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April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

On this grey spring day we must remember that wet weather is what our flowers need to bloom. Here is an inspiring reminder.

Falling Garden is a beautiful installation by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger where a diverse collection of botanical oddities are suspended within a 17th Century Venetian church. One of the coolest things about this piece is that despite it’s aesthetic appeal and dainty whimsy, these objects are incredibly unexpected and sourced from all over the world. Some examples include: plastic berries from India, waste paper from Venice, thorns from Almeria, nylon blossoms from a dollar store, pigs’ teeth from Indonesia, seaweed from Seoul, pigeons’ bones from San Staë, silk buds from Stockholm, wild bore quills from the zoo and rubber snakes from Cincinnati…! It’s also cool that visitors were invited to view the installation by lying on the floor.

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Ai Weiwei’s beautiful and conceptual work titled “Blossom” consists of intricate white ceramic flowers oozing from dilapidated spaces. It has been installed on Alcatraz and several hospital ward cells and medical offices. His comment on the piece does a better job conveying the meaning behind the work then I ever could so I’ll leave it at that: “The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”

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TeamLab has created a now familiar (thanks to Random International’s Rain Room) interactive installation with over 2300 alive and growing floating flowers. As in the rain room, the work responds to human presence, highlighting the idea that the viewer and the flowers are of the same root.

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Instagram Roundup: Nicaragua

Friday, 10 April, 2015

A selection of photos from our recent trip back to Nicaragua.

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Illustrations by Ketevan Ignatova

Friday, 10 April, 2015

We wanted to share some work by painter and graphic designer Ketevan Ignatova whose work is impressively intricate. We like the maximalist room collages.

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(Ketevan doesn’t have a website but if you’re interested in finding out more we can put you in touch via email)

Instagram Roundup: Sampling

Thursday, 9 April, 2015

Sampling is a really key part of our business as it’s often the starting point for creating new relationships with our customers and it’s always the starting point for new product development. So, included in this instagram roundup is a little ode to samples. We always have tons of samples coming in and out of the studio whether it’s to color match new collections, to compare contract fabric grounds, to see variation across different rug qualities…and on!

Below are images of our some client interior scheming, some samples of our new contract fabric, a few of our rug samples (which Kaya appears to love!) and our brand new grass cloth paper! It’s always fun when designers share their schemes so we get to see how our patterns are conceptualized and incorporated into spaces. Samples can be ordered through our website and if you’re a designer send us your resale certificate and we will in turn send you an intro packet including our trade discount code to receive 20% off all sample / fabric / wallpaper / home goods orders!

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Custom Wedding Invitations

Monday, 6 April, 2015

This is a fun project I worked on recently for a client’s wedding invitations in collaboration with Joy Thigpen and Gather & Co.

I painted the giant trees the couple plans to get married under in Napa Valley and the painting was used for the custom stamps and the wax seal.  The couple also got the tree painting, which they see as a representation of their union blown up and framed as a print.  The custom pattern is used inside the envelopes and may be used for some other items at the actual festivities.

I love doing these kinds of custom projects!!

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NEW Tropic phone cases!

Thursday, 2 April, 2015

New Tropic Collection phone cases are out! We received a few samples to the studio and already have them on our phones…just in time for this warm weather!
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Indoor Greens

Thursday, 26 March, 2015

In the spirit of our latest tropic collection launch, we’ve got greens on our mind. Below are some inspiring interiors that seem to welcome this color very tastefully.

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LA Apartment on Design Milk

Thursday, 19 March, 2015

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)

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Tropical Spaces

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015

We’re feeling very verdant *and lucky* this week as we prepare to launch our new Tropic Collection. Loving these lush plant-filled tropical spaces.

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Matthew Williams

Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

We came across Matthew Williams’ work a little while ago; he’s a photographer based in Brooklyn that has quite an impressive portfolio. His interior shots were what drew us in. Though the spaces he shoots are quite varied architecturally, they’re all very unified through his ability to capture daylight so beautifully. It helps that the spaces are filled with incredible chairs and art and lighting. What a job to get to see inside so many different homes. We’ve selected some favorites below.

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