Sunday, June 15, 2014

ATELIER COURBET: New Designs in Textiles by ANNA KARLIN

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

On May 18th, Interior Design Magazine, which had done a cover on Anna Karlin stools, arranged for a presentation of Anna's new designs in fabrics, being executed by the prestigious Hosoo of Kyoto, and what better place to do it in, than at that den of luxury, Atelier Courbet, which carries other lines of the Hosoo output among its treasures.

Anna Karlin stools

Designer Anna Karlin

Masataka Hosoo

Founder of Atelier Courbet Melanie Courbet, Annie Block,
Deputy Editor of  Interior Design Magazine, Anna, and Masataka

Annie shows stools designed by Anna on the magazine cover

The Hosoo fabrics collection pushes the boundaries of traditional weaving techniques to create intriguing, sophisticated and aspirational fabrics for interiors and fashion. The designs are international in look and style and offer a rich color scheme, ranging from dual-tone to multi-tone and from subtle to expressive. The fabrics draw their inspiration from the structures and patterns of nature, adding new dimensions of beauty and life.

The covering of the stool at right, was designed by Danish Design Studio OeO and was nominated for the
Danish Design Award 2012. All fabrics shown here are manufactured at Hosoo’s Kyoto facility and workshop.

For refreshments, Murakamijyuhonten served regular and red Japanese ginger
on beautifully designed paper card trays by Sinichiro Ogata

Kanaami-Tsuji artisan demonstrates wire weaving

Atelier Courbet represents some of Japan’s most respected craftsmen. Courbet has gained the trust of selected masters in Kyoto who are keen to bridge their expertise and heritage to contemporary design and creative collaborations. The New York showroom stages their work through curated exhibitions as well as engaging and performing events hosted by the craftsmen themselves.

Set inside the Brewster Carriage House, a landmarked building located on Broome Street where SoHo intersects NoLita, Atelier Courbet purveys the world’s heritage of centuries-old techniques and exceptional detailing combined with contemporary design.

Founder Melanie Courbet scours the globe for exquisite objects, furniture pieces, textiles, and home accessories. Crafted in workshops established as far back as the 15th century, the curated selection encompasses one of a kind or limited edition pieces that marry traditional techniques with contemporary design.

Atelier Courbet introduces in New York, Paris’ revered master craftsmen: Domeau & Peres, The Cristallerie Royale de Saint-Louis, the oldest glassmaker in Europe as well as museum-quality silver by Puiforcat, widely recognized for his influence and contribution to the Art Deco movement.

Yeesan Loh with Riccardo Cavaciocchi

Bicycle frame and seat encased in stitched yellow leather

Just a week before on May 11th, I was invited by Atelier Courbet to cover a presentation on the very sculptural house appointments of artist/designer Aldo Bakker. Click on his name to go to the article.

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