Made are working with some great furniture designers at the moment and creating good quality, timeless designs at a fair price. This is the kind of democratic design that I wish many companies concentrated on, so it’s a pleasant surprise to find it coming from an online-only retailer.
This format makes sense, as Made is part of the new breed of web-based furniture retailers who sell products directly from the makers, meaning that without warehouses or physical stores, they can offer huge savings compared to similar high street brands. Once a week, Made combine all the orders that they have received for a piece and put them into production. By manufacturing exactly what’s been ordered, there is no wastage at all and that saving can be passed onto their customers. This means they can offer good quality, well made furniture at a very reasonable price.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites from Made above and I am particularly impressed with the oak and paper cord Valder chairs as they have a very simple, honest style, the scissor lights and the flat woven Hex rug, made of 100% New Zealand wool. All of these classic styles would fit happily in my home.
1. Oak Valder chairs
2. Ash Cornell desk
3. Oak Jenson sideboard, designed by Tim Fenby
4. Stainless steel Frosini scissor lamp
5. Jonah three-seater sofa, designed by James Harrison
6. Ash Dorso stacking stools, designed by James Uren
7. Oak Darcy shelves, designed by Steuart Padwick
8. Wool Hex rug, designed by Jean-Pierre Brown
Made currently have their summer sale on until the 28th of July.
These pictures are from a sale of 20th Century Carpets held by Wright auction house in New York last week. The sale was curated by Nader Bolour and featured a beautiful collection of rugs by modern weavers such as Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Barbro Nilsson, Marianne Richter and Ivan de Silva Bruhns, as well as boldly patterned Moroccan carpets and other rugs from around the world. The exhibition catalogue is a treat and I couldn’t resist posting a few pictures on here.
Wright host excellent art & design auctions throughout the year and they have their annual Mass Modern sale coming up on July 12th. With work from Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Josef Frank and plenty of other lesser known designers, this is definitely another one to check out if you’re interested in 20th century design and objects.
I am not a weaver myself but I am all for learning as much as possible about how our designed environment is made. That is why I ended up reading a book about weaving when I have absolutely no plans to sit at a loom.
Woven Textile Design by Jan Shenton is a fascinating book for anyone interested in textiles and how fabric is made. Aimed at readers who want to design and make a range of fabrics from scratch, it starts with the basics of textile design and explains how different types of cloth are constructed. From the most basic of plain weaves, through to twill weaves, double cloths and extra warp and weft patterning, the aim is to encourage experimentation and push the boundaries where possible. Author Jan says, “It is often while learning the craft that weavers question those boundaries, take chances and try out different yarns and colour combinations.”
Despite much of the technical information being way too advanced for me, I enjoyed looking at all the beautiful illustrations of textiles and learning more about how different types of cloth are made. It has definitely inspired me to take an even closer look at how the fabrics I use are constructed.
Woven Textile Design by Jan Shenton is published by Laurence King Publishing
There are so many amazing wall hangings around at the moment. I love that this craft is enjoying a resurgence as I’ve always been partial to a bit of fibre art – the weirder the better for me. I caught up with rising star of the scene Maryanne Moodie to find out more about her work.
How and when did you start weaving?
About three years ago. I was searching for a craft to pursue and when I found weaving, something inside me just turned on. I was hooked!
What materials do you use and how long does each piece take?
I use all types of yarn and textiles in my work. I use lots of vintage yarn as well as small batch, hand spun and hand dyed wool. I also use handmade beads sometimes, as well as things I find at the hardware store.
What do you enjoy most about the process?
I enjoy working closely with my clients to ensure I create a piece that is wholly them. It will be a piece that has the privilege of hanging in their personal private spaces. I want to create a piece that will bring good vibrations into their homes and their lives.
Where do you sell?
I sell only via commission at the moment. I feel so lucky that I can enjoy the process in an individual way that is different for each client.
Do you have any plans for the future?
Yes, I am setting up weaving classes in NYC and Australia and I am commissioning a carpenter to help me put beginners weaving kits together. I am also filming an online weaving course that I hope to have live in April/ May. All very exciting!
To see more of Maryanne’s work, please visit her website or follow her on Instagram.