Blog: April 2019

Anta celebrates perennially perfect Scottish design

Scottish company Anta recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. A partnership between owners Annie and Lachlan Stewart and the craftspeople with whom they work, Anta designs products for the home with a linked architecture practice (Anta Architecture) run by Lachlan. Everything Anta sells is made in Scotland. The woolen yarn used for the carpets and tweeds… Read more »

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Madeleine Memories by Classic Rug Collection

We all have Madeleine moments when a memory sparks to life in an atavistic, uncontrolled flash. Proust famously structured the narrative of his epic multi-volume novel À la recherche du temps perdu on the concept of voluntary and involuntary memories. The most famous event in the novel was his memory of the taste of Madeleine… Read more »

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Alto Steps by artist designer Liza Phillips

Lucy Honeychurch wanted a Florence hotel room with a view of the Arno River, and your scribe wants a home with stairs. Nothing fancy. A cabin will do (no yurts please). Or better still, a wee house designed by Terunobu Fujimori. And when your scribe has her stairs, she will dress the treads and landings… Read more »

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Classic Rug Collection reveals Manhattan rug by Swedish artist Bo Lundberg

“Take me back to Manhattan, Take me back to New York. I’m just longing to see once more, My little home on the hundredth floor!” Cole Porter’s lyrics sum up the magnetic pull of New York city – Manhattan and the boroughs. And whether or not you live on the hundredth floor or in a… Read more »

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Artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s “Death of the Moth” at The Fabric Workshop and Museum

If there’s one thing COVER knows it’s moths. Not gorgeous, blowsy cloud forest moths, but the tiny destroyers of clothes and carpets. Your scribe still mourns her Christopher Farr rug. Carefully folded for a period in storage, it emerged with fist-sized holes. But moths as a metaphor for life and the survival imperative was expressed… Read more »

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Fine Cell Work Launches Pop-Up Shop in Mayfair

Last night was the opening reception for Fine Cell Work’s pop-up shop at 5 Grosvenor Street in Mayfair, central London. Warner Textile Archive join Fine Cell Work in the shop with their latest wallpaper releases including “Aquitaine” which is papered on one wall of the shop. Fine Cell Work’s volunteers teach stitching skills in British… Read more »

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Artist textiles by Caroline Achaintre

Artist Caroline Achaintre and Arcade Fine Arts have granted your scribe permission to reproduce several of Achaintree’s expressive and remarkable textile artworks. Achaintre’s work on The Saatchi Gallery website includes Fevver, her 2008 hand tufted wool hanging. The artist/gallery statement declares her influences include “the crude aesthetics” of “German Expressionism” and “post-war British sculpture”, and… Read more »

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A treasure trove of rugs from Somerville Scott & Company

Pêcheurs de lune is the evocative and romantic French term for finding treasure at les puces, the French flea markets where “moon fishers” or “moon fishermen” trawl the bottom of the les puces equivalent of the Mariana Trench hoping to haul up undiscovered treasure. Your scribe was fishing this weekend and pulled up treasure for… Read more »

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Belén Mena designs celebrate Ecuador’s winged beauties

A sleek splash in the Olympic pool by Samantha Arevalo Salinas of Ecuador in the women’s 800-meter freestyle heat yesterday inspired your scribe to refresh her interest in Ecuadorean rugs (alfombras). Olga Fisch was a significant figure in the global promotion and national protection of Ecuadorean crafts, particularly rugs. She founded Quito’s Folklore shop –… Read more »

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Enrich your world with the J Robert Scott Golden Collection

Goooooold! crow the headlines on most British newspapers this morning following Olympic victories yesterday. COVER celebrates all Olympians with the luxe, luxurious and resplendent “Golden” textile collection designed by Sally Sirkin Lewis for California-based luxury furnishings company J Robert Scott, who are also in a celebratory mood as 2012 is their fortieth anniversary. Cheers! one… Read more »

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