Artists entering the design market to collaborate -a growing trend within the interior design world, producing designs that look to the future while simultaneously taking inspiration from the past, has real staying power. Featuring innovative textures and finishes and manufacturing techniques never seen before, resulting in modern one of a kind hand-crafted pieces. To honor the past, there are recreations of intricate patterns and traditional designs found in the natural world, as well as the resurgence of graphics from the archives of celebrated creative talents of the 20th century, such as Fornasetti. The great impresario of Italian design and wit. And with the growing number of environmentally conscious designers, there’s no need to choose between style and responsibility, as many textiles are being made with sustainably sourced and eco-friendly materials, manufactured with conscientious environmental practices in mind -good for your home and the world at large. These are some of my favorite independent designers & companies creating artful bespoke designs.
Ceramica Bardelli Tuli-Tuli, Tuli-Charme & Tuli-Poni Ceramic Tile Collections by Ronald van der Hilst, Three sets of hand painted tiles available in various decorative themes and dimensions to create an inviting fresco garden interior. Ceramica Bardelli founded in 1962, produces and markets high quality Italian ceramics worldwide. Famous designers, both past and present, such as Giò Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Tord Boontje, Ruben Toledo, Nigel Coates and many others sign a one-off home decor collection in the world’s most beautiful homes. For Dutch-born artist and landscape designer Ronald van der Hilst the tulip has become a constant theme in his work for the past 10 years. As a passionate flower lover from early age, he was touched by the marvellous history of the tulip of Antwerp. Van der Hilst has designed tulip settings for the historical garden of the Rubens Museum, Museum Plantin Moretus, Castle Den Brandt and the Kalmthout Arboretum.
Cole & Sons Fornasetti I & II Collection Wallpapers, Two iconic and covetable wallpaper collections delivering a Fornasetti repertoire of 30 magical themes, from the distinguished British house of Cole & Son, purveyors of fine hand painted wallpapers since 1875. Today the company retains it’s original spirit; still designing beautiful and innovative collections inspired by their archive -representing all the styles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Collaborations with contemporary designers combined with the company’s support for hand crafting, ensure Cole & Son continue to produce wallpapers faithful to the brand’s distinguished history. The Fornasetti collection is selected from fine drawings in the archive of Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), that conjure up Piero’s spirit and genius, while the use of wide width friezes, borders, digital panels and double width papers gives this collection diversity in the ways in which they can be used. The Fornasetti name is one of the most recognizable in the decorative arts today. Once celebrated as one of the most original creative talents of the 20th century, the company’s highly whimsical products are no less engaging or visually captivating as they were when first introduced shortly after World War II in Italy. The legacy and artistry of Fornasetti continues and becomes accessible to that many more consumers.
Clé Limestone Collage & Malachite Tile Collections by Deborah Osburn, Clé features two types of tiles: unique tiles created by impassioned artists & artisan studios and classic tiles designed to form heirloom surfaces. This lovely limestone tile collection was designed by Deborah Osburn, Clé Tile Eboutique founder and creative director. The passion for tile making, along with an affection for art, fashion and design inform her collections, that include the use of masterful hand painting, hi-tech lithography, and experimental forms of hand crafting never seen in the production of tiles. Osburn is always in search of artwork that exemplifies the fine craftsmanship of master painters. She has been searching the globe for a range of designs that offer a modern and exotic base of visuals, so that every stroke of the brush brings to life the perfect imperfections of a hand painted tile. Malachite, a surface that is deep, rich and appealing for its shades of green and its swirls of natural formation, has the makings for a beautiful bespoke wall installation juxtapose wood or concrete.
Trove Wallpapers & Printed Wood Veneer, Founded in New York City, Trove is led by Jee Levin and Randall Buck, who are both accomplished artists and the creative force behind the brand’s ingenious concepts; Trove’s designs push the limits of scale and repeats with unique patterns that are 12 feet high and 3 to 6 feet across. All of Trove’s wallcoverings are printed on commercial-grade paper, using high-quality non-toxic wax-based coatings and archival inks, which have a lifespan of 140 years. Trove’s expertly designed products are eco-friendly and recyclable. Levin and Buck’s work is a clever interpretation of the simple, yet fascinating beauty of our natural environment. Trove also recently introduced a line of printed wood veneer wallcoverings, made from renewable materials. They have that warm glow that comes from wood feel, but without the obvious wood-grain effect that you often get with veneer.
Coral & Tusk Textiles, Founded in 2007 by Stephanie Housley together with her husband Chris Lacinak, Coral & Tusk is inspired by a love of animals, travel and adventure. First enchanted by the natural world during childhood trips to the Eastern seaboard, Stephanie’s frequent travels now span the globe. Magical experiences everywhere from Wyoming to Nepal inform the imagery and humor behind Coral & Tusk’s designs. A RISD-trained textile designer, Stephanie first creates her cheeky scenes and irreverent characters as original pencil drawings before she painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software. Finished by hand in Coral and Tusk’s Brooklyn loft, every machine-embroidered pillow, doll, napkin and artwork retains the story-telling spirit and hand-drawn allure of the original illustration. A mix of smart design, magic and mischief is at the heart of every Coral & Tusk embroidery.
Claire Coles Embroidered Wall Panels, Claire designs and produces embroidered wall panels and couture wallpaper murals for interior designers, architects and private clients. All Claire Coles designs are handcrafted in her London studio, working closely with her clients to produce bespoke works that reflect their vision. Leather, silks and vintage papers are collaged and intricately embroidered to create a range of decorative surface patterns inspired by flora and fauna. Combining a range of textures and materials with the use of stitch, Claire has developed an innovative textile process. Her unique and luxurious embroideries transform walls into works of art. Claire also works in collaboration with luxury brands producing custom-made surface patterns. Clients include: Missoni, Anthroplogie, Paul Smith, Liberty of London and Penguin Publishing, and she has recently launched her collaboration with champagne house Perrier-Jouët.
Jeanette Farrier Hand-Stiched Kanthas, Made from layers of discarded sari joined by simple running stitch which, typically produces a wonderful rippled effect, the uses of Kantha range from utilitarian quilts to exquisitely embroidered heirlooms. Travelling in India at the end of the 1990s, costume designer Jeanette Farrier discovered the magical textiles that the women of West Bengal create from recycled cotton saris. Exponents of the traditional art known as ‘Kantha’, these expert seamstresses fold and stitch the soft cloth into an ultra-fine quilted fabric which is warm, durable and, with its myriad patterns and colours, of great beauty. The ethos behind Jeanette’s work is that just as these wonderful textiles are valued and precious, so are the women: they are paid well and are able to work in their own homes. Today there are two villages outside Kolkata whose livelihood has been transformed through sewing Jeanette Farrier’s Kantha cloth.