Staff -- Interior Design, 7/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
Christopher Farr: Verner Panton's Square Rug is one of five patterns from his first collection called Dècor I for MIRA-X in 1969. Since 1973, these patterns were available on various types of carpets. However, this particular design was only produced as a small rya-type of rug. Christopher Farr, 212 Westbourne Grove, London, England W11 2RH. www.cfarr.co.uk.
Ann Sacks: Gotham is the new tile collection from this West Coast company. Ann Sacks, 8120 NE 33rd Drive, Portland OR 97211.
Bisazza: Petrae is one of the company's two new slab products. Growing its line of terrazzo-style tiles, Petrae is offered in 10 colors and can be applied as a veneer on furniture. Bisazza, 12 West 23rd Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010. www.bisazzausa.com.
Invision: Mesh is a small-scale rectangular texture with 144 colors to choose from. Invision, P.O. Box 1067, Dalton, GA 30722. www.invisioncarpet.com.
J&J Commercial: Form combines barber pole and solid yarns to create an irregular checked pattern, while Function is a small-scale diamond pattern. J&J Commercial, Invision, 816 J&J Drive, Dalton, GA 30722.
New Moon: Designed by John Kurtz, Relique Khotan is shown here in a natural color. New Moon, 1701 North Lincoln Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. www.newmooncarpets.com.
Milliken Hospitality: Designed by Bill King, Recoil, part of the Monarch collection, features gas gold pinwheels that create a two-color stenciled effect. Milliken Hospitality, 201 Lukken Industrial Drive West, LaGrange, GA 30240. www.hospitality-imagenet.com.
Dune has expanded their collection to include a new series of contemporary rugs. World traveler Harry Allen is responsible for two of the new pieces, including Map, a unique perspective on Salzburg, Austria, and Shadow, a photographic study of a tree throughout the seasons. Richard Shemtov's Hi-Rise, reminiscent of International Style architecture, was custom dyed to match Pantone pinks and purples. Finally, Jens Denecke's Waves is based on a watercolor study of leaves the designer saw while at an ashram in the Catskills. Dune, 88 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013. www.dune-ny.com.
Walk on Beauty
Vicente Wolf has teamed up with James Tufenkian to create a line of rugs for the company's Designer's Reserve series. Shown here, Ven Tides is inspired by the beachfront, which the designer underscores with a subtle, seascape-like palette. Dragnet, shown in Reed, continues the seaside theme, using a fisherman's net rendered in a soothing color palette. Crack Up, reminiscent of an aging masterpiece whose oils are slowly separating, is shown in Old Gold. Finally, Streets of Paris, shown in lavender, was inspired by a small corner of a Degas painting, which the designer enlarged to create an abstract design. Tufenkian, 902 Broadway, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10010. www.tufenkiancarpets.com.
InnerAsia is recognized as one of the most important companies in revitalizing the Tibetan rug weaving tradition. The Gangchen and Art & Architecture collections are crafted with the same standards that met the demands of the Tibetan aristocracy. Shown here is a Classic Tibetan Floral in red and Swirling Clouds, both from the Gangchen series, and, on the contemporary front, New York architect Peter Gluck launched the Art & Architecture series, which includes Skew. InnerAsia, 236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. www.inner-asiarugs.com.
Fort Street Studio's latest collection, designed by Brad Davis and Janis Provisor, is made with Dandong silk, a plush, durable, and suede-like yarn. Included in the collection are the four carpets shown here—Bracket, Ribbon, Sidebar, and Petal. Available through Limn Gallery, www.limn.com.
British designer Kate Blee's latest collection, Flood, is made up of five large, room-sized rugs using plain fields of color to represent a simple design sensibility. Influenced by a trip to a family home in the south of France a few weeks after the area had been hit by floods, Blee is true to her natural surroundings. Chalk symbolizes the swirl and energy of turbulent water; Brush represents a tangle of broken branches woven by the force of water into nests. All five rugs are hand-knotted rug in limited editions of 15. Not shown, Draw and Etch. Available through Pucci, 44 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011.
Gregg Lempp, a partner in Martin Patrick Evan, traveled to Tunisia and brought back photos of designs he had seen in ancient Roman ruins. The company's latest collection, inspired by these images, was a collaboration between Lempp and colleagues John Dolan and Keith Martin Moore as well as artist Patti Abrahams Tobe. The carpets are 100 percent wool and fabricated using strias (multiple colors used to create a single overall color tone). All are available in various shapes, sizes, and custom colors. Martin Patrick Evan, 331 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022.
We can't get enough of Christine Van Der Hurd's new hand-knotted area rugs for 2001. Inspired by Op artist Vasarely as well as the work of Bridget Riley and Joseph Albers, this is Van Der Hurd's second complete collection of hand-knotted rugs woven in the Tibetan tradition. Called the Shadows collection, the series includes Lozenge (solid silk spots set in connecting lines), Wave Twist (waves snake through this rug), Harlequin (based on a classic diamond pattern), and a line of solids. Available through Cappellini Modern Age, 102 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012.
Well-known San Francisco-based artist Rex Ray has created an extensive oeuvre in a wide variety of art forms since launching his career two decades ago. New to Elson & Company's rug collection are his pieces, including Beacon, Four Seasons, and Twenty Three. Ray's visual art—painting, collage, print works, and photography—has been exhibited in numerous one-person exhibitions and museum shows. He is also an award-winning graphic artist, producing cutting-edge designs for books, magazines, businesses, greeting cards, posters, and CD packages.
Also shown here is one of the long-awaited rugs from former Harper's Bazaar art director Fabien Baron, called 03 Faded. Baron debuted his furniture and rug collection at the Milan Furniture Fair and the rugs will be distributed through Cappellini. Elson & Company, 3723 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118. www.elsoncompany.com.
New Rug Stories
Lori Weitzner wavers her mythical, magical wand in her second collection for Endless Knot Rug Company. Following the success of last year's hand-knotted silk and wool rug collection, Myth and Magic II brings an even deeper sense of mystique, inspired by the ancient lore and myth of diverse cultures throughout the world. Shown here is Cocha in a sage color, named for the Incan goddess of wind. The simple silk motifs in this design represent flowers scattered by the rush of the wind.
Tremolo, shown here in a carbon colorway, is new from The Endless Knot Sonata Collection designed by Leslee Fiorella. A blend of Tibetan and New Zealand highland wool is first carded, spun, and dyed by hand. The wool is then hand-knotted into a 60-knot construction, in the century old Tibetan senna loop style. Similar in production is Innocenti, shown here in a hickory color and designed by Lorna Brown for the Endless Knot Rug Company's Contemporary Collection. It too is woven from a blend of Tibetan and New Zealand highland wool, and fabricated in the same traditional Tibetan manner.
Finally, Ashi in a slate color is also from the Contemporary Collection. A sense of Eastern influence with new vibrant colors of hand-spun wool enliven a solid slate field, creating a feeling of vibrancy on a textural, yet calming ground. All rugs are offered in custom colors and sizes. The Endless Knot Rug Company, 105 H Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.
The Compass collection, new rugs by Vicki Simon, includes Bamboo and Rings, Asian-influenced patterns with hand-tufted borders. In Bamboo, sticks are depicted by hand-drawn lines that resemble Chinese characters, while Rings is made of circular shapes formed end-to-end with a freehand silk loop pile line creating contrasting images and sheens. Vicki Simon, 442 Post Street, Suite 302, San Francisco, CA 94102. www.rugsbyvickisimon.com.
Following the launch of rug collections by American designers Dakota Jackson and Adam Tihany, M&M Design International introduced Sara Schneidman's handmade, 100 percent New Zealand wool rugs. All of the designs and colors are taken from original paintings by Schneidman, who has lived in Asia and Europe, immersed in cultures rich in colors, pattern, and symbolism. Of late, you can find Schneidman and her family living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she continues to work. M&M Design International, 443 Park Avenue South, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10016.
Launched in early 2001, Tandus Group represents the union of C&A Floorcoverings, Crossley Carpet Mills, and Monterey Carpets. The product line will include modular carpet tile, woven carpets, six-foot roll goods, and broadloom carpeting. Customers will be able to access the collective expertise of all three companies for customization and service options. Shown here are just a few of the products that are available—Arras, Marche, and Impulse from Monterey, and a cross-coordinated commercial floorcoverings collection from both C&A and Monterey. Tandus Group, 311 Smith Industrial Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30721. www.tandus.com.
As tile from Spain continues to pour into the U.S. market, architects and designers are becoming more aware of its diverse and practical uses. Shown left, for example, are stones in glazed porcelain including (counter-clockwise from bottom right) Alcatagres' Farelo; Peñarroya's Trieste Beige; Colorker's Tebas Marfil; Tena's Partenón Centro Greco; Tau's Lazio Marfil; and Cerypsa's Rodano. Below are (counter-clockwise from bottom right) Azuvi's Terol; Tau's Toscano Beige Taco Geometrico; Cerypsa's Listelos Rodano; Tau's Toscano Beige (available in 8 in. by 8 in. or 12 in. by 12 in.); Colorker's Cadiz Bone; and Cerypsa's Cazorla. Tile of Spain, www.tilespain.com.
Born in 1873, Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom initially wanted to illustrate books, but she soon gained recognition as an artist when she created a series of works that were exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. She was then asked to design the rugs used in the Nobel Prize ceremonies. Ten years later, Maas-Fjetterstrom set up her own workshop with a few hand-loom weavers and created more than 600 designs, sketches, and woven patterns throughout the entire 22 years she ran the studio. F.J. Hakimian is now showing some of these designs, including a 1936 wool flatweave with a cotton foundation simply titled #02674. Also shown here is a 1967 Swedish flatweave by LeKattgarden signed LK 67. F.J. Hakimian, 136 East 57th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10022.
Liora Mann designs her rugs with layers of translucent felt that are interlocked with barbed needles. Colors come together producing a painterly effect. She coined the word Lamontage to describe the combination of lamina for layering and montage for image. Handmade in New York, the rugs shown here are Stitched Squares and Arabesque. Lamontage by Liora Manné, 210 Eleventh Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10001.
Blue Ridge unveils the Foundation collection from interior designer Barbara Barry. Each pattern features subtle variations in scale, color, and texture and is crafted from DuPont Antron Legacy nylon. The Americana series was inspired by the spirit and imagination of our nation's heartland.
Town Square is a geometric grid design on a duotone background while Parade is a rich field of colors in an intricate pattern. Both are crafted from SEP solution-dyed nylon in a tufted loop. Blue Ridge, P.O. Box 507, Ellijay, GA 30540. www.blueridgecarpet.com.
Monterey's Taos combines a mostly loop construction with a tracery fine-line cut end. The grid pattern is made from 100 percent DuPont Antron Legacy nylon using Monterey's weaving technology. The Pop collection, available in 12 patterns and 12 colors, combines high performance with unlimited design flexibility and is woven of 100 percent Dupont Antron Lumena nylon. Also added to the company's woven collection are Carra, a mid-scale cut-and-loop that combines three colors to form a distinctive block pattern, and Pella, a tight geometric design that features a tip-sheared, multi-level loop pile surface. Both are available in 13 colors and are made with DuPont Antron Legacy nylon. Monterey, 3030 South Susan Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704.