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Apr 16

The Story Behind the Stairs: Naomi Watts’ Apartment by Ashe+Leandro

photo: Douglas Friedman/Architectural Digest

Last month Architectural Digest featured Naomi Watts’ NYC apartment renovation project designed by Ashe + Leandro. During this project Ashe + Leandro came to us to create a bespoke runner on a unique set of stairs. The motif was derived from our collaboration with the duo on a new line of hand-woven sisal and suede rugs.

Both the runner and the new collection were inspired by vintage Tuareg rugs. Since a handwoven rug would obviously not be appropriate for a lengthy runner on a curving staircase, we created a versatile motif in wool that makes a bold statement while also serving as a neutral.

We started by recommending a wool woven construction similar to some our Tailormade rugs. Tailormade is a popular choice for stair runners due to its durability and low profile. Working with the Jacquard loom allowed us to weave exactly the size we needed for each individual stair, in-house, with minimal waste. The field was a blend of two colors of undyed wool, our Fawn and Beige. The motif was undyed wool in the color Loam, a dark earthy gray with a hint of brown.

Since the project was a new renovation, we started with the staircase architectural plans. Working from the plans allowed us to design a rug section to fit each specific stair. Upon visiting the site we realized that the built staircase differed from plans and the builder had made an onsite change to flare out the bottom four stairs. Our Service and Installation Director Bob Margies worked with Ashe+Leandro and our textile designers to make the motif just the right size to fit on the risers and determine exactly how much total material to weave.

Bob Margies and Reinaldo Leandro determined that tailoring the margins to stay consistent as the steps widen, rather than using a standard runner width, was the best option for finishing the rug. Margies mocked up the layout with painter’s tape to confirm the concept.

Material for each stair was cut out and installed individually by one of our trusted installers. As with all of the installation projects we manage, Margies personally qualified him. Adding to the challenges was the fact that the client had come in on a redeye flight the morning before the install, so we needed to work quietly for several hours.

The install went smoothly and all parties were thrilled with the results. As Margies put it, “Working with the right people makes it easier. To have every step cut, hemmed, shaped, and installed on site — not a lot of companies have this ability or expertise. I can’t stress enough the advantages of including us at the beginning of a project. With our carefully vetted network of installers and our 20 years experience in weaving we can help you realize your design vision and expand your idea of what’s possible with rugs and installations.“

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6
Apr 16

From the desert tent to the modern home – Q&A with Ashe + Leandro


In late 2014, New York design duo Ashe + Leandro approached Merida about translating a vintage Tuareg rug pattern to a custom rug for a client project. We had been looking to expand our handwoven rug category, and Ashe + Leandro were long-time clients whose esthetic we love. Our design team saw an opportunity to do something truly inventive that combined sisal and suede — and a collection was born.

We visited interior designer Ariel Ashe and architect Reinaldo Leandro in their Soho studio to discuss the inspiration behind the collection and the role rugs play in their client projects.

Q: How long have you been fascinated with Tuareg rugs?

A: We started collecting Tuaregs a few years ago . We love using them in our projects, but they’re awkward sizes and really expensive.

Aires in Black

Q: What sparked the idea of creating a modern version of a traditional rug?

A: We were designing Naomi Watts’ apartment and we wanted to use a Tuareg, but it needed to be a specific size. So we contacted Merida and asked what we could do. Roxanne reached out to their weaving partners in Brazil, who were testing a kilim construction using sisal and suede and could weave it to size. We sent them sketches and they came back with all these amazing samples.

Touro in Black Pearl

Q: This is your first design collaboration. What was it like to partner with Merida on this collection?

The collaboration was natural — we work with them on every project and love their company. They take pride in everything they do and the craftsmanship is wonderful. The design team has amazing ideas and wonderful expertise. Roxanne also has great style and taste and her ideas complemented ours perfectly.

Q: How would you compare your design POV with Merida’s?

We always aim for narratives that reference design and culture. Merida is interested in beautiful textures and also uses nature and history as influences and driving forces behind the design.

Leao in Honey

Q: What role do rugs play in your design process? In what spaces would you use the rugs in this collection?

Rugs can either make a statement or work as a neutral base to layer everything on. This collection manages to do both. The rugs would be amazing in a dining room or living room. You can add color in the leathers for some extra interest or keep them neutral and more grounding.

Q: What mattered most to you about how the rugs were made?

We were interested in the sustainability of the materials and the weavers themselves. Merida holds a high standard of craftsmanship and respect for the fabricators. The enthusiasm and vision of their Brazilian weavers played a big part in this collection, and they were part of the collaboration.

Gemeos in Natural

Q: What was the most exciting part about working on this collection?

Apart from collaborating with a talented team, just seeing the rugs come to fruition is very exciting. Drawing something on paper and then seeing a large sample is such a wonderful feeling. Much like designing a home, from start to finish.

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9
Dec 15

Merida and Joe Lucas Host a Private Dinner in NYC

Following the opening of our new boutique showroom space inside Harbinger by Hand in LA, we — alongside Joe Lucas — took the celebration to the East Coast with dinner, drinks, and friends at a private residence on Broome Street in NYC. Over 50 of our clients joined us for the festivities, as well as Fromental and Lance Wovens — two of our neighbors at Harbinger by Hand.

Harbinger by Hand is an expansion of Joe Lucas’ already well-curated showroom, Harbinger, focusing on companies who are dedicated to craftsmanship and innovative design. We wanted to bring our celebration to the east coast and round up a diverse yet like-minded group in the spirit of partnership.

The catering by The Cleaver Co. was casual and elegant, just right for a charming dinner party among friends. The Cleaver Co.’s mission is to support the regional food and farm economy, sourcing nearly everything from local farmers and producers. Their focus on quality and the details behind creation of the final product resonated with us.

Merida’s East Coast Business Development Director, Siobhan Kelley, reflected on the party’s lively atmosphere: “Being at a private residence created an intimacy you don’t always find in the city. Everyone was really able to come away inspired by new connections and insightful conversation.”

Joe Lucas of Harbinger with Catherine Connolley, Siobhan Kelley, Roxanne Hanna, and Zairo Cheibub of Merida.

Roxanne with Alex Gaston and Mark Cunningham of Mark Cunningham Inc., and Ariel Ashe of Ashe + Leandro.

Celerie Kemble, Catherine, and Malcolm James Kutner.

Becky Birdwell of RH Birdwell, Lee Ann Thornton of Lee Ann Thornton Interiors, and Melissa Mittag of Fromental.

Shawn Henderson, Katrina Hernandez of Hernandez Greene, and Andrew Law

Nicki Clendening of Scout Designs NYC and Anne Maxwell Foster of Tilton Fenwick.

Matt McKay of Sawyer Berson, Sydney Maag, and Zak Profera of ZAK + FOX.

Lindsey Coral Harper of Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors.

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28
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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