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.

Explore Tissage

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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Sep 15

Q&A: Joe Lucas dishes on expanding the Harbinger family

As the energy builds for the opening of our first boutique in Harbinger’s new Harbinger by Hand space, we caught up with Joe Lucas to get his thoughts on curating his showroom and mixing his East coast roots with his West coast lifestyle. Having started his design firm in 2005 and opening Harbinger three years later, Joe has a wealth of experience, fresh style, and an appreciation for quality and craftsmanship that make Harbinger one of the hottest shops in LA. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Joe and to be a part of Harbinger by Hand.

How do you mix East and West Coast style in your aesthetic?

I try to balance my East Coast roots with my West Coast influence in each project as well as with the look of my showroom, Harbinger. I tend to mix more traditional shapes with modern textiles and carpets. The size of homes in California allows us to play with scale and gives you more freedom to get creative.

Harbinger showroom.

Harbinger showroom.

What is the role of social media in your business?

I am hooked on Instagram for sure. Both my personal account @Joeyluke, which I use for fun and for my design work, and my @HarbingerLA account that is focused on the products and style of the showroom. Instagram is not only fun but gives me a great outlet to share what is inspiring me or just my favorite things and my travel with people. And it’s a great way to show clients what’s new and exciting.

How do you discover new lines to carry at Harbinger?

I’ve found new lines so many different ways. I have discovered a few small boutique collections via Instagram, from fabric and wallpaper to smaller decorative pieces like Concrete Cat and Cody Hoyt Pottery. There are certain vendors that I know aren’t represented in LA and I go and beg them to come with me because I love their product so much.  Some fabric designers come to me because they have heard great things about Harbinger. It’s such a treat when someone calls and says “Harbinger is the only showroom I want to be with in LA.”  Who could ask for anything better?

Concrete Cat.

What lead to the creation of Harbinger by Hand?

When the small space next door became available I knew I had to jump on it. I was running out of space and really wanted to add a space that focused on a more curated collection of hand made product to highlight the craftsmanship and talent of the vendors we see everyday. I wanted a major player to be the anchor of the new venture and Merida was at the top of the list because of the company’s innovation, creativity and focus on product handmade in America.

A Merida loom in Fall River, MA.

Hand painted silk from Fromental.

Who or what is inspiring you right now?

I am always inspired by the craftsmanship of small product designers. I think that is what made me want to open Harbinger By Hand. Seeing want can be done at the Merida mill in Fall River was amazing when I toured the facility.  The more I learn about the endless possibilities with my other new partners like Lance Wovens, Moore & Giles and Fromental, the more I am inspired to be more creative in my design projects.

French painting with Jennifer Shorto Textiles wallpaper.

A sneak peek of Merida's latest collection, Tissage.

Joe Lucas and Merida's Creative Director Roxanne Hanna in Merida's Fall River Facility.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

It would be hard to make it through the day without coffee, I’m not going to lie. But I think I would take my dogs Fred and Harry over coffee any day.

Fred and Harry

20 years ago if someone had told you this is what you would be doing, what would you have said?

I wasn’t born yet twenty years ago!  Oh wait you said twenty…ok fine. I would probably say “Really?  Ok I can deal with that.  As long as I can be creative and have fun everyday then I am good with it!”


Follow @Harbinger LA on Instagram and @MeridaStudio on Instagram and Facebook for the latest on Harbinger by Hand and Merida’s newest collection, Tissage.