As the “makers” movement spreads, not only are neighborhoods and jobs created, but traditional crafts are being revitalized. I’m really excited about this. Working on high-end interiors has allowed me to source and design hand-made items, things which you cannot find anywhere else, providing one-of-a-kind exclusivity to the projects I work on. This is a huge source of enjoyment and fun as I get to know the crafts people, and gain knowledge on how things are made. The makers movement has democratized this process, bringing unique and affordable pieces into the homes of design conscious individuals. I think the shift is great, as we all deserve to live with things made by individuals with care and love.
I am working on a project where I have been sourcing unique textiles for my client, who lived and traveled in Japan. She loves the Japanese aesthetic, especially a blue & white color palette. In my endeavor to outfit her office, I came across Ricketts Indigo, a husband wife team that cultivates indigo on their Indian farm in order to produce the dye for their crafts. The process is labor intensive, resulting in both woven and dyed textiles which are imbued with value and meaning. The textiles have subtle color and pattern variation, showing the effect of both hand and the nature of hand-dying. Understated yet beautiful. I think these are beautiful. I hope you enjoy these as well.
David Bjørngaard, March 2015