Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Festa Della Donna!

Happy International Women's Day to all you lovely women!  I think these pretty frocks being carried by birds and butterflies surrounded by flowers commemorate the day beautifully - oh wait - sorry - it's about equality and working women's rights not about gender stereotypes isn't it.  Well never mind!  No woman I know thought that having great career opportunities meant she couldn't enjoy flowers and a nice dress!  In fact as I sit here I have just received a lovely bunch of Mimosa from Ivano (women all over Italy are getting Mimosa from their husbands today) and am wearing a nice dress ready to go out for one of our rare evenings out together!  Yes - I am woman!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fancy a Coffee?

Rug by Mohawk and fabrics by Robert Kaufman

I did these coffee designs a while back, sitting at my kitchen table in New York, thinking about our upcoming move to Rome and no doubt subliminally channeling all things Italian into my work.  I did a wine and cheese group around that time too.
This group proved to be super popular and found it's way onto Robert Kaufman fabrics and Mohawk Comfort Mats (kitchen mats to you and me) among other things.
I think the combination of slightly ethnic looking pattern (think about where coffee grows) combined with 20th Century Modern silhouettes (then think about your average trendy coffee bar) and a palette that wasn't gender specific and didn't scream coffee, made it appealing to clients.
They then, of course, changed the palettes and layouts to fit with their concepts but I think they're still pretty close to the originals.