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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
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Hasso's iPad and Laptop Sleeves

As soon as a new gizmo hits—I'm looking at you, iPad—the design world races to kit it out with sleek accessories. Yes, I'm all for protecting my precious laptop or tablet or swanky phone, but rarely does a quality-made case get to market at the same time as the object it's supposed to house or preserve. Which means that for a really hot iPad sleeve, you'll have to wait a little bit before a great one arrives. Thankfully, the Colombian bag makers at Hasso hit the retail scene last year with their excellent laptop and iPad sleeves, the Sabino and the Aldo. The Daza, which I really like, has only been available since December 2011. Design Director Nicholas Hurtado walks me through.  
February 27, 2012
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Bedrock Images's Forgotten Maps

For the architecturally inclined—especially those with a mess of wall space—little enlivens the living room like a gigantic map. Though hip apartments the nation over are festooned with graphic prints of Brooklyn neighborhoods, diagrams of the London Underground, and the like, to get a real dose of architectural bravado in your residence, consider one of the massive archival maps from Bedrock Images. Printed on cloth, fine paper, or glossy photographic paper, these images from Rome, New York, Paris, Washington D.C., or Beijing range in size from merely impressive to room-transformingly massive. Have a look at the slideshow that follows to get a feel for Bedrock's products.
February 6, 2012
Embroidery design by MaricorMaricar

Textiles in Motion

Sydney-based embroidery designers MaricorMaricar hit our radar screen back in August with a series called Turns of Speech, weaving misheard lyrics into textile magic. We got on the horn with Maricar Manalo, one half of the fledgling company, to check in on the twin sister super-duo's latest sewn projects and discover what's next for 2012.
January 5, 2012
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Marimekko Designs by Erja Hirvi

Check out more designs by Marimekko designer Erja Hirvi who designed the winning pattern Lumimarja in the Dwell and Marimekko Contest! We delve further into Erja's inspiration in this Q+A, but click through the slideshow for a look at five of her fabrics.
December 21, 2011
The Lumimarja print by Marimekko.

Q&A with Marimekko Designer Erja Hirvi

At Dwell we've always been fans of the bold prints by Finnish textile design house Marimekko and in honor of their 60th anniversary we toasted ten timeless prints and challenged you to vote on your favorite. With over 5,000 votes cast in just three short weeks, it was a close race between the iconic Unikko (Poppy) by Maija Isola and Lumimarja (Snowberry) by Erja Hirvi. Ultimately, the title of "favorite" went to Lumimarja so we went tet-a-tet with Erja to delve into her design inspirations.
December 21, 2011

Twist A Twill Blanket

One of the highlights of the London Design Festival was a show of small, up-and-coming designers and makers called TENT London. One of the many talents I met on my visit was the Danish textile designer Tina Ratzer. I really liked her work, and she recently tipped me off to three new colors for her wonderful wool Twist A Twill blanket.  
October 13, 2011
Circus is part of an uncharacteristically geometric collection that Cole & Son is debuting this fall.

Cole & Son Factory Tour

Cole & Son, a London-based wallpaper manufacturer established in 1875, recently launched its collection of autumn wallpapers, including a particularly striking harlequin pattern of overlain colors called "Circus" that proves the 136-year-old company can do modern with as much depth as the historical. These papers are manufactured—"manu," by hand, being the operative root—barely north of central London in Haringey, where the tiny Cole & Son factory rolls out a quarter of a million meters of high-end wallcoverings per year. On the ground floor of the two-floor warehouse, a 130-year old machine sits beside a shinier digital printer of a mere 30 years. Though they don’t look old enough, some workers have been there for decades and have children working there too. “It’s like anything you do,” says a screen printer named Jason who has been mastering his craft for 25 years. “You just get used to it and then it’s easy.”
October 11, 2011