Nada Debs, of Lebanese origin, was raised in Japan. She studied interior architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States, starting her first company in the UK, designing and producing custom furniture.
After a 40 year hiatus, Nada Debs’ Levantine spirit brought her home to Beirut, where she discovered that designs for modern Middle Eastern furniture were non-existent. She then established her company East & East, where the brand fuses Eastern tradition and minimalism. Her multicultural approach attracted the attention of the design world. Today Nada operates from Beirut and is represented globally, delivering to the world.
The NADA DEBS mission is to celebrate Eastern craftsmanship through contemporary design. It is about reintroducing and reinterpreting local design by mixing Middle Eastern craft with Far Eastern sensibility, resulting in a fusion of East and East. New material versus traditional techniques result in innovative local craftsmanship with a strong design element. The quest for reviving and evolving our artistic heritage reflects the spirit of the ‘local in the global’ and the ‘global in the local’ otherwise dubbed as glocal. We like to bring awareness not only to the handmade, but also to the heartmade. It is the hand that makes what the heart creates. By emphasizing the spiritual importance of creating with one’s hands, the hand becomes a storyteller that guides us to preserve our narrative. With this in mind, we continue to push the boundaries of innovative craft.
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For 18 years, New Orleans native, Katie Koch, has been designing and engineering beautiful, hand-sewn window treatments for a discerning clientele. From the simple and tailored to the lush and opulent, her imaginative drapery creations transcend trends and interpret her client’s individual aesthetics with a keen eye for detail.
Having sewn since childhood and worked in the retail end of fashion for several decades, Koch launched her eponymous business, Katie Koch Drapery, in 1997. She initially worked out of her home and later opened a workroom specializing in drapery, slipcovers, pillows, bedcoverings and upholstery. In 2008, she and her husband, Marc Levy, opened Oops, a consignment store dealing in designer furniture and home décor.
Over the past five years, Koch has expanded Katie Koch to include a design showroom with an extensive fabric library and a personally-curated inventory of vintage furniture with an emphasis on Mid-Century Modern pieces, many of which have a designer provenance. Both her shop, located near the Magazine Street shopping district, and her website, are destinations for the design trade and the consumer with an interest in sophisticated and fresh interior design directions.
In 2013, Katie Koch added a new line of classic, Billy Baldwin-inspired upholstered furniture and an urbane collection of snakeskin home-accessories imported from Europe and exclusively available to the New Orleans area at Katie Koch.
Learn more about Koch’s design services and view her expertly chosen compendium of vintage furnishings and complementary goods
Visit the Website: katiekochhome.com
EFFI HOME COUTURE was founded by Eva Zimmerbeutel in 2015.
"In general, my development as a textile designer is based on German art education, refined by textile studies at the Dutch Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design and work experience in companies located in Århus (Denmark) and Berlin. Now, I settled back in my home town, Remscheid, to work near the forest and in a creative community called ‘ins blaue’"
"The fascination for nature and landscape started very early. As a child I put leaves under the microscope and studied birds in the garden. I spent a lot of time outside and could keep myself busy in every part of nature. Today, I love running in the forest and take long walks at the sea. While sailing I enjoy the connection with natural elements. This does not only make me feel free and joyful but also gives me energy and stress relief. I figured that nature provides a basis for my physical and mental well-being. Besides, the flora and fauna always inspired me and the world’s natural environment is so rich of species, processes and functions that I never get bored of it. So I asked myself where this fascination is coming from: Why does nature have such an incredible effect on my creativity and well-being and is there proof for a positive impact on humans?
Actually there is and it’s called biophilia."
"With philosophical and scientific research on biophilia as well as own analysis, I developed a concept for biophilic textile design. This research provides a personal foundation for my design philosophy and product development, but also influences work processes and presentations."
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Fine craft maker Nazanin Kamali produces artisanal textiles and homedecor designs deeply rooted in her fascination with cultural mythology, with an underlying melancholia and hint of the macabre.
A postgraduate of the Royal College of Art where she had studied furniture design , Kamali established Non Specific Creativity in the early 1990s; a multi-disciplined design collective that worked on a diverse variety of design projects ranging from restaurant design to art installations. She later joined retail design company Aero as the creative director before setting up Newman + Kamali with Paul Newman in 2000 (which subsequently became iNK), designing and supplying retailers such as the Conran Shop, Heals, Crate & Barrel, SCP and John Lewis.
Kamali’s contemporary take on traditional craft techniques exemplify her belief in a sustainable approach to personalized luxury, which has been evident throughout her career. As a founding designer for Case Furniture her contemporary designs reflected the attention to precision detail found in Japanese arts, while her bespoke craft commissions are characterized by high levels of craftsmanship and intricate forms.
Following a period of personal upheaval in 2006, Kamali turned to the therapeutic craft practices of embroidery and created a vast patchwork blanket inspired by the Isabel Allende’s familial novel ‘The House of the Spirits’; seventy seven squares hand sewn in 100% wool fabric.
Galvanised by the idea that ‘all her personal documents should be embroidered’, Kamali then sought to give a sense of permanency to the notes that people routinely scribble then discard. The development of her bespoke Last Will & Testament cushion cover and Wedding Vows blanket has allowed her to further focus on the narrative aspect of craft that holds so much personal appeal.
Kamali’s debut cushion collection launching at SCP follows a similar path, drawing upon her interest in Kamons; Japanese heraldic symbols which she became enthralled with whilst designing the interior of Brighton-based restaurant Oki-Nami in 1994.
The four intricate Mon designs of Chicken, Shrimp, Hexagon and Chrysanthemum are machine embroidered on cotton, while four felt appliquéd design of Crane, Chrysanthemum plus two Snowflake designs complete the collection. Inspired by the hexagonal symmetry of the snowflake, a natural form that has intrigued scientists for millennia, Kamali has featured snowflakes in several of her designs over the years, including a panel on the original patchwork blanket that reignited her love affair with traditional craft processes.
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Based in Italy, the company operates on a global scale through the main centres of Milan headquarters - including Top Management, Design & Style department, Sales & Marketing offices, Communications activities, Administrative & Legal office - and Nera Montoro site (90 Km North of Rome), where are located the production plant and the R&D Centre, for a total area of 450,000 sqm.
Renowned for its unique and proprietary technology, over the years the company has developed prestigious collaborations with global luxury brand partners who choose Alcantara material for their creations in the fields of fashion, interior, automotive, yachting, aviation and consumer electronics.
Alcantara S.p.A. is then the only world producer of the Alcantara material, guarantee of pure Italian quality and excellence.
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Founded by the De Zutter family in 1954, Wind is today an international reference in high-quality textile creation and design. Located in an area well reputed since as far back as the 14th Century for its textile production, Wind embodies expertise and age-old tradition.
The new generation today intends to continue with the expertise and values of the brand, whilst adding their own personal touch. Today Wind distinguishes itself by its exclusive design and its inspired collections as well as its conception of customer service.
The selection of high-quality materials and the development of an innovative design where contemporary rubs shoulders with the latest trends are the signature of the Wind brand. Each collection offers a unique assortment of colours, motifs and textures exclusively proposed by the brand. These collections are today on show in some of the most prestigious locations throughout the globe.
Finally, the stability and development of the Wind brand have been established throughout the decades via exceptional relations with clients, retailers and agents.
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Johanna Gullichsen Textile Craft & Design offers an extensive range of woven textiles for modern living. Bold and simple patterns, natural materials, a down to earth sensibility - our style is all about comfort, colour and ease-of-use. Our designs can be combined either with modern or traditional interiors.
Since 1989, we have been committed to honest design and a modern interpretation of Scandinavian textile traditions.
Finnish textile designer, Johanna Gullichsen was born in Somero, southern Finland. Before finding an interest in textiles she studied art history, literature and languages at the University of Helsinki. She then pursued education in the skill of weaving at Porvoo Crafts School.
Gullichsen describes her approach to design: "Handweaving with the loom is my inspiration for exploring techniques and patterns. That's how most of my designs are born. Craft is a living design tool for me, always included in the narrative of my textiles. I am especially interested in the construction of fabrics and I am drawn to technically challenging designs, even though the final product might seem simple. The ready-made products that I design are defined by the fabric itself; by its material or by its pattern."
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MATOUK - enriching the lives of our customers and their families by creating the most beautiful and beloved collection of bed and bath linens.
In 1929, John Matouk founded our company with a mission to give Americans ready access to the world’s most luxurious linens. From an early age Mr. Matouk, born the son of a fine jeweler in Damascus, Syria, was steeped in the principles of meticulous workmanship and good taste. As a young man he immigrated to Italy where he learned the fine linens business, gaining particular expertise in the intricate lace and extraordinary hand-work that were very much part of the Italian tradition. He began exporting Italian linens to the United States, developing a partnership with the famous Olga Asta linen and embroidery house located in St. Marks Square in Venice.xMr. Matouk fulfilled his lifelong dream to make a life in the United States in July of 1929, arriving in New York with trunks of the exquisite linens that he had discovered in Italy. Even in those difficult times there were those who had a passion for fine things and the means to afford them, and the first Matouk products soon became sought after by the finest stores and private customers.
During World War II, with his supply lines from Europe cut off, Mr. Matouk moved his production to the U.S., opening the first Matouk factory in Manhattan. When linen became scarce during wartime, he pioneered a special blended fabric of mohair, rayon and cotton. This became Matouk’s first signature tablecloth.
In 1963, John’s son, George F. Matouk Sr., joined the business and three years later he became president. During his 36 years leading the company, George Sr. grew Matouk from a maker of fine table linens to a full-service luxury home textile source for the bed, bath and table. In 1985, George Sr. moved the factory from Manhattan to southern New England, home to both a tradition of American textile production and a community of skilled craftspeople who continue to practice the art of embroidery and monogramming for which Matouk is known around the world.
Today, the Matouk factory and headquarters are located in Fall River, Massachusetts in a world-class facility that features a solar energy system, advanced production technologies, and an environment committed to promoting the health and well being of our employees. At Matouk old world techniques live hand-in-hand with state of the art tools and production philosophies.
Under the leadership of John Matouk’s grandson, George Matouk Jr., the company remains committed to, and invigorated by, our purpose of enriching the lives of our customers and their families by creating the most beautiful and beloved collection of bed and bath linens.
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For eight generations we have handcrafted wool, cotton, linen and hemp for the home. Our fabrics have inside them a piece of ourselves and of our land. Tuscany
The headquarters of the company are in a five hundred years palazzo , which reminds us of the times when wool was laid to dry, in spring, on the top of the covered porches while in the basement weaving machines kept on rattling.
Nowadays, we are still processing rustic wool from the Appennines , Nothern Umbria and Casentino.
Shearing took place in spring by “tosini” sheep shearers, that for a long time used sheers, which have been used since Roman times. The work was carried out in the “vergherie” barns where shepherds gathered flocks, or in sheep pens. The shorn fleece was carefully worked until it became the perfect wool to be woven, warm and resistant. This is the reason why the woven cloth from Casentino has since middle age been, the fabric used for the cassocks of San Romualdo Camaldolese monks.
Busatti produced woven wool for the cassocks till soon after WWII. Nowadays we produce it once again in natural linen fiber , called Antico Casentino which has renewed this centuries old tradition.
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Anne Kyyrö Quinn - interior textiles based on three-dimensional structure rather than smooth surface ornamentation.
Resembling artworks more than conventional fabrics, the contemporary creations produced by the Anne Kyyrö Quinn studio are not textiles as you once knew them. Cut, sewn and finished by hand, our unique choice of luxury natural fabrics are crafted into interior textiles designed to harmonise timelessly with any setting. Each product is conceived as a gesture of simplicity, yet, we make space for bold colours, rich textures and striking motifs.
Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s sculptural approach has pioneered a new genre of interior textiles based on three-dimensional structure rather than smooth surface ornamentation. Our products are based on a portfolio of core designs inspired by organic shapes and expressed with bold simplicity. Whether crafted into bespoke acoustic wall installations or textile art pieces each design has a tactile feel that appeals to the eye as well as to the hand. As we merge twenty-first century design with textures inspired by the natural world, our products bridge the gulf between the urban interior and the natural landscape, and bring an elegant, unassuming beauty into everyday life.
Our commitment to design excellence makes Anne Kyyrö Quinn one of Britain’s leading manufacturers of handcrafted interior textiles. Since the studio was established in 1999, our products and bespoke textile services have been distributed internationally to design showrooms and retail outlets, and marketed by independent agents.
From our base in London, we provide a consultancy service for special residential or contract projects, working with architects, art consultants and interior designers to create tailor-made pieces for a wide range of interior settings. As Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s products continue to gain acclaim in leading interiors around the world, our commitment to quality, innovation and design excellence travels with them.
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Created in 1991 by Sylvette and Alain LE STRAT, and named after Alain’s grandmother who came from the village of Saint-Jean-Brévelay. This family business has it's atelier located in the heart of Brittany in an old school building in 1899. The charming and calm environment is the perfect place for Sylvette to design elegant and luxurious home collections.
This is the passion and inspiration behind Amandine de Brévelay, a French well known embroidered bed, table and bath linen family factory. Its artistic creations have always been faithful to its core values:
Refinement and Delicacy
Inspired by French lifestyle heritage, half way between tradition and modernity, its collections bring comfort and harmony to luxurious interiors, bridging the gap between a tough world, poetry and well-being. Designs and softness of fabrics discretely celebrate retro shabby chic and romantic styles.
Designed and made in France, Amandine de Brévelay is perpetuating the “Savoir-Faire à la Française”, incorporating time-honored techniques and high quality fabrics. By treating old patterns to new designs and arranging elegant mix of fabrics, its genuine know-how pays homage to the traditions of fine linen.
The company has been exporting since 1999 and the brand is now known and distributed on every continent. In 2017, most if its production is exported and available in stores located as far as Japan, South Korea, Russia, Australia and the U.S.A.
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The Klippan Yllefabrik AB was founded in 1879. Today, the fourth and fifth generations are working side by side, developing the company. Our philosophy is to combine Swedish design with our long tradition of textile knowledge.
We have developed a textile collection in collaboration with famous Swedish designers. All our blankets and throws are manufactured in our own factory. We only use natural material in our products and try to use eco-material as much as possible.
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ENOstudio is a French editor of objects signed by the most gifted current designers.
Our philosophy is to create simple, beautiful, useful and curious objects to enchant our daily lives. We observes the evolution of our everydaylive’s behaviors and asks the designers to imagine the objects that match with.
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Casalis designs and produces contemporary interior applications based on textiles, for private dwellings as well as for public spaces. Carpets, objects and acoustic panels which are functional as well as artistic meet the very highest standards.
CURIOSITY, RESPECT AND INNOVATION/RENEWAL are key.
Curiosity for our customers' wishes and needs and for the innovative ideas our designers come up with. Respect for good and innovative design which offers designers the opportunity to develop themselves and us the opportunity to surprise and delight. Respect for the traditional human crafts and skills and curiosity after technological developments and the most modern production techniques.
Respect for Nature and the diversity of raw materials which this world provides us with: we make products with a long life span and with a timeless design.
Casalis stands for curiosity, respect and innovation.
A deliberate choice.
The Beiras carpets combine the centuries-old art of handknotting from the Beiras region of Portugal with modern materials, colours and patterns.
Purely traditional and disarmingly honest. Made using wool from sheep in the Himalayan mountains. Everything is done by hand: from the shearing of the sheep and the carding of the wool, the dyeing of the fibres and the spinning of the yarn up to the final knotting of the carpet.
Manual tufting forms an efficient alternative to manual knotting. With the help of a handgun, the tufter shoots the yarn with a great deal of skill polar line by polar line until a carpet is formed. Due to its enormous flexibility, the technique allows for the production of true works of art.
Weaving Pello Weave
Pello Weave is the ultimate in modern craftsmanship and strikes the perfect balance between modern and traditional.
The natural wealth of the wool from Tibetan sheep in the Himalayan mountains is carefully spun into knottable carpet yarn while respecting and maintaining the character according to an ancient tradition.
For plain colour carpets or easy designs, a robot can replace the manual work of the handtufters, increasing the uniformity of the pile density and also allowing for new techniques (3D shapes).
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