Oct 15

Ken Gemes in the CTC&G Showhouse on the Green with a custom colored Diamant

Ken Gemes created a beautiful and visually striking retreat in the Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Showhouse on the Green, which was featured prominently on the cover of October’s CTC&G Magazine. A Diamant wool rug from our Crosspoint collection anchored the room. Gemes customized the rug with Midnight and Deep Turquoise yarn colors from our Personal Showroom palette to compliment the cool blues and greens of his design. An electric color combination accompanied by more subdued artwork produced an energetic yet cozy sitting room. We asked Gemes—a long time client and friend of Merida—about his color scheme, inspirations, and the social aspects of the space.

What is the role of color in this space? How does the red/orange color interact with the blue tones?

The color play in this room centered on the ink blue and jade green printed on the natural linen sofa upholstery.  These soothing colors from the sea played into the art above the sofa as well as the beautiful porcelain lamps beside it.  The bright coral was introduced to punch up the color story and add a strong and unexpected element that would appear in small doses throughout the space.


How did Diamant fit the bill for this space? What lead you to choose the Midnight and Deep Turquoise yarn colors?

The colors are the same value, so the combination is subtle but manages to make a statement in the space. The tonal blues and jade greens are found in the novelty linen upholstery fabric and pair beautifully in the Diamant rug to anchor the room.


Does this room have a social function, or is it more of a personal retreat?

This room was created as a cozy study on the second floor, providing the perfect place for coffee and the paper in the morning, or a glass of wine with houseguests at the end of the day.


What kind of person could you see living here?

This is a stylish room, but has a very clean and pleasing feel to it.  Nothing is overdone and yet the attention to detail shines through and draws you in to spend time and unwind.  The house is old and charming, so I would see someone with a sense of style as well as an appreciation for preserving the past living in these rooms.


Who or what is inspiring you right now?

The art world is influencing interiors with oversized art and photography, in black and white or strong color combinations. I embraced the trend in this room with larger works, red-orange prints, and black and white photos that don’t overpower the space. I’m also responding to stronger color for room schemes, whether used as accents back to neutrals, or as the focal point for the room.


Twill colorways from the Tissage collection.

If you were to choose a Merida rug for your home, which would you choose?

In addition to Diamant, I love the Tissage collection – both the Twill and the Arabesque designs, which feature more movement and a softer look.


A close-up of Arabesque in Mauve

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Oct 15

Harbinger by Hand, a new showroom in LA

The opening of Harbinger by Hand in the La Cienega Design Quarter was a well-attended success, with old friends and new coming to see the new partners at Joe Lucas’ showroom.  We couldn’t have been more excited to kick off our boutique space alongside Fromental, Lance Wovens, and Moore & Giles.

Harbinger by Hand is an expansion of Joe Lucas’ showroom focusing on companies who are dedicated to craftsmanship and innovative design. The expansion enhances an already dynamic and uniquely stylish showroom curated by Joe and the Harbinger team.

The concept for the Merida boutique was imagined by Creative Director Roxanne Hanna to be both modern and tailored: “The vision for the environment was to bring our Fall River mill into the space by incorporating industrial design elements combined with bespoke details to reflect our meticulous dedication to quality and craftsmanship.”

“By displaying our textiles facing forward, one can get a sense of the depth of our product portfolio. The ingenious custom shelving system—designed by David Heikka—makes it easier to catch one’s eye.”

Among the roughly 250 attendees were industry insiders and design firms from cities across the country, including LA, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Chicago, NYC, and more.

Merida Director of Business Development Siobhan Kelley with Marc Cunningham.

Joe Lucas, “entertainologist” Lulu Powers, and one of her culinary creations.

Siobhan Kelley with Merida CFO Bob Segal and Director of Service and Installation Bob Margies.

Merida Sales Project Manager Cindy Allmon with Rocky Lafleur of Kneedler Fauchere and Mark Hemphill.

Merida CEO Catherine Connolley with Anna Friden of Anna Friden Design, Elizabeth Dinkel of Elizabeth Dinkel Design, and Joe Lucas.

clockwise from top left: 1) Joe Lucas with Timothy Corrigan of Timothy Corrigan Inc. 2) Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors and Ruthie Sommers of Ruthie Chapman Sommers Interior Design. 3) Joe Lucas with Chris Barrett of Chris Barrett Design. 4) Joe Lucas and David Heikka.

Roxanne Hanna with Shea Soucie of Soucie Horner Ltd, Catherine Connolley, and Keith Granet of Granet & Associates.

Michelle Trout and Heidi Bonesteel of Bonesteel Trout Hall.

Next time you find yourself in the La Cienega Design Quarter in Los Angeles, come visit us at Harbinger and say hi.

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Oct 15

Introducing the Tissage collection

Felted, Undyed and Linen Yarns from the Tissage color palette.


Introducing Tissage. Inspired by the art of fine European fabric weaving, our newest collection elevates timeless dobby patterns with an inventive blend of crisp textures, sophisticated colors, and cozy wools.


Tissage is also available with suede corners and trims.


Featuring renditions of several essential textile weave patterns, Tissage is a nod to the art of fine European cloth weaving. Dobby looms have historically been used to create fabrics such as pique, twill, and oxford cloth, a thread of which is carried through this new collection.


One of our weavers at the dobby loom.


The design process for Tissage started two years ago with the goal of broadening our offering with a wider range of weaving structures and larger, more complex textural motifs. With some strategic enhancements to our classic dobby looms and countless hours of testing and development, we were able to make this change while preserving the durability of a light contract rating.

Tissage is based on a cohesive trio of undyed wool warp colors that complement our entire yarn palette. The colorways are carefully considered and are grounded by the natural hues of undyed wools. A cohesive palette means that color schemes can be easily switched between patterns. With Tissage, we’ve expanded on our ability to make a refined, woven to order rug in just 8 weeks.


Arabesque – A dance of pattern, texture and color in a masterful construction of undyed and thin felted wools.


Twill – A soothing duet of undyed yarns and sophisticated colors, Twill infuses a modern classic pattern with surprising depth and dimension.


Linea – An interplay of rich wools and Belgian linen creates a crisp, dimensional thatch weave that is as striking as it is versatile.


Bonpoint – Our reinvented waffle weave combines the smoothness of thick felted yarn with a richly textured pattern and subtle pop of color.

Tissage debuted on October 6th at the opening of our new showroom at Harbinger by Hand at the La Cienega Design Quarter in Los Angeles, CA.

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Sep 15

Essential LA: Local Designers’ Picks

As we draw closer to the opening of Harbinger by Hand and our new boutique space within, we asked a few influential Southern California designers and tastemakers to recommend a favorite place that is uniquely LA. From spectacular outdoor escapes to a classic Hollywood bar and restaurant, their suggestions have us eager to explore.

“If you were to recommend a favorite place that is uniquely LA, what would it be?”

Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe – Nickey Kehoe

“Griffith Park seems to perfectly encapsulate the spirit of Los Angeles — the entertainment of the Greek Theater, the drama of an up-lit observatory at night, expansive views of our sprawling city, and active open-air hiking all within the rustic, natural California environment.”


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Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe merged their design backgrounds in early 2004 forming the partnership of Nickey · Kehoe, Inc. This duo splits their time and energy between running a design firm focused on residential and commercial projects and the retail shop which houses their vintage finds, private label products and a selection of handpicked goods from around the world.

Nickey’s background is steeped in retail design, while Kehoe stems from the hospitality design world. Together they have completed numerous residential projects from coast to coast as well as major hotel projects in Southern California. Their unique blend of old-world patina and modern simplicity keeps their aesthetic fresh and timeless.


Natasha Baradaran – Natasha Baradaran Interior Design

“One of my favorite places in LA are the trails of Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills. Walking the trails is a Saturday morning ritual with my husband Bob.  Be it summer or winter, I am inspired by the colors and love seeing the view of the city and the ocean when reaching the top on a clear day.  It is my Zen place.”


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Natasha Baradaran is the founder and creative visionary behind Natasha Baradaran Interior Design. Informed by the richness of her diverse cultural background, from Southern California to Italy as well as her Persian lineage, Baradaran’s point of view fuses classical, European design traditions with the exoticism of Middle Eastern arts, seasoned with the laid back luxury of Los Angeles. In 2014, Baradaran forayed into product design, with her namesake furniture collection. Inspired by a lifelong passion for the craft of jewelry making, Baradaran creates forms that take cues from the vocabulary of fine jewelry, complementing her brand’s vision for artistic, stylish and integrally made designs with this debut. Baradaran’s second furniture collection will be released in Fall 2015.


Chris Barrett – Chris Barrett Design


“Growing up in Los Angeles I have always been drawn to Venice Beach. Venice Beach is, for me, a unique LA experience. It has great quirky shops, wonderful restaurants and the ocean. I love wandering around Venice on the weekends. It is so colorful in so many ways! It has greatly influenced my interior design and the look and feel of my textile collection.”


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Heidi Bonesteel and Michelle Trout – Bonesteel, Trout, Hall Interiors


“Our recommendation is to enjoy the outdoors around LA. You could take a ride along the bike path in Santa Monica from the Pacific Palisades down to Venice. Or, if you want to get out of the city, take a hike in the Santa Monica mountains. The views from the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking and trails are a wonderful escape from the noise and traffic of the city.”


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Heidi Bonesteel, Michele Trout and Jill Hall founded their interior design studio over 20 years ago, and ever since have been recognized as one of America’s most successful residential design teams. Bonesteel Trout Hall is a boutique design firm with a range of capabilities, dedicated to creating beauty for clients. Based in Pacific Palisades, the principals offer the local Southern California flair of laid-back glamour to their work, no matter where the client resides, or the project is located, across the United States.


Joe Lucas – Lucas Studio, Inc.


“One of my favorite things to do that is very LA is to go have a drink or dinner at the Tower Bar, the chic old school bar and restaurant inside the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood.  It screams Old Hollywood from the wood paneled walls and velvet banquettes to the stiff martinis and incredibly attentive Maître’D, Dimitri.”



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