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modern bedding in navy and white

3 Bedroom Styling Ideas and Resources

If your boudoir’s design lacks luster, a set of bedding can spiff things up in a cinch. Selected with comfort and style in mind, our medley of shams, duvets, and blankets will keep your bedroom looking smart.
July 13, 2012
5 cardigan bay Blodwen Blanket

Cardigan Bay's Textile Design Revolution

It seems an unlikely place to come across a design revolution, but if you venture into the valleys of the Pembrokeshire coast in west Wales you will find a thriving creative community. Inspired by their industrial heritage and spurred by the economic downturn, small businesses and enterprises in the Cardigan Bay area are working hard to keep their local skills and manufacturing traditions alive. “At some point you realize that we are going to have to start making stuff again,” explains Cardigan Bay-based David Hieatt, founder of Hiut Denim—a brand name that merges his surname with the word utility. It’s a sentiment that’s echoed across the many of the creative businesses in the area. “The recession has made us realize that to buy less but better is something we have to get back to,” says Hieatt. “It’s an ethos that society started out with many years ago and the recession has helped us to rediscover it.” Provenance is certainly a buzzword in retail at the moment, and products made in Cardigan Bay have it by the bucket load. Amanda Griffiths, of local woolen mill Melin Tregwynt, attributes the area’s surge in creativity to the quality of life that it offers and the inspiration the landscape provides. “It’s always been a creative area full of crafts people—we joke that it’s Wales’ answer to California.” This combination of history, natural resources, craft, passion, and ideas creates ideal growing conditions for new and old manufacturing businesses. Dwell tracks down three of the area’s entrepreneurs to find out how they are turning to the triumphs of the past to find success in the present.
July 11, 2012
teixidors blankets stack

Blankets by Teixidors and Christian Zuzunaga

One of our new favorite product lines spotted at this year's ICFF is from Spanish company Teixidors, a small-scale textile maker that weaves its wares in Terrassa, a city in Catalonia. Established in 1983, Teixidors has a laudable social mission—it aims to employ people with learning disabilities to operate their hand looms—and environmental ethic—it uses natural materials farmed in a responsible manner.
June 19, 2012
Swiss Design Prize

Swiss Design at Dwell on Design

It's coming up Swiss at this year's Dwell on Design. On Saturday, June 23rd, we'll be talking to two sets of panelists on the Design Innovation Stage, with additional Swiss handicraft shown on the Demonstration Stage. The occasion? The annual Swiss Design Prize, which honors the "economic and cultural relevance" of young designers' work in Switzerland. Some of this year's winners will be joining us in Los Angeles next weekend, along with Lukas Scherrer, SHIBULERU founder and former senior industrial designer at IDEO. Follow along for some background on our panelists.
June 13, 2012
Roros Snohetta

Snøhetta Gets Small-Scale with Røros-Tweed

One of the best booths at ICFF this year (see a bunch more roundups onsite and offsite here) was the insidenorway set-up featuring prototypes from young Norwegian designers, all curated by Paul Makovsky of Metropolis magazine. There we found some new work by architecture firm Snøhetta, whose designers delved into textile fabrication with the help of venerated wool company Røros-Tweed. We're used to seeing Snøhetta work on a grand scale, but the collaboration proves that they bring just as much rigor to everyday home goods. Here's a look at the ingenious blanket design by the firm's design team, led by Siri Warren.
June 11, 2012
orange Tresse rug by Samuel Accoceberry for Chevalier Edition

Graphic Carpet Ride

June 5, 2012
Spanish rug designer Nani Marquina

ICFF 2012: Nani Marquina on Design

Spanish rug design maven Nani Marquina is known for her emphasis on handcrafted wares, commitment to fair trade practices and sustainable development, and for bringing a distinctive and imaginative twist to floor coverings. This year, her company, nanimarquina, celebrates its 25th anniversary. We caught up with Marquina on the ICFF show floor and—with the help of her translator—found out more about her design philosophy, how she approaches collaborations, and which of her numerous pieces has stuck with her the most throughout the years.
May 25, 2012
Marc Thorpe pixelated orange gradient fabric

Neo Knits

A pair of designers dream up a fresh way of knitting pixelated fabric, powered by a 21st-century sewing machine.
May 18, 2012
Maria João Arnaud’s hand-printed Friendship Mountains textile

Maria João Arnaud

“At London Design Festival, I really fell for Maria João Arnaud’s hand-printed Friendship Mountains textiles.”
April 24, 2012