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  • Nanimarquina marks 30 years with new collections!

    Nanimarquina is marking thirty years of creating unique carpets and they are releasing several new rug collections to celebrate. Driven by a singular desire, Nani established Nanimarquina in 1987 with a clear goal: to design unique and surprising handcrafted rugs for people to enjoy. The idea of blending contemporary design to traditional rugs was well received and soon Nanimarquina embarked on the adventure of outsourcing production to those countries that offered cultural value and unlimited possibilities for rug craftsmanship.

    The perfect gift for a 30-year milestone, the Nanimarquina Hayon x Nani is a dreamy, wild collection with a great sense of humour. Created with the hand tufting technique, a manually operated pistol injects pieces of wool, intuitive and fluid lines are achieved, as well as an organic composition. The definitive and faithful reproduction of the original sketch by the designer. A first glance reveals a chaotic tangle of colors and shapes that invade the rug. However, after looking carefully, the imagination of Jaime Hayón springs to life: turtles, lips, hands, stools, fish, half men – half birds. The perfect gift for a 30-year milestone, the Nanimarquina Hayon x Nani is a dreamy, wild collection with a great sense of humor. A first glance reveals a chaotic tangle of colors and shapes that invade the rug. However, after looking carefully, the imagination of Jaime Hayón springs to life: turtles, lips, hands, stools, fish, half men – half birds.

    Created with the hand tufting technique, a manually operated pistol injects pieces of wool, intuitive and fluid lines are achieved, as well as an organic composition. The definitive and faithful reproduction of the original sketch by the designer. Created using the hand tufting technique, the definitive and faithful reproduction of the original sketch by the designer is achieved. 100% New Zealand wool, many size options available.

     

    Nanimarquina is a family-owned company, and a pioneer in the field of contemporary rug design. They are always searching for innovation, handcrafted techniques, and new materials. They are invested in conveying the essence of their brand, highlighting their values to produce quality rugs that blend traditional techniques and modern design.

    Designer Begüm Cana Özgür emphasizes: "this is a handmade flat-weave rug that generates an incredible and well-rounded diffusion of color. The surface releases a sense of tranquillity and well-being that is balanced by the penetrating vibration of colors." When creating the Shade Collection, designer Begüm Cana Özgür emphasized: "this is a handmade flat-weave rug that generates an incredible and well-rounded diffusion of color. The surface releases a sense of tranquillity and well-being that is balanced by the penetrating vibration of colors." Shade is available in three ombré palettes: from turquoise to eggplant, russet to Klein blue, and raspberry to forest green.

     

    Working with local and international designers Nanimarquina ensures a diversity of themes and experimentation with various textures, materials and shapes. The result: one-of-a-kind Nanimarquina rugs for each customer. A rug for each individual space and emotion.

    Inspired by stems from a feather, drawn by hand, each design is organic and subtle. As with all nanimarquina rugs, the Quill Collection is handmade resulting in each piece being unique and different like nature itself. Quill expresses the understanding of the beauty that lies in the modest, rustic and imperfect. What the Japanese refer to as wabi sabi, a philosophy that is apparent throughout Tamura’s work. Available in three sizes and a pastel palette including: ivory, pale olive, and stone green, the Quill rugs are beautiful alone and can also be placed together to form inspiring combinations. “Like Nature where no two shapes are alike, each Quill rug has its own expression like a living creature.” - Nao Tamura Inspired by feathers, the Quill Collection is drawn by hand, each design is organic and subtle. Quill expresses the understanding of the beauty that lies in the modest, rustic and imperfect. “Like Nature where no two shapes are alike, each Quill rug has its own expression, like a living creature.” - designer Nao Tamura.

    Available in three sizes and a pastel palette including: ivory, pale olive, and stone green, the Quill rugs are beautiful alone and can also be placed together to form inspiring combinations. Available in three sizes and a pastel palette including: ivory, pale olive, and stone green, the Quill rugs are beautiful alone and can also be placed together to form inspiring combinations.

     

    Global thinking. This is one of Nanimarquina’s values — being aware of others and trying to do their bit to improve the lives of people who live in the areas where the rugs are produced. Nanimarquina relocated all their production to these areas of the world allowing them to boost local economies in these countries and offer new opportunities and improved living standards for the local people.

    A slim, hand-woven Kilim, Blend rug applies the basic rules of color theory, with three available models in which hue, luminosity, and saturation vary. A slim, hand-woven Kilim, the Blend Rug Collection applies the basic rules of color theory, with three available models in which hue, luminosity, and saturation vary. This original rug from Pakistan will delight those passionate about color. Made of 100% Hand Spun Afghan Wool.

    An artisanal flat-weave made in India, the Mía rug is a Dhurrie created by joining three pieces, individually dyed, to obtain a worn, lived-in effect. Made of 100% New Zealand Wool. An artisanal flat-weave, made in India, the Mía Rug Collection is a Dhurrie created by joining three pieces, individually dyed, to obtain a worn, lived-in effect. Made of 100% New Zealand Wool and available in four color options.

     

    Caring for the environment is a key preoccupation at Nanimarquina. Under the international premise of “reuse, reduce, recycle”, they pay the utmost attention in caring for and preserving the environment that surrounds them. Using biodegradable and recycled products, experimenting with different types of textures and fibers and using traditional production techniques all contribute towards preserving natural resources for the use and enjoyment of future generations.

    The Nanimarquina Tres Collection reflects nanimarquina’s passion for craftsmanship, specifically paying tribute to the ancient craft of weaving. With this collection, the desire is to reclaim the basics, to appreciate the beauty in details and respect tradition. Tres is a traditional Indian flat-weave Dhurrie rug. Its unique quality lies in the production of three independent parts in which different fibres predominate. The Tres Collection reflects Nanimarquina’s passion for craftsmanship, specifically paying tribute to the ancient craft of weaving. Tres is a traditional Indian flat-weave Dhurrie rug. Its unique quality lies in the production of three independent parts in which different fibers predominate.

    Neri & Hu takes inspiration from the tile patterns of Shanghai streets, a place where life literally happens. The name of the collection corresponds to Jie, the Chinese character that embodies the essence of a city: the constant movement, dynamism and frenetic activity. “The character “Jie” is made up of a radical and a phonetic character. The ancient ideograms of the Chinese Jie character depicts on one side the street as an intersection, evoking “life” at the crossroads, while the center portion of the character is made up of two “earth” characters whose ideogram shows a clay on potter’s wheel... a connection to the ceramic colors used by Neri&Hu in the series.”, according to Neri & Hu. The result is an eclectic hand-tufted rug presenting different pile heights and finishes, made of 100% New wool. The Jie Collection was designed by Neri & Hu, who take inspiration from the tile patterns of Shanghai streets, a place where life literally happens. The name of the collection corresponds to Jie, the Chinese character that embodies the essence of a city: the constant movement, dynamism and frenetic activity. The result is an eclectic hand-tufted rug presenting different pile heights and finishes.

     

    Why do you need a rug? Because “a carpet is the soul of the apartment” says Edgar A. Poe.

    Rugs define spaces, frame ambiences and establish interfaces while conveying a sensation of warmth that creates a welcoming work or home environment. Beyond the impression created by their beauty, colors, textures and design, rugs also affect mood. Architects and interior designers consider rugs an essential part of a room’s decoration. Rugs and ceramics have been a companion for human beings from prehistory to today. A rug is a house in the desert.

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  • Mater, Danish ethical design and expert craftmanship

    Creating classic, timeless and ethical designs is at the heart of the Danish design company Mater. They take pride in a long-standing dedication to high quality materials, simple style and a color scheme of calm, organic muted tones. Mater is 20% off until March 21st.

    The Mater Bowl Table reconciles Indian craftsmanship with the simplicity of Scandinavian design. The Bowl Table's top is made from the wood of the mango fruit tree, harvested once the productive life of the tree is over. The wood top is turned manually on the lathe, showcasing the skill of the “kharaadi”, the local Indian wood turning community. The finishing is done with lead free water-based PU lacquers, thereby respecting the local environment. The Mater Bowl Table reconciles Indian craftsmanship with the simplicity of Scandinavian design. The Bowl Table's top is made from the wood of the mango fruit tree, harvested once the productive life of the tree is over. The wood top is turned manually on the lathe, showcasing the skill of the “kharaadi”, the local Indian wood turning community. The finishing is done with lead free water-based PU lacquers, thereby respecting the local environment.

     

    Mater means "mother" in Latin. It is Mater's daily reminder of their contribution to help with the challenges mother earth faces. Design influences how we as humans live our lives; it shapes values, culture and society. Unfortunately, the choices made during the design process often have environmental consequences. However, as a manufacturer, Mater has the opportunity to rethink dubious practices and create ethical and sustainable design that minimizes adverse social and environmental impacts.

    The Mater Shell Collection of lounge, dining and bar stools have leather stitched seats, inspired by traditional craft practices in North India, particularly saddle making. The swivel seat makes the Mater Bar Stool suitable for various spaces in both residential and commercial settings. The Mater Shell Collection of lounge, dining and bar stools have leather stitched seats, inspired by traditional craft practices in North India, particularly saddle making. The swivel seat makes the Mater Bar Stool suitable for various spaces in both residential and commercial settings.

    The Mater Shell Lounge Chair has a contemporary and elegant silhouette defined by the sculptural wooden frame and a “floating seat” that creates an interaction of stability and dynamism. It has three wood frame options and a highly curated fabric and leather upholstery selection. The Mater Shell Lounge Chair has a contemporary and elegant silhouette defined by the sculptural wooden frame and a “floating seat” that creates an interaction of stability and dynamism. It has three wood frame options and a highly curated fabric and leather upholstery selection.

     

    Ethics plays a large part in the Mater company ethos. They care about using resources responsibly in their designs and they try hard to implement and motivate sustainable business principles within the production chain. They are aware of the associated environmental, ethical and social consequences of production of design objects. They want to inspire consumer behavior and engage people in sustainable thinking, helping making design matter and reducing their overall footprint.

     

    The Mater J80 Chair was designed by Jørgen Bækmark in the 1950s. The combination of the wooden frame and the woven paper cord seat provides a unique seat that molds to your body. The Mater J80 Chair was designed by Jørgen Bækmark in the 1950s. The combination of the wooden frame and the woven paper cord seat provides a unique seat that molds to your body.

    The Mater J80 Chair is available in a great collection of frame and seat options. Combine them to create a fun but classic look that will age with grace. The Mater J80 Chair is available in a great collection of frame and seat options. Combine them to create a fun but classic look that will age with grace.

    In Finnish Terho means acorn and the name refer to the natural and sympathetic shapes of acorns found in nature. The special color of alder wood and the opal made of white mouth blown glass is a unique combination of glass and wood only seen in lamps designs on rare occasions. The Terho lamps can be used individually or as a combination of different sizes in a small group. In Finnish Terho means acorn and the name refer to the natural and sympathetic shapes of acorns found in nature. The Mater Terho Pendant Lamp is made of alder wood combined with white blown glass. The wood is sourced from responsible European forestry (FSC), treated with natural wax, and the glass is mouth-blown in the Czech Republic. The Terho lamps can be used individually or as a combination of different sizes in a small group.

    The Mater Liuku Collection of pendant lamps is a contemporary pendant lamp designed by Finnish designer Maija Puoskari. Liuku is consisting of a coloured mouth-blown glass shade nestling over an FSC-certified alder wood base in two different shapes, with long-life LED built in. Liuku’s shade is available with clear glass or in two beautiful tones of smoke or gradient violet. Additionally, the wooden base can be used on it’s own as a single pendant, or to create a rows and clusters for both residential. The Mater Liuku Collection of pendant lamps, designed by Finnish designer Maija Puoskari, consist of a colored mouth-blown glass shade nestling over an FSC-certified alder wood base in two different shapes. Liuku’s shade is available with clear glass or in two beautiful tones of smoke or gradient violet.

    The Mater Trumpet Coat Stand, designed by the Danish architect duo Space Copenhagen, has nine discs in three different sizes that are positioned at angles suitable for hanging hats, scarves and umbrellas. Available in black or aluminum finish, made of recycled aluminum. The Mater Trumpet Coat Stand, designed by the Danish architect duo Space Copenhagen, has nine discs in three different sizes that are positioned at angles suitable for hanging hats, scarves and umbrellas. Available in black or aluminum finish, made of recycled aluminum.

     

    The Mater Collection is an ongoing interplay of exquisite design talent, shared wisdom from craftsmen and master artisans, sustainable techniques, premium materials and reflective insights.

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  • The Menu Nepal Projects - Making Design Matter

    Supporting Nepal - Menu, a Danish design company, has launched a new initiative, Nepal Projects. Developed in collaboration with the aid organization Danida, Nepal Projects provides much-needed fair employment and future opportunities in one of the world's poorest countries by combining traditional fabric working skills with a contemporary Scandinavian design aesthetic.

     

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    Video: Watch Bjarne Hansen, founder of Menu, talk about the Nepal Projects, a project to bring sustainable development to Nepalese craftspeople.

    Menu Afteroom Teddy - Teddy is the mascot of the Menu Nepal Project, it can be a home ornament as well as one’s beloved comfort object.

     

    The pure shape and material of the Menu Afteroom Teddy gives lots of room for active imaginations, helping bring peaceful, cozy moods to your home life. 100% wool in six color options. The pure shape and material of the Menu Afteroom Teddy gives lots of room for active imaginations, helping bring peaceful, cozy moods to your home life. 100% wool in six color options.

     

    Better Opportunities - "Nepal Projects grew from our desire to use Menu as a platform for making a positive difference. Many young Nepali women from poor families risk being lured into prostitution. Through education of children and employment of young women we offer a sound and viable alternative. The Nepal Projects is our way to celebrate great craftsmanship, while helping vulnerable workers secure a better future for themselves and their families." - Bjarne Hansen, owner & founder, Menu A/S

     

    The Menu Printed Cashmere Scarf has a geometric pattern that is hand-printed on a super-soft, fine-gauge cashmere-wool blend, available in light grey and light blue tones. The Menu Printed Cashmere Scarf has a geometric pattern that is hand-printed on a super-soft, fine-gauge cashmere-wool blend, available in light grey and light blue tones.

     

    Local & Sustainable - Production takes place in the Kathmandu area, where Menu employs hundreds of weavers, tailors and other local craftspeople. Himalayan cashmere, merino wool, leather, and cotton of the finest quality are the main ingredients in the collection. Bridging traditions of East and West, the carefully crafted items are finished in muted grey, blue, green and red tones to suit a minimalist Scandinavian home decoration style.

     

    The Menu Modern Houses are small architectural boxes for storing the best things in your life. A series of three or four nesting storage boxes, made in recognizable house shapes, in traditional or modern styles, are available in greys, reds, or greens. Collect them all. The Menu Modern Houses are small architectural boxes for storing the best things in your life. A series of three or four nesting storage boxes, made in recognizable house shapes, in traditional or modern styles, are available in greys, reds, or greens. Collect them all.

     

    Menu Color Pillow: Experience true cosiness with these lovely cashmere and merino wool pillows. Beautiful, fluffy, hand-made pillows with a different color on each side. 3 color combinations available. Menu Color Pillow: Experience true cosiness with these lovely cashmere and merino wool pillows. Beautiful, fluffy, hand-made pillows with a different color on each side. 3 color combinations available.

     

    Menu Square Bedspread: Sense the craftsmanship of this bed cover, a perfect mix of tactility and beauty. Four subtle color squares of the finest, softest 100% Merino wool. Menu Square Bedspread: Sense the craftsmanship of this bed cover, a perfect mix of tactility and beauty. Four subtle color squares of the finest, softest 100% Merino wool.

     

    Menu Knot Bag: A sturdy cotton storage bag. Slide one handle through the other and hang on a chair, knob, or hook. Bag is reversible, letting you show off it's light or dark side. Menu Knot Bag: A sturdy cotton storage bag. Slide one handle through the other and hang on a chair, knob, or hook. Bag is reversible, letting you show off it's light or dark side.

     

    Exquisite Design - The results of the Nepal Project adds to the extensive Menu collection of home accessories and other design products. Menu wants to make the world better, less complicated, a little bit nicer to wake up to. Collaborating with super-talented designers, they make objects to be treasured now...and forever.

     

    Menu Square Throw: Designed in different tones of grey, the way you fold the throw Menu Square Throw: Designed in different tones of grey, the way you fold the throw decides which tone is exposed. Four subtle color squares in luxurious 100% Merino wool.

     

    Menu Cotton Bag: 'Stand up bag' for smart storage and swift transportation. Use as a flexible hamper or laundry basket. Menu Cotton Bag: 'Stand up bag' for smart storage and swift transportation. Use as a flexible hamper or laundry basket.

     

    Menu works with some of the most exciting and driven creative individuals from the worlds of architecture and design to produce high quality products with a crisp Scandinavian look. They make beautiful objects for everyday use, whether that's an indispensable item of kitchen equipment, a clever floating shelf, or a beautiful vase that adds the finishing touch to your living space.

    Always be sure you are buying original and authentic products. Look for the logo and ask questions of the seller. Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation.

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