NEW YORK DESIGN WEEK 2013: contemporary craft finds

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Today I have some favorite crafty finds to share with you from New York Design Week 2013. One of the things I love most about these items is how at home they would feel in a contemporary space. They are also perfect for the upcoming Summer season!


First up we have the new, larger scale, Etched Alabama Chanin collection from Heath Ceramics, which was on display at The Future Perfect last week. How gorgeous?!




These awesome quilts by RISD grad, Meg Callahan, were designed and produced in collaboration with the New York based contemporary design store, Matter.  Her work was on display at a number of events last week, including the ICFF and Wanted Design.




Shown above in blue and white, is Meg’s ADA Quilt ($600) and just below it, in red,is her Spine Quilt ($600). While inspired by the culture of traditional American quilting, both quilts utilize the modern technology of digital fabric printing and machine stitching to convey a sense of cozy nostalgia with a twist.




New York based designer Doug Johnston’s light sculptures went on display during design week and are still on exhibition and available for purchase at Mondo Cane in NYC through May 31st.




Composed of  white nylon cord interspersed with cotton cord, these variously shaped lights are coiled and sewn with an industrial sewing machine. While the cotton material acts as a block, the nylon material allows for a soft diffusion of light.




Also on display by Doug, were a selection of bags, baskets and sculptural vessels which he refers to as Sash Cord Studies. Made of a 100% cotton braided cord (called sash cord) and colored sewing thread, these vessels are based on an old crafting technique in which rope is coiled and stitched to form 3D objects – the exception here is that these items are sewn on machine.




A selection of Doug’s vessels are available for purchase on his webshop here. Stay tuned for more NYC Design Week coverage in the coming days!

Photos: 1, 2. via Heath Ceramics,  3, 4. via Matter, 5-9. via Doug Johnston


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