Blog: November 2012

Wild dreams of a Josef Frank rya rug for Svensk Tenn

“The richness of decoration cannot be fathomed so quickly”, wrote designer Josef Frank defending his colour and pattern profusion against the ascendancy of Le Corbusier’s diktat that a home was “a machine for living”. Maybe it’s the hallucinations of cabin fever and Jack Frost wrestling your scribe into a scorpion submission hold while he blasts… Read more »

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Tobacco may be “filthie” but the colour creates an American classic by Rose Tarlow Melrose House

The ascetic aftermath that follows Thanksgiving feasting inspired your scribe to riffle her Colonial American literature and read contemporary accounts of hardship and survival before the New World’s fortunes waxed with tobacco. James I of England blasted tobacco as “lothsome”, “hatefull”, and “harmefull” in his famous (or infamous if you’re a fan of “filthie” smokes)… Read more »

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Carpetalogue exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers: final fortnight & special late night invitation

The portmanteau word “carpetalogue” is the delightful moniker created to describe the ‘pages’ – i.e. carpets – in the current exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers, London. Celebrating art and design studio M/M (Paris), the singular exhibition title is interpreted by your scribe as a witty contemporary update of the traditional festschrift – a volume of… Read more »

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Rumble in the rhombus: TEX Tile weave inspired ceramic tiles

Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay are the Raw-Edges Design Studio. Their TEX Tile ceramic tile collection for Mutina is inspired by the texture of textiles. “Almost every object has its own particular texture, whether it’s a natural or a handmade material”, the duo declare. Their tactile reference library was the springboard for experimenting with plasticine… Read more »

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Fransje Killaars artist – new book published

Too big to drop through the letterbox, your scribe’s cloven hoofed neighbour kindly delivered the package left in his custody by her postie. Inside was the new Fransje Killaars artist monograph published by 010 Publishers, Rotterdam. Killaar’s polychromatic textile, bedspreads and carpet installations are exhibited internationally, and installed in commercial, civic and domestic environments. Although… Read more »

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Happy Thanksgiving: upcycle those leftovers

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States of America (also known as the “Magnited States of America” to a former customer of the no talkin’, no textin’ Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Austin, Texas.) A national holiday, it’s a day to give thanks, tuck into a Bacchanalian feast and bagsy the best seat for the telly,… Read more »

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Warner Textile Archive launch Wendy Bray wallpaper collection

Finding treasure in the attic doesn’t just happen to punters on the Antiques Roadshow. The launch yesterday of Warner Textile Archive’s Wendy Bray wallpaper collection (nine designs) at the Fine Cell Work pop-up shop in Mayfair, London, was the result of a rummage round the roof space. Warner’s Archivist Kate Wigley selected and developed designs… Read more »

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COVER Exclusive: Marguerite Zorach’s tapestry “Ipcar Family in Robinhood Farm, Maine”, 1944

Grayson Perry, Royal Academician, Turner Prize winner and fêted contemporary British artist? Meet Marguerite Zorach. Several years ago your scribe hit pay dirt in a charity shop. Ann Wiseman’s 1969 book Rag Tapestries and Wool Mosaics introduced your scribe to American modern artist Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968), and it was Zorach herself who introduced Wiseman to… Read more »

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Jack Frost declares it’s time for Fairisle rugs and cardies

Jack Frost knocked on your scribe’s front door this morning and declared the interior temperature as officially “frosty”. That means just one thing (other than loading the wheelbarrow with gold bullion and trundling down to the gas provider); it’s time to break out the Fairisle. Not so long ago Fairisle meant jumpers or socks knitted… Read more »

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Foundation presents Rug Addicts exhibition in East London

Nick Hartwright and Mark Hanlon collaborate with “the world’s finest cutting edge artists and designers to create beautiful, limited-edition hand-knotted rugs.” Together they are Foundation, a new rug company. Foundation’s inaugural exhibition – “Rug Addicts” – opened last week at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in East London (2-6 November 2012). COVER’s big… Read more »

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