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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 red

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
2011 MWA Stage

Modern World Awards 2011

This year we debuted the Modern World Awards, giving our favorite product and furniture discoveries a place to shine on the show floor.
September 27, 2011
Knoll Textile Cover

Knoll Textiles

The roster of furniture designers who have graced the factories of Knoll is startling: Saarinen, Platner, Bertoia, Breuer. But the textile designers like Marianne Strengell, Evelyn Hill Anselevicius, and Eszter Haraszty so responsible for the warp and weft of mid-century modernism get shorter shrift. Knoll Textiles: 1945-2010, due out August 31st from Yale University Press in association with the Bard Graduate Center, hopes to rectify this. At over 400 pages, this volume accompanies the exhibit of the same name that ran at Bard this summer. Knoll Textiles is edited by Earl Martin with essays from design curators and critics like Paul Makovsky of Metropolis and Bobbye Tigerman of LACMA. My colleague Miyoko Ohtake did a great slideshow and interview with Makovsky in May. Now fans of the exhibit from which the book was taken can get the whole story. 
August 22, 2011
The Marimekko Pilvi Bag, featuring designer Maija Isola's Mansikkavouret print.

Marimekko Pilvi Bag

If you're like me, you have more totes than you know what to do with. Get ready to do some closet cleaning because the Marimekko Pilvi bag is the one worth having.
August 11, 2011
Marimekko factory interior in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Ink

Step inside Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life.
July 22, 2011
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The Rug Company's Chris Sharp

Founded in London in 1997 by Suzanne and Christopher Sharp, The Rug Company grew out of the globe-trotting couple’s love of exotic cultures, exquisite hand-craftsmanship and, of course, rugs. Apart from sticking to conventional retail business practices, the twist the Sharps brought to the trade—which they helped to revivify, both in the UK and abroad—is a contemporary aesthetic; currently, the company markets fashion-forward work by numerous designers, among them Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, the late Alexander McQueen, Tom Dixon, and duo Barber Osgerby. With success has come expansion—TRC has seventeen stores worldwide, with five more to arrive by the end of next year—but with no diminution of quality, craft or customer service, according to Chris Sharp. He sat down with Dwell recently (on an unseasonably hot early-spring morning), in his boho-chic, and appropriately rug-filled, establishment in Manhattan’s SoHo district.
July 1, 2011
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