Glamour.
Our Gypsy Pesto pouf was just featured on her site among many other beautiful tie-dyed garments and accessories. View this inspiring collection of items here!