Looking back on my first jobs out of college there are things I do and don’t miss about both of them (I only had two jobs before starting D*S). One of the things I miss most about my job in PR was getting to interact with designers from some of the companies the firm represented. Mainly I miss getting to (briefly) chat with people who worked with Vitra and KnollTextiles, two companies that had a seriously impressive, and innovative, rosters of contemporary designers with whom they collaborated. While I didn’t do a lot of work with Maharam, I did meet people there as a result of our work with Knoll and I really miss getting to hear about the collaborations they were doing, because they were particularly exciting. Yesterday I got a press release about their upcoming collaboration with designer Hella Jongerius, someone I’ve looked up to for years*. Hella has really blazed a path for contemporary female designers and I love how she manages to feel so forward-thinking without losing those elements that recall her Dutch design roots. Hella has a new collection called “Borders” with Maharam that explores her continued interest in embroidery. Using traditional Mayan backstrap weaving, this new collection may not seem like something I might initially be wowed by, but upon closer inspection, has such an interesting (slightly random feeling) pattern that I find myself itching to see it used in a large scale project so I can get the full effect. I think the linen/red combo (below) would be especially beautiful on a settee or some sort of sofa with more refined lines that would contrast nicely with the geometric feel in the pattern.
*Out of curiosity, who are the women in design you all look up to? I’ve always been inspired by Hella, Patricia Urqiola, Angela Adams, Dorothy Draper, Donna Hay and Kelly Wearstler for their commitment to quality and their ability to really hone in on a style that’s their own and pursue it fiercely. But I love being introduced to other strong women in the field- do you have any favorites that we/I should know?