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
Nick and I were just in Shenzhen for the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. When we were asked to be part of the Maker Maker exhibition we didn’t fully realize how awesome this exhibition is. We had so much fun exploring it for ourselves at the opening ceremony. Curated by Aaron Betsky, the Biennale explores the idea of urbanism in one of the world’s largest and newest metropolises – Shenzhen is only 30 years old! Artists and architects from around the world are exhibiting work that reflects their experiences and involvement with new technologies and ideas about radical urbanism and planning theory. The entire exhibition takes place in an old flour factory which has been re-purposed and re-built using this concept of reliving the city which is the theme of the entire exhibition. The Maker Maker pavilion where Eskayel was invited to show work is focused on artists and designers using various modern and ancient technologies for producing items which shape people’s daily lives in urban environments.
Our display consisted of three works which illustrate the various production methods of Eskayel, and the process through which their creation combines a mixture of modern and ancient technologies such as hand painting, weaving, dying, and digital printing. Using these methods and recycled materials connects us and our clients with modern industry in New York as well as cottage industry and ancient arts in places like Sumba and India.
Below on the right is our grasscloth wallcovering. It starts with hand painting then is digitized and digitally printed on hand woven grasscloth, an ancient tradition in China.
Made in collaboration with Threads of Life Gallery Bali, our heirloom-quality ikat textiles (below left) are hand crafted from beginning to end using natural dyes to an exquisite standard usually seen only in museum quality pieces. Our recycled sari silk rugs (below right) are hand knotted in India with 100% recycled fibers. The recycled saris gathered for the rugs are often vibrant and when redyed some yarns remain so — thus bright moments of color are intrinsic to sari silk rugs and part of what makes them so unique and special.
The view across the bay from the Biennale – the dust, pollution and fog made for some crazy lighting…(and some pantone colors of 2016!). Shenzhen it was a real pleasure visiting. So interesting and weird and new and enlightening.
One of our favorite clients, interior designer Fawn Galli, pitches Eskayel for almost every project – luckily enough for us! We love how her interiors have an element of surprise and unexpectedness in the way she pairs pieces together. She kindly just sent us these beautiful images of projects where she has specified Eskayel.
Especially love these barrel-backed chairs with the epic royal blue curved velvet sectional.
Though we didn’t make it to London for the design festival, we’ve rounded up some work that we’ve been enjoying from afar.
Mise en Abyme – translated directly as ‘placed into abyss’ – was the collaboration between designers Laetitia de Allegri / Matteo Fogale and Johnson Tiles. It was a beautiful pathway of arches across the bridge over the Medieval and Renaissance galleries at the V&A Museum. The floor tiles as well as the acrylic archways faded into lighter shades across the bridge creating a pretty gradient. “The theme of line drawing perspective grids, which emerged in the Renaissance period and can be seen in the large-scale objects on display below the bridge, influenced the design of the base ceramic tiling of the flooring. Johnson Tiles created these using advanced Artile technology which prints a bespoke colour design onto the tiles – each section has 3% less colour than the one before to create a gradient effect from one end to the other.” – DomusWeb
With the launch of their first-ever book, cult-blog Patternity had quite the presence at the festival. They hosted a Patternity events room with hands-on pattern workshops, morning yoga and meditation and roundtable discussions, as well as a shop. They also collaborated with Paperless Post to create custom party invitations and an interactive installation that showcased new patterns and invited guests to ‘play with pattern’ – physically.
Furniture and objects -
Max Lamb’s cool marmoreal side tables (third image below) were on show at Deocrex. “Marmoreal is an engineered marble devised by Max Lamb in 2014. Suitable for both interior and exterior architectural surfaces, this large aggregate pre-cast marble terrazzo offers an original material language with immense visual value.” The bathroom installation below was on show at Art Basel in Miami and is a great showcase of the diverse possibilities this material offers. So dark and moody.
Fauna is Hallgeir Homstvedt‘s line of stone animal figures inspired by and created from Nordic rocks. The interpretation of the bullfinch bird, red fox, puffin bird and hedgehog have been made into one simplified figurative series and one more abstract series within the shape of a square.
Janie Knitted Textiles showcased these great over-sized ombre pendants made from British merino wool. (Though we can’t fail to mention that these lights bear some resemblance to our NY local Ana Kras’ exceptional bonbon lamps…)
Brushed brass and marble are the materials in Bethan Gray’s classy tables below. There seems to be a bit of a two-tone trend happening where not only are there two tones, but often two separate materials spliced together. The contrast here is between their dainty form and their solid materiality.
Catarina Riccabonna is a textile designer and weaver based in London who launched her first line of lighting in collaboration with Claire Norwood of New Craftsmen. Her beautiful linen textiles are wrapped around a brass frame creating a simple and warm piece of beauty.
Pinch design’s Nim table is “a piece made from Jesmonite, a lightweight water-based resin whose chameleon-like qualities allow it to give the effect of metal, wood, plaster, stone and more. Nim is a limited-edition piece (just 50 will be produced) which is cast in a Gloucester workshop and hand-painted to create an effect that calls to mind a geological core sample.” – The Guardian. It reminds me of a beach stone found post-bonfire.
For some more moody ambiance - Marcin Rusak has developed a technique of preserving dried and fresh flowers in black resin. He has applied this unique surface finish to some statement pieces of furniture such as this beautiful room divider and cast aluminum table. The effect is stunning.
And lastly, Sebastian Isom’s colored glass tables. “The Isom tables play with an intriguing optical illusion. Made from hexagonal tops resting on three squares, their edges form diamond-shaped surfaces that, when viewed from certain angles, form a perfect isometric representation of a cube.” – Neo/Craft. The colors look so good all together, it would be a shame to have to separate them.
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.