We hope you had a lovely time over the Christmas break and got a chance to relax and do the things you love. The design team are now back on board and thinking about the new season ahead. Winter 2018 here we come!
Lately I've been obsessed with making macramé wall hangings — more because I love the feeling of doing it, than actually being into macramé itself!
It all started with an evening class I took a few months ago with a friend, where we learned the basics and I got the knotting bug. I then set about making millions of sketches in my work book, and dreaming up ambitious ideas late at night. I knew I wanted to do something different — something bold and way less 'shabby chic' than the usual macramé... I imagined stunning large-scale pieces and wondered how on earth I was meant to figure out how much cord they would take.
Eventually (many knots and Google searches later) I managed to figure out the techniques I like best in this art form and where to get the right materials from. I also realised very quickly that the type of knotting I am using guzzles up the most unbelievable amount of cord, making those epic large-scale pieces of my imaginings rather less do-able — at least for now.
I love the play of materials I've used; how the softness of the cotton cord rests so nicely against the hard gleam of brass, the worn and burnished surface of the metal suggesting previous unknown uses. Given my profession, I think it's interesting that what I've made so far has ended up looking more like a woven textile than what I think of as typical macramé.
What are you doing creatively right now, just for the love of it?
The dramatic wall of breeze blocks greeted us at the entrance to
The Parker Hotel, before proceeding through full length tangerine doors which
led us into the lobby. The interior of The Parker had a $27 million refurbishment in 2004 by renowned ceramic and textile designer Jonathan Adler.
His styling was influenced by Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman who were Californian mid
century industrial designers. They reinterpreted folk art and
traditional techniques in a more modern and liberal style.
of Adler's work are sprinkled around the hotel. Hand made ceramics, murals and relief work, are mixed with rich textures and warm colours, skillfully show casing his playful aesthetic and luxurious tongue-in-cheek
The outdoor area included conversation pits, outdoor dining,
swimming pools and a family of Jack rabbits who happily enjoyed the lush
gardens. The lemonade stand was a wonderful retreat in the incessant desert
sun, best served pool side. Which was also a very interesting place to people-watch.
Imogen and I were lucky enough to go on a research trip to Palm Springs for
inspiration for our Summer 2016 collection. Each week we thought that we would
share some photos of our trip to give you an idea of the landscapes and
interiors of this legendary location.
out of L.A. in never ending traffic, we missed the turn-off to Palm Springs, so
the next exit became our next turn-off. We were so excited to be there that we
hopped out of the car immediately just to feel the hot breeze and stand in a
When creating a design, often the first step is getting down to basics and playing around with paper cut out shapes. There is a real sense of freedom in getting away from the computer and thinking a design through this way. As you shuffle and flip each shape, new and often unexpected arrangements occur.
In the photos above, I was working out some layout concepts for the Frey design, inspired by the breezeblock brick work of modernist houses in Palm Springs. The final result of this initial play around can be seen in the cushion cover & duvet below: