IKEA Launches GRATULERA Vintage Collection to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ikea-launches-gratulera-vintage-collection-to-celebrate-75th-anniversary/ikea-gratulera-75th-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/IKEA-GRATULERA-75th-1-810x608.jpg" alt="IKEA Launches GRATULERA Vintage Collection to Celebrate 75th Anniversary" /></a>
                                This year <a href="https://www.ikea.com/us/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">IKEA</a> celebrates its 75th anniversary and to mark the special occasion, they&#8217;re re-visiting the archives and bringing back some of their greatest hits. <a href="https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/living_room/collections/42178/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">GRATULERA</a> is a vintage, limited edition collection of hand-selected favorites that may give you a deeper appreciation for the Swedish giant and their budget-friendly goods. They&#8217;re breaking the collection down into three time periods – 50-60s, 70-80s, and the 90-00s – which will launch on three separate dates in 2018. Each period is quite different but you&#8217;ll get a peek into IKEA&#8217;s past through its 7+ decades in business.
The 50-60s Edition launches this month with a series of classic pieces in darker woods that were a reflection of the times. The triangular LÖVBACKEN became the company’s first flat-packed product after an IKEA worker thought to remove a table’s legs to get it into his tiny car. Launching in October, the colorful 70-80s Edition is
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Taher Asad-Bakhtiari Weaves Modern Textiles Using Tribal Iranian Techniques

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/taher-asad-bakhtiari-weaves-modern-textiles-using-tribal-iranian-techniques/taherasadbakhtiari_68/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/TaherAsadBakhtiari_68-810x556.jpg" alt="Taher Asad-Bakhtiari Weaves Modern Textiles Using Tribal Iranian Techniques" /></a>
                                Designer <a href="http://bernhardtdesign.com/designers/taher-asad-bakhtiari/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Taher Asad Bakhtiari</a> has a unique perspective for creating modern textiles that comes from his rich heritage rooted in Iranian tribal culture. His latest collection for <a href="https://bernhardttextiles.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Bernhardt Textiles</a> blends time-honored weaving techniques with contemporary aesthetics, resulting in six unique patterns that are available in 52 color ways.
Taher first gained attraction with his self-commissioned Tribal Weave Project in Iran where he reinvented the Kilim and the Gabbeh (two textile styles) with a modern vision using the same traditional weaving techniques. Afterwards, Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design, tapped him to collaborate on a textile collection. Inspired by the Bakhtiari tribe’s nomadic lifestyle, needlework, and cultural fashion, the new collection captures the essence of Bakhtiari fabrics which can usually be defined as raw, naturally dyed and textural. The Hendese pattern uses the triangle as the main graphic element (hendese means geometry in Persian) and is inspired by the shapes
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Scholten & Baijings Design Grid Knit Cushions for by TextielMuseum

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/scholten-baijings-design-grid-knit-cushions-for-by-textielmuseum/scholten-baijings-textielmuseum-grid-knit-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Scholten-Baijings-TextielMuseum-grid-knit-1-810x647.jpg" alt="Scholten &#038; Baijings Design Grid Knit Cushions for by TextielMuseum" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.scholtenbaijings.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Scholten &amp; Baijings</a> have collaborated with label <a href="https://by.textielmuseum.nl/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">by TextielMuseum</a> on a collection of cushions featuring an eye-popping, grid-like pattern. The Dutch design duo created the Grid Knit pillows with their signature style of visually enticing colors and geometric patterns made using the computerized knitting machines at the TextielLab. The colorful &#8216;grids,&#8217; which kind of resemble a chain link fence, are made from various colors, including fluorescent ones, that are knitted onto soft 100% merino wool that makes up the pillows.
Since the label had worked with the designers before, they invited them back and the cushions will be a part of the ‘Simply Scandinavian – Nordic Design 1945-2018’ exhibition. The Grid Knit pillows come in four color ways and in two sizes, and will be available in October at the TextielShop in the museum, online, and various international shops.

Photo by Freudenthal Verhagen commissioned by TextielMuseum

Photos by Tommy de Lange
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Stitched in the desert: Iota’s Products Are Made by Bedouin Women in the Negev

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/stitched-desert-iotas-products-made-bedouin-women-negev/or-kaplan-6235/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/or-kaplan-6235-810x540.jpg" alt="Stitched in the desert: Iota’s Products Are Made by Bedouin Women in the Negev" /></a>
                                A home interiors and accessories company is providing jobs for Bedouin women who aren’t allowed to hold employment outside of their home. Tal Zur, CEO of <a href="https://iotaproject.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Iota Hand Stitched</a>, speaks to Design Milk about why they think “soft furniture” is the next home design frontier, how they found themselves in the Negev, and where their designs are going this summer!

Tal Zur, CEO of Iota Studio. Photo by Or Kaplan.

Design Milk’s Keshia Badalge at Iota Hand Stitched in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“If you want a product that is straight, where all the sides are equal, the color is all the same, then that’s not us. Our products are alive,” Zur tells us as we sit in her studio in Tel Aviv. And sure enough, her studio emulates that same liveliness, with hanging swings, chunky-knit rugs and pillows and shelves full of colorful yarn, specifically put together by a
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Best of NeoCon 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-of-neocon-2018/neocon18-roundup-0-knoll-textiles/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/NeoCon18-Roundup-0-knoll-textiles-810x773.jpg" alt="Best of NeoCon 2018" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.neocon.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">NeoCon</a> has once again come and gone and this year’s show marked the 50th year of bringing the latest and greatest in the commercial design world to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The show presented a host of innovative textiles and workspace offerings that can and will change the landscape of offices and other commercial settings for years to come. Brands are spending more time focusing on noise reduction, privacy, and comfort, with aesthetics and ergonomics playing a key role. Check out below to see some of our favorite finds at this year’s NeoCon.
KnollTextiles also launched a new collection of wallcoverings by Trove. The Atmosphere Collection comes in several variations, each with a watercolor-like feel, including Cascade (below). Ghislaine Viñas launched her first-ever textile collection – the Curious Crowd collection with HBF Textiles where she was inspired by sea slugs and jellyfish. The colors, patterns, and shapes are reflected in the
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MATTER High Performing Textiles by Mae Engelgeer for Wolf-Gordon

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/matter-high-performing-textiles-by-mae-engelgeer-for-wolf-gordon/wolf-gordon-mae-engelgeer-matter-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Wolf-Gordon-Mae-Engelgeer-Matter-1-810x540.jpg" alt="MATTER High Performing Textiles by Mae Engelgeer for Wolf-Gordon" /></a>
                                During NeoCon 2018, <a href="http://www.wolfgordon.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wolf-Gordon</a> debuted a collection of high performing textiles by Dutch designer <a href="https://www.mae-engelgeer.nl/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mae Engelgeer</a>. MATTER is an upholstery series of luxury commercial fabrics that combine wool blend and metallic yarns with bold patterns for richly textured surfaces and added dimensionality.
MATTER includes three patterns – Mass, Merge, and Points – which defy typical commercial textiles with their visually popping patterns and tactile appeal. The colors in the collection span the gamut to work within any commercial setting, from neutrals to blues and reds that go from light to dark and everything in between. Engelgeer developed the collection in The Netherlands at the TextielLab, which allowed her to oversee the process as the patterns were being worked out on the weaving machines. If any issues related to color or scale came up, she was able to adjust it as it was happening. It also allowed her to freely make
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Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-future-ventura-futura/design_milk_ventura_futura_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_Ventura_Futura_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future" /></a>
                                Design Milk favorite Ventura Lambrate is no more, and this year <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ventura Projects&#8217;</a> exhibitions were split across four locations, three of which made up <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/ventura-future-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ventura Future</a>, which we set out to explore – here are some of our favorite finds&#8230;
Triangoli is a collection of vases and vessels by Beirut-based designer david/nicolas for Editions Milano – handmade in Italy from blocks of different types of marble to create different colorways and effects. They were inspired by majestic crowns, making them at once serious and playful. On the subject of ‘playful,’ Andrea Maestri’s Ladies and Gentlemen collection is inspired by ‘the bizarre, colorful, hyper decorative world of funfairs and circus.’ This mirror is no exception and is sure to put a spring in your step before you leave the house in the morning. In response to the continuing trend for houseplants ‘Growing plants indoors’ by Dutch design workshop REM
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Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-future-ventura-futura/design_milk_ventura_futura_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_Ventura_Futura_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future" /></a>
                                Design Milk favorite Ventura Lambrate is no more, and this year <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ventura Projects&#8217;</a> exhibitions were split across four locations, three of which made up <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/ventura-future-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ventura Future</a>, which we set out to explore – here are some of our favorite finds&#8230;
Triangoli is a collection of vases and vessels by Beirut-based designer david/nicolas for Editions Milano – handmade in Italy from blocks of different types of marble to create different colorways and effects. They were inspired by majestic crowns, making them at once serious and playful. On the subject of ‘playful,’ Andrea Maestri’s Ladies and Gentlemen collection is inspired by ‘the bizarre, colorful, hyper decorative world of funfairs and circus.’ This mirror is no exception and is sure to put a spring in your step before you leave the house in the morning. In response to the continuing trend for houseplants ‘Growing plants indoors’ by Dutch design workshop REM
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SFF18: Kasthall Launches the New, Celebrates the Old, and Embraces the Different

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sff18-kasthall-launches-new-celebrates-old-embraces-different/design_milk_kasthall_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Kasthall_07-810x810.jpg" alt="SFF18: Kasthall Launches the New, Celebrates the Old, and Embraces the Different" /></a>
                                Swedish rug brand <a href="http://www.kasthall.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kasthall</a> launched four new rugs for Stockholm Design Week, won an award for an existing rug and collaborated with <a href="http://www.stellarworks.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Stella Works</a> for a showroom display. &#8220;We are slowly adding new carpets into the grand collection of Kasthall,&#8221; says creative design advisor and co-founder of <a href="http://www.claessonkoivistorune.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Claesson Koivisto Rune</a>, Ola Rune. &#8220;We are trying to lead the trends, find new techniques and make new yarns. I think if we do that we will continue to have a legacy.&#8221;
All four new rugs were designed by Central Saint Martin’s graduate and in-house designer Maja Johansson Starander. The first, Freyja, is hand tufted with a chunky wool which is felted and twisted into its final curly form. “Freyja is a textile interpretation of moss and lichen, of stone, soil and mineral,” says a statement from the brand. The tufted loops are left uncut at different heights to create an uneven surface,
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PATTERNITY + John Lewis Launch Collection of Geometric Goods

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/patternity-john-lewis-launch-collection-of-geometric-goods/john-lewispatternity-0-ritual-reflect-rug/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/John-LewisPatternity-0-Ritual-Reflect-rug-810x549.jpg" alt="PATTERNITY + John Lewis Launch Collection of Geometric Goods" /></a>
                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/?attachment_id=334147" rel="attachment wp-att-334147" data-wpel-link="internal"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-334147" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/John-LewisPatternity-1-pillows-leggings-810x1214.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="1214" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/John-LewisPatternity-1-pillows-leggings-810x1214.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/John-LewisPatternity-1-pillows-leggings-800x1199.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/John-LewisPatternity-1-pillows-leggings-768x1151.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/John-LewisPatternity-1-pillows-leggings-500x750.jpg 500w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/John-LewisPatternity-1-pillows-leggings.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></a>
Pattern pioneers Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, of London-based PATTERNITY, just launched an eye-popping collaboration with British retailer John Lewis that spans housewares and fashion. The bold PATTERNITY + John Lewis collection is full of graphic black and white patterns that land on everything from leggings, parkas, dresses, and sweaters, to pillows, bedding, towels, bath accessories, rugs, candles, and incense, that will no doubt inspire happiness in your life. By working with the legendary retailer, PATTERNITY was able create designs that were of high quality but at reasonable prices, and for the first time, a collaboration that includes both fashion and home goods. From Anna Murray:
This collaboration is a celebration of the power of pattern to positively connect different areas of our daily lives. It is a playful exploration of the fundamental shapes, rituals and textures that make our lives and we hope it will help inspire people
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Tom Dixon Adds New Ranges and Colors to the SUPER TEXTURE Textiles Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/tom-dixon-adds-new-ranges-colors-super-texture-textiles-collection/tom-dixon-super-texture-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/tom-dixon-super-texture-4-810x540.jpg" alt="Tom Dixon Adds New Ranges and Colors to the SUPER TEXTURE Textiles Collection" /></a>
                                Launched at this year’s Maison et Objet, the latest additions to the <a href="https://www.tomdixon.net/shop/families/super-texture-2018.html"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">SUPER TEXTURE</a> collection by <a href="https://www.tomdixon.net/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Tom Dixon</a> includes a variety of new weaves, knits and patterns. There are three new families of textiles – ABSTRACT, PAINT, and GEO – in addition to new color ways to the SOFT and BOUCLE ranges.
Hand-tufted by master craftsmen in Northern India, the ABSTRACT collection of cushions feature a unique grid pattern derived from a cityscape watercolor by textile artist Josephine Ortega. These cushions are made from 100% New Zealand wool and have a thicker and more wooly texture than regular cushions. Their varying loops, tufts and pile heights can only be created by hand and is clearly evident to Tom Dixon’s commitment to quality and superior craftsmanship. Like paintings on canvas, PAINT comprises of a set of cushions with abstracted and architecturally-inspired watercolors by Josephine Ortega who looked to Britain’s urban landscape
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Tom Dixon Adds New Ranges and Colors to the SUPER TEXTURE Textiles Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/tom-dixon-adds-new-ranges-colors-super-texture-textiles-collection/tom-dixon-super-texture-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/tom-dixon-super-texture-4-810x540.jpg" alt="Tom Dixon Adds New Ranges and Colors to the SUPER TEXTURE Textiles Collection" /></a>
                                Launched at this year’s Maison et Objet, the latest additions to the <a href="https://www.tomdixon.net/shop/families/super-texture-2018.html"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">SUPER TEXTURE</a> collection by <a href="https://www.tomdixon.net/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Tom Dixon</a> includes a variety of new weaves, knits and patterns. There are three new families of textiles – ABSTRACT, PAINT, and GEO – in addition to new color ways to the SOFT and BOUCLE ranges.
Hand-tufted by master craftsmen in Northern India, the ABSTRACT collection of cushions feature a unique grid pattern derived from a cityscape watercolor by textile artist Josephine Ortega. These cushions are made from 100% New Zealand wool and have a thicker and more wooly texture than regular cushions. Their varying loops, tufts and pile heights can only be created by hand and is clearly evident to Tom Dixon’s commitment to quality and superior craftsmanship. Like paintings on canvas, PAINT comprises of a set of cushions with abstracted and architecturally-inspired watercolors by Josephine Ortega who looked to Britain’s urban landscape
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Angela Adams’ Inner Nature Rug Collection Celebrates Individuality and Authenticity

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/angela-adams-inner-nature-rug-collection-celebrates-individuality-authenticity/angela-adams-inner-nature-8/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/angela-adams-inner-nature-8-810x540.jpg" alt="Angela Adams’ Inner Nature Rug Collection Celebrates Individuality and Authenticity" /></a>
                                The last time we caught up with <a href="https://angelaadams.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Angela Adams</a>, we were checking out her geometric <a href="https://design-milk.com/angela-adams-latest-rug-collection-inspired-outer-space/" data-wpel-link="internal">Astral Garden</a> rug collection. This time, we’re getting an up close look at her newest collection <a href="https://angelaadams.com/collections/rugs/?filter_collections=inner-nature"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Inner Nature</a>, inspired by one’s individuality and most authentic self.
The collection features eight new area rug designs: Infinity, June, Owl Feather, Vibes/Burton, Garbo, Spock, and Amma. To amplify the inspiration and theme of the new collection, the Inner Nature’s catalogue highlights individuals that exude their truest, inner nature.

Antonio Luc Hernandez (Kid, Singer/Actor, Thinker) on the Infinity/Daylight Rug

Tula dining table and chairs on the Amma/Fjara area rug

Edie Tucker (Sculptor) on the June/Rosebud area rug

Owl Feather area rug

Donna McNeil (Curator) on the Arenal area rug

Spock/Saturn area rug

Rosie Allard (Textile Artist) on the Vibes/Burton area rug

Ammar/Hesteur area rug

Bryan Brash (Violinist) on the Garbo/Sapphire area rug

To shop the collection, visit
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A First Look At Chilewich’s Colorful Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/first-look-chilewichs-colorful-springsummer-2018-collection/chilewich-glow_indigo_lifestyle-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/Chilewich-Glow_Indigo_Lifestyle-1-810x563.jpg" alt="A First Look At Chilewich&#8217;s Colorful Spring/Summer 2018 Collection" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.chilewich.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Chilewich</a> released their Spring/Summer 2018 line-up of textiles and it’s getting us excited for the warmer season ahead. The New York City-based company, whom we’ve featured <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/Chilewich/" data-wpel-link="internal">many times</a> for their innovative textile creations for the modern tabletop and floors, is launching new yarns, weaves and tufted textures in shades inspired by colors from a budding garden or shades of seasonal fruits. Take a look…
Mini Basketweave is inspired by the colors from a flower garden, the epitome of spring. Float is named for the different color of yarns that seem to “float” between the weaves. Selvedge is a subtle, neutral weave marked by thin grid lines. Market Fringe is a mat created with yarns made from scratch by twisting strands of tonal colors together at a small weaving mill in Los Angeles and then finished in a factory in Georgia. Glow is a printed textile design with a soft gradation
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