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Posts tagged ‘Couverture’

With a clear graphical, fun and interactive approach to design, Paris based Elvire Laurent and Marie-Cerise Lichtle created OMY Design & Play in 2012.

Having both graduated from Arts-Deco Paris, the duo draw on their backgrounds and experience in graphic design and illustration to create a line of creative and intelligent products for children and the home.

Giant colouring maps of Paris, placemats and DIY paper costumes in the signature OMY style provide endless opportunities for experimentation and creativity.  All materials are chosen for their quality and respect for the environment, highlighting the brands underlying ethical message.

OMY Design & Play is new to Couverture for Autumn/Winter 2013

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Last Sunday we transformed the shop into an animal kingdom and hosted our first Puppet Party. We were kept entertained by talented puppeteer Raven Kaliana, and Origami artist Yoshika Kobayashi was on hand for those who wanted to make their own paper animals . We were really impressed by some of the creations – a big thank you to everyone for coming and making it a huge success!

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As autumn is looming and its grey outside, look to designers further afield to brighten up home interiors. Products from Hay, Mae Engelgeer and Mina Perhonen create a contemporary look with natural elements and interesting contrasts of wood, glass and vibrant colour.

The orange top coffee pot by Leeds born designer George Sowden and scented smudge sticks from US brand Juniper Ridge are some of our personal seasonal favourites.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LABEL’S DESIGN IDENTITY?
“Hermès for the tumblr generation”, as quoted by The Fader Magazine. The name Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre is our year of birth: Amélie Charroin, 09/02/1984 and Marie Colin-Madan, 17/09/1984. We share a passion of textiles, pattern making and painting and create collections of printed square scarves, mainly in silk but also in cotton and modal cashmere. Our images are produced mainly by hand, by drawing and painting.

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS?
There is an initial long period of research, to sort through all “the materials” that we constantly garner: everyday life inspirations and the culture that surrounds us (movies, concerts, exhibitions, books, food, everything!) We mainly paint and draw but we also use mixed techniques, combining digital with manual. We have carefully selected our suppliers and we check and personally sew labels on each scarf. We silkscreen the presentation boxes and a “how to wear” card by hand in our studio.

“Mes tableaux sont l’expression la plus franche de moi-même.” “My paintings are the most honest form of self-expression” FRIDA KAHLO.

THE DEFININNG MOMENT THAT PROMPTED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN SCARF LABEL?
Thanks to a Who’s Next blog contest, we won a corner space in the January 2010 Who’s Next tradeshow. That’s when everything came together and it really cemented the beginning of the label – it’s been crazy since then!

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT WORKING WITH YOUR FRIEND?
It’s sooo amazing to share an adventure like this with someone close!

HOW DO YOU SHARE THE WORK? IS IT AN EVENLY SPLIT PARTNERSHIP OR DO EACH OF TAKE ON PARTICULAR RESPONSIBILITIES? DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY?
We work all day long at the studio. We paint, we draw, we sew, we silkscreen, we prepare orders… We do as much as we can by ourselves, working closely, together on the same big desk, focusing sometimes on same things and other times on different ones… We also go around to visit our subcontractors and to search and meet new ones according to the needs of our new projects.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STUDIO SPACE? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT IT?
We share a big studio with cartoonists, architects and booksellers where each team has its own space. There is a great working spirit! We also love the recent addition of a bay window and that we can now admire the beautiful view of the neighbourhood while we work. Read more

The allure of metallics is hard to ignore and this season sees a magpie-like favouring of shimmering tones across our collections. Bronze and brass are ideal to amp up a muted autumn palette with precious pieces from Odette and Aesa inspired by found artefacts. Elsewhere, the Gem dress by Stine Goya lives up to its name with a gleaming ‘Orion’ print flecked all over, while the Gunpowder plissé by Danish brand Hay exhibits an inky gold spray print for an unexpected finish.

HAY A4 Gunpowder Pliss

AESA Rapt Quartz Necklace
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New to Couverture this season, Micaela Greg is the result of a sisterly collaboration between Marie and Karen Potesta.

Operating from the cool shores of San Francisco, the American siblings combine their textile design backgrounds to craft visually bold pieces that fuse modern geometric patterns with intermingling textures. These artful techniques are anchored with deceptively simplistic silhouettes for a boyishly cool aesthetic.

The spring summer collection sees a muted palette of soft mint, blues and greys punctuated with perforations and intriguing textures – perfect pieces for cool summer nights and stretching a warm weather wardrobe into next season.

Above & below – Mesh Plaited Cardigan 

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Kit out your summer wardrobe with superior accessories and be ready for whatever weather the British summer throws your way. Seriously stylish acetate frames from cult designer Thierry Lasry along with lightweight scarves in go-with-anything hues from Ikou Tschüss are your key pieces for tackling the inevitably unpredictable elements.

Above: Perfidy Sunglasses by Thierry Lasry | Folkloristic Silk Scarf by Ikou Tschüss



Bowery Sunglasses by Thierry Lasry | Rolling John Silk Scarf by Ikou Tschüss



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Last Thursday Couverture opened its doors to Spring and filled the store with wonderful arrangements by Scarlet & Violet.

To coincide with this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and in celebration of the centenary year, we hosted an in store Pop-Up Shop and held personal floral master classes by founder Vic Brotherson. The store was in bloom with Foxgloves, Peonies and roses galore and tasty sweet & savoury treats were had a plenty!

Signed copies of Brotherson’s book Vintage Flowers and bespoke vases by renowned London Ceramicist Jacqui Roche were also available to buy.

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