there was no shortage of pillows at the fair last weekend. it was almost too daunting to try and sift through them all to post an edited selection. so this is by no means all of what saw, just some of our favorites and some designers we haven't seen before. we've chosen not to include jonathan adler or judy ross. we love their work, but it's a bit over-exposed. and we're missing highlights from john robshaw's new spring '08 collection as well as k studio and henry road's new designs. as soon as i can get some decent shots i'll post them. enjoy! k&m
[images above and below from hable construction]
these pillows really caught my eye. vibrant colors, great textures, super soft and hand made in new york. i love how the design extends beyond the pillow. beautiful!
bliss living home:
although not an indie designer, i really liked the hand embroidered pillows from bliss home. we'll be highlighting a couple of their bedding collections as well later in the week.
we saw a lot of ethnic-inspired desgins last weekend. and each one was more beautiful than the next. these pillows were truly exquisite. organic, hand painted pillows from canadian designer, anupama. you might have seen her highlighted a while back in domino. so rich and luxurious!
we've admired her work online and loved the opportunity to see it in person. for 2008, alena is launching a number of eco-friendly items, which only enhance the beauty of her work. we were especially smitten by her pillows. i love the horse silhouette. so simple, yet so stunning.
this sister-duo is so wonderful in person! their excitement for design is contagious and we loved meeting with them and looking at some of the new designs for '08. i don't have an image of it yet, but they have taken the classic pineapple silhouette and gone wild. as the duo said, it's a bit cliché, but that's what makes it so fun. i also got to see the octopus pillows in person! which i just love, as well as a number of summery patterns we're looking forward to carrying.
what a fun find. we were unfamiliar with jen's work before the show and we loved the opportunity to talk with her. she spent 15 months living in hungary, learning the language and getting to know the women who would hand make her stunning pillows. using ol-fashioned techniques to create such modern designs is quite unique. and jen is so passionate. she's dedicated to her concept as well as working with small stores such as ours. we look forward to getting to know her and her designs in the future.
a playful canadian design team, fluf makes modern accessories for the home that are totally liveable. their cusions were really simple and stylish, but it's their poufs that grabbed our attention. we'll post about them next week when we talk trends.
and last, but certainly not least, balanced design. they believe that balancing good design with organic materials is the NEW definition of MODERN. and we agree. more of flet wool appliques, as we saw a lot of, but beautifully done. each pillow is unique and delicate. we loved them!
stay tuned for a special pillow post later today highlighting our absolute favorite find at the fair (say that five times fast!)