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

THE GIFT GUIDE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Here is something for everyone on your list. Naughty or nice, show some love by giving gifts with some spice:


FOR THE COFFEE DRINKER
Photo Courtesy of Wedgwood USA
Diminutive and chic, Dynasty Espresso cups with a Greek key motif from Wedgwood are the way to go.

FOR THE DESIGN OBSESSED:
Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Textiles
If you follow all things design then you know Alidad, the Persian interior designer doing some of the most gorgeous interiors in London. He has an existing collection with Pierre Frey and now, embroidered pillows with Chelsea Textiles. He was influenced by 16th Century Ottoman designs. A must from Chelsea Textiles.

FOR THE CANDY CRAZY:

Photos Courtesy of Hammonds Candies
Old world Hammonds Candies out of Colorado make the best holiday candy--hands down. Their candy canes and lollipops come in luscious flavors.

FOR THE FORGETFUL:
Photo Courtesy of Michael Devine
Make a list and check it twice. With this sweet notepad and pencil cup, you will want to become a note taker. Michael Devine made accessories covered in his signature fabrics. Bagatelle in Chocolate is shown here.

FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SHOPPER:
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A Leather European Shopping Guide from Graphic Image is fun even for the armchair traveler.

FOR THE WORKER BEE ON THE GO:
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Wheel through check in with style with a Large Editor Suitcase from Steamline Luggage through Vivre.


FOR THE GAME PLAYER:
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Backgammon anyone? Sit by the fire and watch the snow fall outside. This is a classic every home should have, from Williams Sonoma Home.

FOR THE PERSON WHO LOVES TO PUT EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE:
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Distant Origins has these stunning Murano glass boxes with a metal framework. I have coveted this for years. It is a beautiful gift for someone who has everything. From Vivre.

FOR THE RUSTIC COUNTRY LOOK:
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Beautiful handwoven napkins from Plait are made in the US of 100% cotton. Plait is a chic little company started by a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate out of Madison, Wisconsin. Order a set through Etsy.

FOR THE NEW BABY:
Photo Courtesy of Jack and Lulu
How about something permanent to decorate the nursery? Blue Tulips Wall Art is matted and framed behind acrylic in a soft white wooden frame. Frame measures 18 x 14 inches with 8 x 10 inch opening. Personalize it with initials.
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What about a Tugboat print for the little gent? The graphics are adorable and can go trad or mod. Order yours at Jack and Lulu.

FOR THE WEE ONE:
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To give a toddler their first car, what a thrill! These retro wheels are sure to please from Design Within Reach.

FOR GRANDPARENTS:

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A cute picture of the grandchildren will make the elders happy. Bone frames are available from a retailer listed on Two's Company.

FOR THE NAPPER:
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The Celine throw is pure heaven. Made of 100% brushed cotton it is the softest thing going and a great price. The subtle herringbone pattern comes in luscious colors, by Sferra.

FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS JUST MOVED:

Photo courtesy of Vellum
Bamboo bath accessories from Vellum are great for a new homeowner or to make a bathroom sparkle. Love the waste bin beside a desk.


FOR THE TRAVELLER:
Photo Courtesy of Crane
Compact and old fashioned, this leather encased clock brings it back to basics. What more do you need? Carried at Crane.

FOR THE NEWLY INTERESTED IN INTERIOR DESIGN:
Photo Courtesy of Random House
Domono: The Book of Decorating is a nice way to introduce the basics. With De Gournay wallpaper on the cover, you can't go wrong giving this book.

Photo Courtesy of Random House
This useful book takes the pages of the magazine and reorganizes them by category. You can learn decorating tricks, space saving techniques, good sources to shop from and what the fundamentals are for each room in your home.
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Learn how to pull it all together with easy to follow tips and ideas.
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The softcover makes the book look like a cute text book--it is not intimidating.
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A good gift for a newbie or a Domino dweller, through Amazon.

FOR THE LADY:
Photo Courtesy of Lunt
Use this Toast Rack from The Botanical Garden Collection for Lunt to hold monogrammed stationery on your desk or load it up with toast and use it on a breakfast tray.

Photo Courtesy of Haute Home by Jane Leider
Frilly, well-pressed linens are a heavenly gift. The girly girl often collects boudoir covers, and this will make her so happy. Or splurge and get the whole bed set from Haute Home.

FOR THE SAFARI LOVER:
You might not be in Kenya anymore, but elephants can still roam free in the sitting room. Get some big game through Mecox Garden.

FOR A SAILOR WITH ALLERGIES:
Photo Courtesy of Haute Home by Jane Leider
Drop anchor on the sniffles with this tissue box cover available through Haute Home.


FOR THE FOODIE:
Photo Courtesy of DWR
A Microplane Rock Salt Shaver is just the thing for the cook. The hottest trend since the olive oil craze, pick one up at Design Within Reach. Salt not included, hit Dean and Deluca for that.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF DECORATIVE OBJECTS:
Photo Courtesy of Joe Cariati
Handblown glass decanters with gorgeous stoppers from Joe Cariati are a stunning gift. Bright hues make each sinewy shape a standout. Available through Joe Cariati.

FOR COLLECTORS OF OBJETS:
Photo Courtesy of Penkhurst Ceramics
Porcelain fruits look delectable in these lux glazes. Why not get one in each color from Penkhurst Ceramics.

FOR THE HOSTESS:

Everyone needs a great tray. Set up a bar, serve with it or set it down and stack books on it. Available from a retailer listed on Two's Company.

FOR THE PARTY GIRL:
Photo Courtesy of Vivre
SuRevolution's four regal purple Tasseled Silk Napkin Rings will rock the party, through Vivre.

FOR THE PARTY BOY:
Photo Courtesy of Michael C.Fina
J L Coquet makes the most stunning shiny black crystal champagne coup. Serve Cristal or Dom in these for your New Year's toast. Available through Michael C. Fina.

FOR THE NEATNICK:
Photo Courtesy of The Laundress
Keep dry cleaning bills at bay with this little bag of helpers from The Laundress