Archive for the ‘inspiration’ Category

A Breezy Beachside Home

Friday, 2 October, 2015

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.

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Tuesday, 22 September, 2015


Made in collaboration with Threads of Life Bali this fabric is a true labor of love in every sense for Eskayel. Our new Ikat fabrics are heirloom-quality textiles are hand crafted from beginning to end using locally harvested natural dyes to an exquisite standard usually seen only in museum quality pieces.

For the first time in history, traditional weavers on the island of Sumba, Indonesia have woven traditional style Ikat cloths using non-traditional motifs. We distilled a selection of our signature patterns down to their fundamental elements so they could be woven into the Warp Ikat cloths know as Hinggi. Hinggi are large hand dyed textiles historically used as the ceremonial clothing of male nobility during grand festivals signifying the status and power of each family. Traditionally, Hinggi feature motifs such as deer, prawn, snakes, fish, a skull tree, or a “mamuli”- which is an ornament used to indicate rank within the community.


Nick and I first discovered indigo Hinggi from Sumba at the Threads of Life Gallery in Ubud during a trip to Bali in 2009, and it has been a dream ever since to work with them to produce Eskayel designs in the traditional woven warp Ikat.  Now six years later, the dream has become reality.

We are proud to introduce this special fabric as it ticks all the boxes of what we hold dear: beauty, sustainability, preservation of culture and artisanal skill, and a way to give back  to a community who’s work has truly inspired us.

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In facilitating this collaboration between Eskayel and the weavers in Sumba, Threads of Life has set up a special cooperative for production bringing an unprecedented opportunity to a weaving community willing to undertake this task, which is not an easy one. The co-operative is dependent on its dye harvest and the amount of indigo available on the Island is directly impacted by the rainy season, which dictates when harvest, dying, and weaving can take place. Without the expertise in quality and production standards and the relationships they have cultivated over the past 20 years this partnership could not have been possible.webFULL_ikat_the_dance_half

Threads of Life is a fair trade organization that works through the promotion of culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. By working directly with over 1,000 women on 11 islands across Indonesia, Threads of Life has initiated the formation of independent weaving cooperatives to preserve the traditional skills of their ancestors, manage their resources sustainably and responsibly, and to express their cultural identity while working to expand their financial security in the modern global economy.

webFULL_indigo_ikat_new_4We also made a limited quantity of products with the fabric including lumbar and floor pillows with fringe, throws, bed sets and a custom ikat display frame. Click here to view the entire collection.






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Thursday, 17 September, 2015

One of our clients recently re-did an airstream interior and used our Bali Stripe – bay fabric and wallpaper! Here are some photos we borrowed from Jill’s instagram page that show bits of the process as well as the final product.


Collection: Staircases

Thursday, 10 September, 2015

Stairs offer an architectural opportunity in a space to be a central design feature, to be a structural division, to be a piece of sculpture. Below is a collection of staircases that we liked for one reason or another.

This one below has been beautifully integrated into the interior. The bottom stair merges into the seating area and the next several stairs double as a storage cabinet with drawers on the risers and cupboards around the back. Clever Japanese interior architecture at its best.


The geometry of this staircase is like a piece of art on the wall, such simple and successful composition.


These narrow little stairs lead up to a suspended bed under a skylight! They also act as wall-space for the office chalkboard – some very unique space-saving at play here.


Light and bright and architectural, the bare-bones of this angular space are intriguing – though I do wish we could see these stairs after the home had been lived in for a while.


This intricate staircase is a piece of sculptural art and a playful ode to scaffolding, a true one of a kind.


Stairways to heaven…the light pouring down from above adds a nice touch of visual interest to the main floors of these dwellings: left / right


The relaxed book storage alongside these stairs helps create a kind of cozy nook where I imagine one would sit on a stair, up against the wall perusing one of those old encyclopedias.


A staircase that acts as a room divider is an interesting idea that has been done many times but the ebonized vertical slats give this one a tasteful and graphic sophistication.


These slim-lined dark stairs protrude so delicately into this living space while drawing the eye up to the orthogonal graphic detail along the edge.


These cement stairs are constructed such that the side view has a beautiful detail of interlocking pieces that fit together like a puzzle.


Apartment in Sao Paulo

Thursday, 20 August, 2015

This Sao Paulo apartment is a fresh reminder about how successful simplicity can be. No frills necessary, just thoughtful design. Architect Alan Chu chose to use ceramic ventilation bricks (cobogó) as building blocks for walls and furniture in this home – the idea came out of budgetary necessity but on top of that it pays homage to modernist Brazilian architecture. It’s always cool to change the context of a widely used building material.

(It almost looks like wallpaper if you squint your eyes!)


Open-air Showers

Thursday, 13 August, 2015

Nothing says summer like having a shower in the open-air. If you haven’t had one yet this season you better get outside and find one before summer’s end!


The Outdoors

Tuesday, 4 August, 2015

Being outside feeds our souls, whether it’s deep in the woods or by the pool in the tropics or even if it’s being on a small patio that’s filled with plants. Here are a few places we wouldn’t mind spending the afternoon.

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Pups + Pillows

Friday, 17 July, 2015

Kaya’s not the only one that loves to cuddle up with Eskayel…!



Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

Marble in its natural habitat is so beautiful, as seen in this Italian Carrara marble quarry. Below is a round up of some marble design that we like.


Bathroom sink by Altamarea Bathroom Boutique, part of the luxurious Must collection.


Book matched marble in an Antwerp bathroom, by architect Dieter Vander Velpen.


These tiles by Lithos Design are a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional marble inlay. Lots of cool patterns in their Opus collection.


A minimal French apartment in Paris with architectural curved marble by Francois Champsaur.


Left – A dining room with gold floor to ceiling storage and dramatic dark marble floors.

Right – Classic Kelly Wearstler interior with patterned marble floors that almost mirror the ceiling pattern.


Marble print surfboards made by Haydenshapes for an installation in the Alexander Wang flagship store in Soho.

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InHale table by Ben Storms. This monumental block of over 200 kg of marble is carried by an inflated metal cushion, in which it snugly sinks into.


Sweet and simple pink marble table by Sean Woolsey.


Kitchen accessory by Studio Lievito. The sphere crushes spices and salt. The cylinder rolls out the dough and beats the meat. The cube scales the skin of the fish. The prism provided with a sharp blade chops vegetables. Pretty cool!



Tuesday, 2 June, 2015

Beautiful glass tables by Nendo


Pink water / Blue water from two inspiring instagram accounts


Silver and cast acrylic tea light holders by Sophia Thomas


Our Cocos – cay pouf


Meike Harde’s wooden aquarelle collection


A stunning shot from Loup Charmant’s instagram page


And some shots from around here…