BOUTIQUE BY THE YARD: FABRIC COMPANIES TO WATCH NOW

by Marisa Marcantonio

Small, independent fabric companies are making a big splash lately. Creating fresh new designs with an artistic, handmade bent, these little companies have a lot to say. Using unique color combinations with a natural, unstylized take on florals and linear patterns, this crop of textile designers create micro trends that are bubbling up causing stylish interior designers to take notice.

SEEMA KRISH:

Boston-based and Bombay-born,  Seema Krish fuses Eastern and Western design in her vibrant embroidered textiles.

Photos courtesy of Seema Krish

Breach Candy

 Altamount Road

Malabar Hill

Mahalaxmi

Worli

ZAK + FOX:

The travels of a boy and his dog. That's what inspired New York-based Zak Profera and his ZAK + FOX collection, which can be found at Studio Four in New York City and Harbinger on the West Coast. As if on a modern day Grand Tour, Profera imagined being on a pilgrimage to reveal ancient textile treasures with his fox-like Shibu Inu.

Photos courtesy of Zak and Fox

 Palma

Plus

Matsu

Katagimi

LAURA LINHARDT:

RISD- educated textile designer Laura Linhardt uses a painterly hand creating textiles that look as though they were done with watercolors and sometimes, a dull crayon for a wonderful effect. 

Photos courtesy of Laura Lienhard

Ikat in ocean

Intaglio in blue wash on Belgian linen

Laura Leinhard's Trellis in blue

Forsythia in rust

FERRICK MASON:

Artist Alex Mason and Brian Ferrick fuse the best of both worlds, with Mason's artistic talents and Ferrick's production savvy, they make a perfect design duo with Ferrick Mason. The LA-based friends have struck a fresh design chord with prints that are full of life, interesting colors and unexpected patterns. Seek them out at Studio Four and Thomas Lavin.

Photos courtesy of Ferrick Mason

Lexington

 Galapagos

Ina

Bizzy Bloom

 Calliandra, an industry favorite

Tropicana 

Warfield

CAROLINA IRVING TEXTILES:

After honing her design eye as a long time interiors editor, Carolina Irving knew exactly what she wanted to create with her textile collection. Layering ethnic textiles from far off lands at home, she channeled the way she lived into a cool collection of loose geometrics and subtly colored wash prints. Get transported by her prints at Rosselli in NYC and Peter Dunham's Hollywood at Home in LA

 Photos courtesy of Carolina Irving

Aegean

Amazon 

Patmos

 Pomegranate

Patmos

LISA FINE TEXTILES:

Lisa Fine and Carolina Irving joined forces to create a caftan-centric clothing collection Irving and Fine a few years back and both have a passion for textiles. Fine, based in Paris and New York, loves the thill of the global hunt Her travels to India are the basis for this  fabric line, and the colors and patterns of the country provide an endless stream of creative output. Lisa Fine Textiles can be seen at John Rosselli, Travis and Company in Atlanta and Hollywood at Home in LA.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Fine Textiles

Aswan

 Baroda II

Raumbaugh 

Luxor

LINDSEY ALKER:

Having worked for the likes of Tom Ford and other fashion luminaries as well as Liberty of London, British textile designer Lindsey Alker has earned her stripes over the past 20 years. You can find her fabrics at Harbinger in LA:

Photos courtesy of Lindsey Alker

A stack of her wood block printed textiles that feels like a distant descendant of the Bloomsbury Group.

Bohemia 

Cliff End 

Fairlight 

 Tibbs

Nook Beach

PARLOR TEXTILES:

Angela Clinton creates Parlor Textiles, her eco-conscious fabrics in North Carolina. Harnessing the beauty of nature, her designs are soft and easy.

Pinwheel

Ailey

Calantha Stamp

Dixie

Indian Deco Floral

Medallion

Simple Ikat

DIGS BY KATIE:

Interior designer Katie Leede takes her inspiration from her wanderlust.  Having traveled to far-reaching corners of the globe, she collected antique textiles from the island for a tribal - meets - Japanese flavor for her latest additions to Digs By Katie.

 Photos courtesy of Digs by Katie/Katie Leede

Kimono Positive

Kyoto Key 

Pomegranates and Peonies 

Cloud Scroll Positive

GALBRAITH AND PAUL:

Galbraith and Paul

got their start making hand-printed paper wrapped pendant lighting, and have garnered quite a following for their fabulous hand-blocked prints. Liz Galbraith and Ephraim Paul expanded the pattern assortment with rugs, which are also wonderful. Hand-printed in Philadelphia, their sophisticated color palettes and compelling combinations are ever inventive and always very now. You can locate them at Holland and Sherry and Thomas Lavin in LA.

Photos courtesy of Galbraith and Paul

The blue color story for Pomegranate, Ribbon, Monarch, and Lotus prints

Lotus in all colorways

Pomegranate (a fabric I adore and am coveting for my own home)

Primitive flower in gradient oranges and pinks 

Links 

Birds 

LIVING VINTAGE:

The Living Vintage Collection, created by Alt For Living's Analisse Taft, uses vintage screens from the 1940's-1970's colored for today.  Her signature line is available through her Alt For Living Soho showroom.

Photos courtesy of Alt For Living 

Ava

 Jimmy G.

Kutner

MICHAEL DEVINE:

Design journalist turned textile designer,  Michael Devine has created a fresh line of monochromatic prints that are traditional pretty injected with an airy lightness.  Hand-printed in Brooklyn, his designs also grace trays and accessories. They can be found at Studio Four in New York, Ainsworth- Noah in Atlanta and Kathryn M. Ireland in LA.

Venice in fresh new sorbet colors  

A new leaf print

TANYA VARTAN:

Bringing her painterly sensibility to everything she does, artist Tanya Vartan began her career in fashion. She recently brought back those prints for home, launching with John Rosselli. Her free spirited, whimsical depictions of a field of flowers, birds in flight and even stippled linear dots will bring a smile to your face.

Calligraphy

Dotty Stripe

Japanese Sparrows

Chinese Horses

Kyoto Iris

FINE FABRICS

by Marisa Marcantonio



Lisa Fine divides her time between Paris and New York. I first met her over breakfast, when I went to Paris to cover Les Biennale Fabric Fair for House Beautiful. She began her creative career at Mirabella Magazine by way of Texas, has a great eye for design, and has recently launched Lisa Fine Textiles fabric collection and clothing line. She tirelessly travels back and forth to India, meeting fabulous people and making lifelong friends along the way. Her adopted city of Paris welcomed her with open arms, she often has breakfast at Cafe Voltaire and brings her dog with her. No stranger to living well, her homes decorated with an eclectic global mix have run in Elle Decor and Domino.

Travels and inspiration led her to turn a creative itch into a reality, and she began by launching Irving and Fine with friend and former House and Garden editor Carolina Irving. Their billowy, embroidered Peasant blouses were quickly scooped up and carried at Charlotte Moss's now closed shop and other style emporiums.

She imparts her creative spark in all that she does. I recently caught up with her at a party, and I knew I needed to show her latest designs.

She shared, "I love the colors of India, Persia and Central Asia. Whether tonal or in contrast with an unexpected color, I never tire of the indigos or pinks.

Along with that, the textiles of India and Persia. Animals and flowers inspire, especially those seen on the borders of Persian miniatures. I have found a lot of creative influence in The Calico Museum in Ahmedabad and in the Lanvin bedroom in the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris. The flowers and animals from old 17th and 18th century Indian and Persian textiles work very well with the flowers and animals from the art deco murals by Rateau. My obsession with travel and research along with my love of adventure make the designing of textiles a source of never ending inspiration and fun!!!"

Her fabrics are carried at John Rosselli, Travers and Company and Hollywood at Home. The soft block printed florals, charming sprigs and small repeats are easy to use, since they add a dash of the exotic with subtlety.




Samode in Indigo


Kashgar in Rubia


Maharab in Indigo


Maharab in Berry


Baroda with a bird border at the edge


Rambagh in Guava


Rambagh in Berry


Paradeiza in Sky Blue


Parageiza in Guava


Paradeiza in China Blue


Photos Courtesy of Lisa Fine
Pasha Palm

DESIGN ON A DIME DISPLAYS: SHOW OFF THE GOODS

by Marisa Marcantonio

When it comes to clearing out for charity, the following designers used creative display design to their benefit:


Elizabeth Bauer Design brought her booth to life with a flocked dog wallpaper.




Hable Construction channeled the inner artist with craft goody bags.


Charlotte Moss sold garden goods in her potting shed booth, full of plants and herbs.




The fur coat for sale makes the moment very Edie Beale.


Carolina Irving sold pillows in her sweet fabrics.


Carolina Irving and Lisa Fine together have Irving and Fine, and sold their gorgeous blouses at a steep discount.


Real Simple editors went for saffron yellow and teal.


The space was filled with great lamps in crisp white finishes.


Their polished area was move- in ready.


Country Living had a huge booth, complete with a penny candy table and new branded bedding and tabletop.


The rustic life, captured in framed magazine shots.