New Friends woven wall panel (image courtesy of Beklina)
Contemporary craft designs are no longer simply objects for interior adornment or sculptural creations hovering on the fringe. Handmade work adds authenticity to our living spaces in ways that provide texture, unexpected contrast, as well as an opportunity to highlight artistic narrative and exquisite cultural traditions. Be it an artisan-made wedding pillow that links us to the customs of rural Morocco or a a retro-style wall hanging that softens the edges of our day-to-day existence – living artfully with craft might take you beyond your comfort zone for some much-needed design relief and timeless armchair travel.
Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski are the cool design duo behind New Friends, two aesthetes with a shared a love of textiles and eccentric visuals. Their shaggy wall panels incorporate a range of fibers from wool, paper and fabric remnants – all hand woven by the designers themselves in Brooklyn, NY. These colorful, eco-friendly, and highly-textured art creations are available in limited edition quantities. Available at Beklina.