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Mael Victory

Tuesday, 17 February, 2015

We met the father of this artist on our trip home from Costa Rica the other night. Mael Victory is only 12 years old and has already painted over 200 canvases. He is an extremely talented artist who has been painting since he was four years old. The painting below is a favorite. Check out this video to see him in action. It’s bizarre to watch such a young little thing be so sure of his every stroke. He exudes a defiant maturity and yet produces work that captures the innocence of a child.

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And a funny coincidence…below is a masthead I designed for The Voice of Nosara (a local newspaper) years ago and I came across it again on Mael’s fathers website…

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The home of Benedetta Amadi

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.

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Ensemble Architecture

Friday, 30 January, 2015

Ensemble Architecture is a New York based interiors and architecture firm. They have a dynamic portfolio of residential projects – and a few cool retail fit-outs. One project in particular – a Williamsburg live-work space – caught our eye. Stand out pieces include the dining light, wicker chair, Paul Frankl living room set and the cool planters. There are also a few surprising Ikea items – the dining table and kitchen cabinets; it’s always great to see affordable design put to good use. The workspace is right off of the kitchen but has a cleverly designed sliding door that offers complete separation when desired.

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In the Press

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

Our Areca Palms – Breeze wallpaper was featured in Rue magazine in an apartment designed by BAM Design Lab. It’s a very bright space with lots of small details worth checking out.

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Architectural Digest published John Legend’s Manhattan apartment this month which features our Ripple rug (on the floor).

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The Robb Report wrote about our Lithos Collection launch in their Home & Style column.

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A few of our pillows from the Poolside collection were featured in Luxe Magazine‘s Winter 2015 issue on their ‘deep freeze’ trend page – fitting for this snow day!

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And lastly, The Nest ‘shopped out’ our bedroom!

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An Ode to Tile

Thursday, 15 January, 2015

Using tile is a good way to bring diversity to a space – with color, pattern or unusual applications. Below are some great uses of tile that we’ve come across, some classic and some more unexpected.

Commune Design has two tile collections that are both amazing. Below is the from the Native collection, which has three other cool patterns too. Highly recommend checking both collections out, especially if you like monochrome pattern.

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These next two tile applications bring a whole new level of appreciation to tiles. The image on the right is from a restaurant in Jalisco, Mexico called Hueso which means bones in Spanish. We’d love this to be the entrance to our home. Images below 1 / 2

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Designer Maud Bury preserved the old cracked tiles in Paris’ Anahi Restaurant below by grouting the cracks with copper leaf. A great way to maintain a piece of history in a space – starting anew is clearly not always the answer.

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Bringing tile into a living room, and more specifically on the fireplace, is a great idea. These tiles have a sort of woven appearance which is a clever way of of softening a hard surface and relating the fireplace to the real textiles in the space.

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Bathrooms are the most obvious choice for tiles but these four rooms below each have something interesting going on. The blue floor tiles in the all white bathroom on the top left are a nod to the blue skies above. This connection to the sky makes the space that much more of an oasis (at least on a sunny day!). People don’t often associate tiles with a minimal aesthetic but the bathroom on the top right is a perfect example of this. An understated palette is made much more exciting with the simple line work of patterned tiles, but it’s all within the realm of minimalism. White subway tiles are a very common choice but in the bottom left bathroom they’ve been creatively placed in perpendicular directions. Lastly, the coral tiles in the bottom right bathroom have been used to create a large scale geometric shape across different planes. A reminder that tiles don’t only offer small repeated motifs. This concept could be taken in a lot of really cool directions.. Images below 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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These next two black and white bathrooms are fairly simple but the patterns are worth sharing.

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This Barcelona apartment has beautiful original floor tile starting in the entry and continuing through the whole of the apartment. I love that it continues to the bedroom where it is made functional with an open tub. The historical detail in this living space has been so well respected.

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Introducing the Lithos Collection – NEW Patterns and Furniture in Collaboration with Dane Co.

Monday, 5 January, 2015

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We’re so excited to finally announce the launch of our latest project, and our first furniture collection made in collaboration with Dane Co.!!

The furniture collection includes an adjustable sling chair, a coffee table and a side table all available in starless-black maple or gilded-white ash.  The chair sling is made with printed organic denim fabric and the frame hardware is blackened steel.  The table tops invoke a marble-like surface with the feeling of stone – achieved through a unique process using veneered print and thick, crystal-like varnish.

Inspired by stone, marble, & crystalline mineral structures, two new wallpaper and fabric patterns in both light and dark color-ways were designed for the collaboration.

All furniture is hand crafted in Brooklyn and made to order, customization available on request.
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SLING CHAIRS
Solid Wood Construction / Organic-Denim Printed Sling / Pegged-lap-joints / Internal Hardware & Hinges
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Alabaster – light and Alabaster – dark wallpaper, fabric and pillows.
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Septaria – light and Septaria – dark wallpaper, fabric and pillows.
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Follow this link to learn more about Andrew – founder and designer at Dane Co.

Happy New YEAR! – thanks for everything in 2014!

Tuesday, 30 December, 2014

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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Install shots

Friday, 19 December, 2014

We love it when our clients send us photos of their spaces and how they’ve used our product, or their design process of picking palettes or how they style their shops with our pillows! We’ve put together a round up of some shots we like.

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Cactus Inspiration

Friday, 19 December, 2014

We’ve come across some cool cactus design lately and wanted to share it. These beautiful plates by Eric Roinestad are so cool. The spikes are actually really sharp and the plate has a really nice weight to it. It would make a perfect holiday gift…

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The images below totally shocked us because they look like super high resolution photographs….but in fact they’re oil painting by artist Lee Kwang-Ho. They’re really large format which make them even more impressive and stunning.

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This spa interior below uses real cactus pads as wall decor. It’s such a beautiful way to bring color into this all white space and of course we always love having a connection to the natural world.

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Wicker

Friday, 5 December, 2014

We’re thinking about wicker chairs around here today. Below is a selection of a few favorites. Wicker can add great texture and pattern to a space and it pairs so well with textiles and opposing materials – such as copper, as seen below. It’s been documented as far back as ancient Egyptian times! So it can also provide an interesting reference to other cultures and indigenous craft. There are so many beautiful wicker ideas out there – we’ll have to dedicate a future post to baskets and lighting and…and…and…!

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