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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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22
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

http://nickeykehoe.com/

“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

http://www.natashabaradaran.com/

“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

http://www.chrisbarrettdesign.com/

 

“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

http://www.bonesteeltrouthall.com/

 

“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.

http://lucasstudioinc.com

 

“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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