Collection by Olivia Martin

An Unlikely Marriage


We can’t get enough of new design brand House of Rym, an improbable artistic combination of Tunisian craftsmanship and Swedish aesthetics. In October 2011, Tunisian entrepreneurs Rym Tounsi and Zied Youssef contacted Swedish designers Anna Backlund and Elisabeth Dunker to see if they would be interested in a design collaboration. Tounsi and Youssef have a deep love of their native country’s artisan history and wanted to share it with others in a fresh light. They had long admired the designers’ work, and cold-called them to see if Backlund and Dunker would be interested in such a collaboration. As it turns out, Backlund and Dunker were, and before long, they hopped a plane to Tunisia. The group quickly formed a partnership, and produced a home goods line using wool, porcelain, cotton, and olive wood. Although their company is less than a year old, the pieces strike a perfect note between organic and modern, past and present. In the process of setting up a House of Rym webshop, all pieces can be purchased through Fine Little Day or Northlight. Click through the slideshow to see more:

Natural fibers and traditional techniques lend their textile collection a timeless quality.
This 100 percent wool rug designed by Elizabeth Dunker is called “Otis...
House of Rym’s foutas (traditional Hammam towels) are made from 100 percent natural cotton and woven on traditional...
Grey-black color way, shown here.
Vintage hand-woven kilim rugs are repurposed into ottomans and cushion covers.
The olive wood collection is made by hand from sustainably certified olive trees.
Although they originally only intended to design textiles, Backlund and Dunker found themselves in a porcelain factory,...
The porcelain set is meant to be mixed and matched at will.