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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

A Deconstructed DwellStudio Home Collection Guide

Ali

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In glancing at the new DwellStudio Home 2010 Collection images I thought to myself, “Self, the folks at DwellStudio have such an amazing eye for putting various patterns and colors together…this is certainly something that doesn’t come easy to the rest of us. So, Self, why not create a quick and easy ‘Deconstructed DwellStudio Home Collection Guide’ to help DP peeps put together the looks they like?” And I did. This is super basic but should hopefully help create the “bedscape” of your dreams without having to go back and forth between Design Public product pages to figure out what is what.

DwellStudio Peacock Bedding in Dove; DwellStudio Gate Euro Shams in Ash; DwellStudio Pyramids Standard Cases in Ash

DwellStudio Gate Duvet and Shams in Ash; DwellStudio Chinoiserie Pillow; DwellStudio Gate Sheets and Cases in Ash; DwellStudio Pyramids Matelasse in Pearl Coverlet

DwellStudio Peacock Citrine Duvet and Shams; DwellStudio Woven Pyramids Euro Sham in Dark Bronze; DwellStudio Linen Edge in Ash Sheets and Cases

DwellStudio Etching Duvet and Shams; DwellStudio Woven Pyramids Euro Sham in Ink; DwellStudio Pin Dot Sheets and Cases

This is just a smidgen of imagery from DwellStudio. If you see any other images on our site for DwellStudio or any other designer that you’d like to me deconstruct leave a comment and a link to the image and I’ll see how I do!

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

DwellStudio Peacock Bedding Video

Matt

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We dropped in on the always delightful DwellStudio booth at the New York Gift Show yesterday. Here’s a preview from their soon-to-be-available Spring 2010 collection. More to come!

DwellStudio Peacock Bedding at the NY Gift Show:

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

DwellStudio Contest & Giveaway

Matt

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Big news. To celebrate the launch of DwellStudio’s new table collection we’re giving away FIVE excellent prizes to FIVE of our most excellent readers. You’ve got FIVE days to enter (see a pattern here?) but you’ve got to be in it to win it. Prizes will be awarded at random.

The Goods (i.e. Things You Can Win)

Prize #1: Set of 4 Color Field placemats in Ink

DwellStudio Colorfield in INK
Prize #2: Set of 4 Woodblock napkins in Ink

DwellStudio Woodblock Napkins in INK
Prize #3: Mosaic Runner in Sun

DwellStudio Mosiac Runner in Sun
Prize #4: Set of 4 Gate coasters & set of 4 Gate cocktail napkins, all in Java

DwellStudio Gate Coasters In Java
Prize #5: Woodblock apron in Lake

DwellStudio Woodblock Apron in Lake

How To Enter

Simply take a looksee a the new DwellStudio Table collection and tell us your favorite in the comments below! Couldn’t be easier.

Entries will be accepted up until midnight PST on Saturday, July 18th and the five winners will be chosen at random and announced on Monday the 20th. Have fun and good luck.

N.B. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email (read: make sure we can contact you at the email address provided.) Prizes will be awarded randomly so unfortunately we cannot accomodate preferences…but doesn’t that make it more fun anyway?

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

All About Yves

Christiane Lemieux of DwellStudio

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DwellStudio was founded by Christiane Lemieux in 1999 in an effort to bring modern textile design to the world of home. The company quickly established itself as a leader and innovator in the bedding market – and expanded to a fuller offering of home furnishings products, including table, baby, and junior. What follows is the 2nd guest post by Christiane regarding the inspiration of DwellStudio’s new Spring Collection. Take it away Christiane!

I often wonder whenever I see a beautiful work of art – be it a painting by Matisse or a dress by Marni – about the inspiration for the piece. What was the designer, writer, painter or anyone for that matter thinking when they took the leap to create something new? So for my latest guest post, I thought I’d share our inspiration for DwellStudio’s 2009 Abstractions Collection – one of our most exciting ones yet.

It all started in Paris. (Confession: this is a little self-serving as I’m partially French – well, French Canadian, same DNA – and therefore partial to all things “Francais,” from baguettes to triple crème Brie to Balmain dresses. Sadly, I somehow missed out on that elusive skinny gene they all seem to get…why can’t I shed my last ten pounds of baby weight by drinking red wine?) In January 2008, I headed to the “City of Lights” with two designers from my team, Bingka and Rachel, for our annual shopping/inspiration trip and pilgrimage to Clingancourt – the most mind-blowing flea market. But from the moment we arrived, our week in Paris was all about Yves – St. Laurent, of course. His spirit seemed to be floating through the streets, and as soon as we found ourselves in front of his store on the Rive Gauche, we knew we’d found the inspiration for our 2009 collection.

Yves St. Laurent Storefront – Paris.

Yves Saint Laurent storefrontDress on display at Yves St. Laurent.

Of all of St. Laurent’s many talents, I am perhaps most awed – and envious –  by his ability to combine styles, textures and techniques. In my opinion, he was a “Master of the Mix.” The bold colors, exquisite handiwork and influence of fine art in the label’s current collection made us stop in our tracks: It looked fresh. The designs were dynamic and very hip, while also being timeless. Bingka, Rachel and I agreed that we’d tired of the computer-generated prints that were everywhere in the States. The evidence of the artist’s hand and eclectic soul in St. Laurent’s Rive Gauche store made us think: Who is better at capturing style’s elusive “je ne sais quoi” than the French?

We found ourselves debating this question over dinner at Relais de L’Entrecôte (where we enjoyed the world’s best Steak Frites with secret green sauce). Our conclusion: St. Laurent fundamentally understood that pretty is just pretty; however, when you mix pretty with another element that throws off the balance in the right way, you have style. Or, as Vanity Fair recently wrote,

“Yves did with couture exactly what Marie-Laure did with décor: breaking the rules by putting together things that have nothing to do with one another.”

This quintessentially French mix was on display in every area of his life, including his apartment, some of which was designed by Jacques Grange (check out Grange’s own apartment here. So French – the perfect mix with nothing overdone).

Yves Saint Laurent sitting in his 1930\'s Paris house, designed by Madame Cuttoli.Yves Saint Laurent sitting in his 1930′s Paris house, designed by Madame Cuttoli.

There, as in his collections, St. Laurent perfectly mixed old and new, pretty and primitive, to create layers of style and meaning. And that is exactly what we’ve striven for with our new Abstractions line. When mixed with our current designs, these new, graphic patterns create an unbalanced tension that transforms an old room into something both fresh and timeless.

MatisseMatisse Painting.

St. Laurent also had impeccable taste in art – the Matisse painting above served as a source of inspiration for us, long before we knew it came from St. Laurent’s and Pierre Berge’s own collection. (Spooky right – am I being haunted by Yves?) Its amazing cut shapes – beautiful, graphic, pure and colorful – are still incredibly relevant. Coincidentally, this painting – along with the rest of the collection – is being auctioned off in Paris by Christie’s from February 23rd to the 25th.

Christie’s Auction House: I had to buy the auction catalog to study what moved “the man,” as well as to drool over all the gorgeous art. Take a peek. By the way, “our” Matisse is going for $5-7 million. Oh la la!

InspirationFrom left to right: Mondrian Day Dress of 1965, Boy Leading a Horse by Pabo Picasso, Miuccia Prada.

Years before Marc Jacobs was collaborating with Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami, St. Laurent was incorporating his love of fine art into his collections. Case in point, the revolutionary Mondrian Day Dress of 1965, re-introduced for St. Laurent’s Retrospective last year. (See above left for picture.)

Inspired by St. Laurent’s Matisse, we returned to New York and looked toward another brilliant Abstractionist for inspiration: Pablo Picasso – a Spaniard who spent his formative years in France, and understood the idea of “the mix” perfectly. One need only to stroll through the MoMA to see how Pablo’s style progressed from his Blue Period to Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, a masterpiece influenced by primitive art that rocked the world.

My desk: a mental blender of all our design influences.

Finally, we mixed in a little Miuccia Prada, the modern day “Mistress of the Mix”. The pitch-perfect vintage Prada pictured above, with its combination of hand-drawn geometric shapes playing off graphic floral, inspired our own DwellStudio combination of Collage and Chinoiserie patterns:
DwellStudio Collage and Chinoiserie.

Lastly, for our Abstractions line we added in some Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko and Marni (as always) and – voila – our new collection was born.

I hope you’ll love the result as much as we do. Bold and graphic on their own, when our new Abstractions pieces are combined with Chinoiserie, Hedgerow or any of  our other current designs, the mix can be easily achieved in your own home. I really hope they would have made the incomparable Yves proud.

- Christiane, DwellStudio

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Bedding Personalities

Ali

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I was recently browsing through our DP Bedding Bash Flickr Group and saw this photo from citypix

modern black and white bedding
My initial reaction was: “Whoa, this photo is awesome!” This bedding scene has quite the casual feel to it, but it also exudes such richness. I would kind of like to just crawl in right now. Beautiful photo, citypix! Then I got to thinking about the various types of bedding personalities that are out there. We have the very informal, relaxed personality as seen above. There is the “I am casual, no fuss for me please…except when it comes to my piles of pillows” personality…

DwellStudio Draper Stripe bedding
Or, the “I am simple, only a few pillows, I make my bed every morning but it isn’t too hard” personality…

Unison Porter Bedding - Charcoal

Or, the “I take a lot of pride in Read the rest of this entry »

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