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Brief Published: 19 Dec 2013

Textile Craft: Weaving


The contemporary craft scene is thriving as traditional textile techniques are reinvented. We bring you an update on our report Textile Craft California: The New Wave, taking a look at weaving – the latest textile craft to be updated for a modern customer. 

  • LA-based creative studio All Roads has worked with a number of high-profile clients including Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Proenza Schouler. Its woven wall hangings are lush and textural, featuring heavy fringes and thick looped yarns. Mixing rough jute and raffia textures with finer silk and metallic threads, the pieces are craft with a luxe edge.
  • Originally from Australia, Ben Barratto’s large-scale weavings, made with ropes, cables and other items from hardware stores, have an imperfect and raw finish. The blocks of vivid colour and unusual materials update and blur the lines of conventional craft techniques.
  • Relocating from New York to LA last year, BrookandLyn’s weavings are nostalgic, referencing 1970s craft, but bringing it up to date. Dense weaves in simple patterns and block colours feature chunky textures and thick shag-pile effects. Other compositions take more organic forms, combining rough pieces of wood with soft wools and muted tones.

This renewed interest in craft techniques is part of a more considered approach to design as highlighted in our Industry Trend Design Democracy: Slow, and our Design Direction Studio Interiors S/S 15.