New Tile Company Livden Takes Its Cues From SoCal’s Geography {New Tile Company Livden Takes Its Cues From SoCal’s Geography} – English

New Tile Company Livden Takes Its Cues From SoCal’s Geography {New Tile Company Livden Takes Its Cues From SoCal’s Geography} – English

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Livden tile pink backsplash

Livden’s statement-making tile packs a vivid punch.

Half-sisters Hilary Gibbs and Georgie Smith share a familial love of tile: Gibbs’s mother, Melinda Earl, founded Stone Impressions, where both women still play a role. But the duo’s new side venture, Livden, focuses on their own original decorative tiles made with recycled and post-consumer materials. “When I told my mother I’d been experimenting with my own designs, she immediately handed me her tool kit of art supplies and gave me her best design tips,” recalls Gibbs.

Taking their cues from Southern California’s geographic diversity and rich architectural history, the sisters have produced innovative geometric designs, available in a palette of earthy hues. “We’re inspired by color’s ability to evoke certain feelings,” adds Smith, noting a meditative red and their desert-inspired collection, Painted Sands, that debuted in July. “Our designs mirror the California lifestyle, from laid-back and sunny to bohemian and modern,” adds Gibbs. “They’re playful statement-makers that can give any space a punch of personality.”

Livden tile red and pink arcs

An example of Livden’s new desert-inspired collection, Painted Sands.

Livden tile blue white purple orange geometric

Another example from Livden’s new desert-inspired collection, Painted Sands.

PHOTOS COURTESY LIVDEN

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These Innovative, Design-Forward Pieces Have A New Home In Seattle {These Innovative, Design-Forward Pieces Have A New Home In Seattle} – English

These Innovative, Design-Forward Pieces Have A New Home In Seattle {These Innovative, Design-Forward Pieces Have A New Home In Seattle} – English

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adaptive couches and table from resource furniture

Resource Furniture is designed to be adaptive and multi-functional.

This fall, renowned European-made furniture company Resource Furniture opens its first Northwest showroom inside the newly renovated Seattle Design Center in the industrial-hip Georgetown neighborhood. The company’s slick collection of transforming and multifunctional furniture—from luxury Italian wall beds to bookshelves with built-in telescoping tabletops and an array of storage systems and seating options—insists that design-forward furniture can have cutting-edge technology and functionality without sacrificing style. The Seattle locale will feature a mix of new and classic Resource Furniture pieces that help tease out multiple uses from compact spaces. A champion for small- space living, Resource Furniture has supported the research and development of ADU and prefab homes throughout North America.

“As one of the leading cities for micro-housing developments, Seattle was a natural fit for Resource Furniture’s expansion,” says co-founder Ron Barth. Challie Stillman, Resource Furniture’s Head of Sales & Design, agrees. “We attract the design-obsessed, innovation- seekers and out-of-the-box thinkers. We’re proud to bring our unique philosophy to Seattle, where we know we’ll be surrounded by a community of like-minded design enthusiasts.”

adaptive couches and table from resource furniture

Tables and chairs neatly fit together in multiple, space-saving ways.

PHOTOS COURTESY RESOURCE FURNITURE

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Meet The Naples Artist Bringing Fine Art To Quilting {Meet The Naples Artist Bringing Fine Art To Quilting} – English

Meet The Naples Artist Bringing Fine Art To Quilting {Meet The Naples Artist Bringing Fine Art To Quilting} – English

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Take everything you know about your grandmother’s quilt and elevate it. Bridging the past with the present, Sarasota textile artist Maggie Dillon translates vintage images, family photos and her own photography into quilted pieces of fine art. The award-winning textile portrait artist captures candid moments, evoking a feeling of nostalgic happiness but also loss of something deeply important and soulful.

What prompted you to work with fiber?

My freshman year at Flagler College in historic St. Augustine, I started working at a local quilt shop near campus. I began experimenting with fabric as a medium after being a traditional quilter for about a decade. Encouraged by my drawing professor, I created my first fiber portrait made of collaged commercial fabrics. Since 2008, I have worked exclusively in fabric and textiles. Increasingly, more galleries and venues are accepting mixed media/fiber, but it is still an uncommon medium.

How do you source and select the vintage photos you use?

While pursuing a fine art degree, I focused on photojournalism. I enjoyed that the photos captured what was happening in the moment, rather than an awareness of the camera. A friend found some amazing vintage images in a thrift shop. I pulled inspiration from a few of those and entered some exhibitions, and from there I was hooked. My favorite images are the ones that feel the most authentic and nostalgic. Many are sourced from original family photos, while others are pieced together with different elements of images before creating the pattern.

Why do these textile art pieces make an impact?

Quilting and textile work have a broad view of being “grandma’s quilts” and a strictly utilitarian item. I believe my work, among others, is breaking those boundaries and elevating the medium to fine art. It draws the viewer in, looking closely at the built-up fabric layers, stitching and textures.

PHOTOS: COURTESY MAGGIE DILLON

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Lovers Of Modernism Should Add This New Book To Their Shelves {Lovers Of Modernism Should Add This New Book To Their Shelves} – English

Lovers Of Modernism Should Add This New Book To Their Shelves {Lovers Of Modernism Should Add This New Book To Their Shelves} – English

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As any desert dweller knows, the landscape’s saturated sunsets and botanical austerity create an ideal backdrop for a variety of architectural styles. In Santa Fe, architects have responded with designs that are rooted in tradition yet also forward thinking in execution. The result is an architectural authenticity captured in Santa Fe Modern: Contemporary Design in the High Desert. Authored by Helen Thompson with photographs by Casey Dunn, the book features 20 distinctive residences that highlight Santa Fe’s emerging modernist design. “Santa Fe Modern comes out at a time when it has never been more urgent to think about how we are at home in the world,” Thompson says. “Modern houses in Santa Fe seem as if they belong in the dramatic desert landscape, and that sense of belonging is the real reason modernism works so well there.”

PHOTO COURTESY MONACELLI

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