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Thursday, 8 October, 2015
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 -
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 26 August, 2015
We’re very excited to have our Astral Night wallpaper featured in Domino this month.
Dwell Studio’s designer Christiane Lemieux has transformed yet another room in Tiffani Thiessen’s home using Eskayel wallpaper. The combination of Lemieux’s choice in color palette and the Ross Bleckner’s indigo study (hung above the crib) has us inspired for fall!
In the past, Thiessen’s daughter received the ultimate “girls pad” featuring our Rococo Amethyst wallpaper (pictured below), but this time it was her newborn son’s turn!
Watch some moments of Christiane and Tiffani styling the photo shoot here.
Monday, 10 August, 2015
It’s time for our annual Summer Sample Sale !!!
From AUGUST 11 – 18 enjoy up to 70% off select items!
This year we have lots of pillows, wallpaper, fabric by the yard, scarves, prints, and a pouf! Shop now because these items will go fast.
Find out more about our recent crate collaboration with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. on our blog.
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.
Wednesday, 29 July, 2015
We’re very excited about our recent collaboration with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Their best-selling handcrafted wooden rear crate is papered with our Poolside – Pool pattern! It’s printed on waterproof material and the crate has been engineered for weather-resistance and durability. We’re so happy to announce that all proceeds from the sale of these limited edition crates will be donated to a local women’s empowerment organization WE Bike NYC, which aims to break down barriers to cycling for women, those who identify as female, and gender-nonconforming individuals.
We were lucky enough to be gifted with one of Brooklyn Bicycle’s Franklin bikes with the crate on the back. It came at the absolute perfect time – one of our employees, Madison (pictured below), had her bike stolen out of her apartment building just a few weeks ago. It was such a bummer and she is so thrilled to now be riding this cruiser around town!
Thanks to Dani Mac for the photos!
Monday, 27 July, 2015
We have been working on new rugs all year as you know if you have been following our Instagram feed or visited us at ICFF and we are pleased to now officially launch our NEW rug collection!
Hand knotted in a variety of materials including silks, wools, nettle, linen, aloe, mohair and recycled sari silk, all of our designs can be made into custom carpets of any size, quality and color.
We have a few rugs in stock and large samples of all the qualities and patterns. We invite you to our studio in Brooklyn and to Studio Four in the city to see them in person!
For more information on eco friendly and LEED certified rug pads we recommend, click here.
We recently updated our “about us“ page on our website, with some new information about our process and images of what inspires us most. Check it out if you have a chance!
Don’t for get to get your Eskayel beach towel before the summer is over!
Made in collaboration with the eponymous Shutters on the beach, Santa Monica.