France, Italy, Portugal… Sébastien Courty grew up between those countries. Then, after beginning his university studies in art and design at Les Beaux-Arts de Paris, he ultimately earned a degree in textile and surface design from FIT in New York. It’s this global sensibility that has informed his new Totem wall hangings. “I hope they open people to a different way of thinking,” he says referring to the collection’s 18 styles with such names as Morocco, Afghanistan, and Palestine. Each is handwoven by Courty of elements sourced from the particular nation. For example, the red-and-white China incorporates jade beads, calligraphy brushes, and freshwater pearls. Courty can also be commissioned for any country not in the collection.