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Curry & Soot

I love the color combination we just printed for a client -- turmeric laced curry and sooty gray.  This yardage is on its way to becoming a set of pendant lampshades, built by our friend Dawn at LiT.  I think they are destined for a dining room.

I think the texture of this linen is quite beautiful.  I can imagine lots of home dec applications for it, not just lighting -- upholstery, pillows and bedding, or curtains. 

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piano nobile fabric at michael tavano in nyc

We were THRILLED to see one of our new prints for O Ecotextiles in the front window at Michael Tavano, a brilliantly hued design haven inside New York City's renowned Design Center (ours is the one in the center).  From the lime green floor to the vibrant yellow upholstery, this showroom does not shy away from color!  Of course, we felt right at home!

The incredible fabric is a bamboo and cotton velvet woven in a Victorian-era English mill using GOTTS certified manufacturing process, which insures impeccable factory standards, from clean air to clean water.  We feel thoroughly spoiled to have this luxurious fabric grace our studio!   When it arrives at Piano Nobile, we hand print it with non-toxic, PVC-free inks mixed in small batches of custom colors.  Our printing process is low-impact by its very nature of being made by hand, so the finished product is not only beautiful, but environmentally conscious as well. 

You can read more about Northern Lights bamboo/cotton velvet on the O Ecotextiles website.

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Semaphore Prints, Soon to be shades

Here's a quick shot of some swatches I printed on Tuesday.  These gridded prints will soon become shades for our new Semaphore lamps.  Our friend Dawn (the bright light behind Lit) is working with us to create some simple, elegant shades in linen, silk, and cotton.  These soft gray-greeney colors will just be for the Semaphore collection -- we are working on some super bright summery colors, too! 

A bit of info about the grid print.  It is inspired by the series of prints my brother Ben made a few years ago.  I think the summer colors will more closely match his incredibly beautiful, pristene prints on paper, which range from coral red to intense saffron.

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Piano Nobile in The Seattle Times Today

This little blurb follows an article in the Retail Report of the Business section about a local stationery printer that focuses on "feel-good cards, books, and journals".  Read it online.

And in case you missed it, here's a link to Ali Brownrigg's lovely article about Piano Nobile on her nwsource.com shopping blog, called Minding the Store. 

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Introducing the Positivity Project

Danielle shared an idea with me, inspired by the sometimes scary, sometimes exhilarating times we live in:

“Let’s collaborate on a project that uses the plus sign as a symbol for positive thinking. You know, like ‘Yes We Can’! I want people to wear our pieces to help keep hopes up, even though things are kind of crazy right now. And I want them to share those high hopes with their community. And I want us to be a good example by donating to a good cause.”(I’m paraphrasing for brevity)

So we got to work, drawing and printing and tinkering until we made this new collection called the Positivity Project. Danielle created a group of lightly textured coin-sized medallions in sterling silver, punctuated by plus signs. These jangling baubles appear on a necklace and charm bracelet. The collection’s three rings cleverly display a plus sign on the base of the band, like a smiling secret.

I improvised a suite of individually hand-printed tote bags and organic cotton t-shirts. Printed over a grid of tiny, hand-drawn polka dots, the translucent plus signs move into formations that never quite repeat.

Our definition of positivity is printed inside of each shirt and bag; it is a three-part statement of community spirit:

1. the quality of being encouraging

2. an amount greater than zero

3. the state of being positive

My favorite part of developing this project was the discovery of Nest, a fantastic non-profit organization that supports women artists and artisans in developing nations as they launch their own craft-based businesses. Nest offers micro-loans and other business opportunities as a way to promote self-sufficient local economies and empower small business owners. Danielle and I were so excited to learn about this innovative service directed at artists across the globe. We are happy to announce that 5% of the retail price of each piece in the Positivity Project will be donated to Nest. Please visit Nest’s website to learn more!

It all started with the Bau Ring, one of our favorite pieces Danielle designed in 2008, and now it has grown to a whole collection that we are very pleased to share with you. Enjoy!