4.18.2011

"Beach Week" Giveaways -- Wolfum

To sort of celebrate my vacation -- with you guys -- I wanted to do something a little different this week...a few giveaways, with a twist. I've picked three designers that I highly respect (and whose products I own and love) and asked each of them to share what inspired them as they created their latest line. They've also each generously agreed to offer up a gift to one of you.

I'm kicking things off with Annabel from Wolfum. I am hugely fond of Annabel's interesting, modern, artful textiles. I bought two of her "Blue Love" pillows recently, and they are among my absolute favorite purchases.

Annabel has offered up a set of her "flame stitch" cloth napkins (pictured above). Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday the 24th at midnight, and I'll announce a winner when I'm back on Monday!


And without further ado, here's what's inspiring Annabel...Enjoy!


"Lokki" fabric by Maija Isola for Marimekko – I bought this fabric on eBay and then stretched it to use as wall art. It is a perfect example of how a simple shape is made wonderful through color and proportion. Clean, organic, balanced and totally modern. I admire this recipe.


Architecture in Nature -- Whenever I’m designing, it helps to imagine the homes in which I see my product. This is my favorite home, all nestled in the woods. It is so quiet yet makes quite a statement.


Family -- These are my paternal grandparents when they were first courting. He was Italian and imported textiles; she was a New York socialite. They were both very eccentric and strong willed and I love how they complimented and contradicted each other. He inspires texture and vibrancy while she evokes order and etiquette.


Alexander Girard – So much to love! His work is prolific, his colors are surprising and his designs find that perfect balance of sophistication and quirk. The folk art elements remind me of my childhood and the use of print with product serves as the roots of Wolfum.


Kelly Wearstler -- "living without color is like living without love"

71 comments:

Sarah Marguerite said...

I have been obsessing over all of the Wolfum products, just waiting for there to be an online store. But winning the flame stitch napkins would be even better!

goodlongwhile said...

You had me at marimekko! Love your inspiration list.

nkp said...

I was so taken aback the other day when you posted that gorgeous Wolfum textile--the square within a square with the orange border. I was positively stopped dead in my tracks. Honest. Well here you go again. Annabel's inspirations are hugely inspiring. Her choices are so telling of her own aesthetic. I'm simply in love with each. And may I just say, Annabel, your paternal grandparents are quite the fetching couple.

Kay said...

Ooh, love the Wolfum textiles! And the photo of her grandparents "courting"-- no one courts anymore! A lost art, sadly. :)

Have a great vacation!

Lena said...

Wow, those are beautiful textiles. I might not use them as napkins - I'd cringe with spagetti or something was mashed into them!

-- lena (parsonslena@gmail.com)

Lex said...

I love Wolfum! The prints are so light and refreshing!

labucher said...

so gorgeous, i think i'd want to frame these napkins:)

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Kristie said...

Such a great giveaway! I especially love the picture of her grandparents. So very hip in all white!

betsy said...

Love the napkins and so inspired by architecture in nature as well.

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Susannah said...

Simply lovely napkins - I <3 them!

Georgia and Jordan said...

super fun napkins!!!

welliewalks said...

very inspiring! the napkins are gorgeous!

The Wizzle said...

Oh wow, we use cloth napkins all right - but we don't have any that look like those! Gorgeous!

I am completely smitten with the photo of the grandparents. I just love old photos of elegant people from years gone by. What a wonderful, beautiful, ever-changing world!

crystal.bassett said...

Love your 'guests' and the the giveaway.

Sarah Bradley said...

I love the designs and have been such a fan for sometime! Thanks for hosting!

P.S. Love the image of the grandparents!

mv said...

Absolutely anazubg textiles! I would probably have to use them for something besides napkins...too pretty to get dirty:)

Mollie said...

Just amazing! What a great way to start the Monday morning!

Rosa said...

I've been wanting some cloth napkins, but haven't found any ones I like - these are adorable! Way better than paper towels.

gina said...

Oh how beautiful....they would be so perfect for our family as we're trying to go a little 'greener'. I just got some lovely napkin rings as a gift that these would look fantastic in!

Sarah said...

Beautiful napkins! We are about to move and these would help make meals in our new place special.

Leah said...

Love the favorites and the napkins!

anna said...

I love those napkins. And I love the Kelly Wearstler quote.

Kelly and Kelly said...

wow, I love seeing the inspiration behind an artist's work.

Annie said...

Gorgeous patterns!

brooke said...

Pretty napkins!

jillian said...

love the list, love your textiles!!!!!

julie machen said...

Wolfum...amazing. Annabel's grandfather would surely say Belissimo!
And frankly so do I. Ciao!

Torrie said...

How very nice of you!! Have a wonderful time on your vacation :).

courtney said...

Love love love!

amy said...

Beautiful!

sassy said...

Beautiful napkins and I love the inspiration :)

V said...

What a fantastic photo of your grandparents! Your grandmother was so beautiful. Can you tell us more about this photo/them?

Kate said...

Love the napkins--but covet Annabel's grandmother's gams! And great style too.

Kate said...

EEEE! Wolfum designs are delicious. I mean, the furniture on their site...I covet everything. Those napkins may be to pretty to use though...

(miss.kate.evans@gmail.com)

Jeannine said...

Yummy....some style to add to daily life with four boys in my house!!Order and etiquette might be a tall ask but wow we'll look goodxxxx

kikster1218 said...

lovely print on those! the fabric she stretched is just amazing.

pulchrabliss(at)hotmail(dot)com
-krista

Sarah said...

Gorgeous!

Plan and Play said...

Beautiful napkins... The print is just lovely.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Oh love love love!

Caroline said...

beautiful napkins!!

Megan Taylor said...

Even that house in nature looks like a textile. Sometimes I imagine I'm a visual artist when I'm out in the woods or in a garden...even a museum! I pick out all the things that will inspire me back at my studio. My fictional studio, of course...

xoxo

kreutzerinc said...

Amazing, just started reading your blog and I am totally addicted!

Katie said...

Oh my, such a lovely prize! I adore that fabric. I could use it as napkins, but I may even think about sewing it into pillows. Terrific. Thanks to Annabel for the giveaway, and thanks to you, Joslyn, for hosting! Enjoy your vacation.

melissanearandfar said...

living without colour is like living without love - so true

Anna said...

These are great prints. And I love the Girard prints, too. Inspiring all around.

19628032-6aa3-11e0-8ab2-000bcdcb2996 said...

love the Kelly Wearstler quote... so true!
thanks for the giveaway... was just contemplating only using cloth napkins.

-purplepyxie@yahoo.com

Dotty D said...

Love the textiles.....great wonderful prints.

paula said...

what a beautiful list. Have I ever mentioned I have a soft spot for napkins especially ones as stunning as these!

Heather Taylor said...

Living without color is like living without love is my favorite line in that book! xo

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

love the b/w image of Annabel's grandparents and how she describes them....a dynamic duo indeed.

Irina said...

Beautiful list and amazing prints. Thank you for the giveaway.

Allie said...

These are so lovely! And the inspirations get the wheels turning in my head about how to make a statement with color-- or its absence. Thank you for sharing other blogs you read with us!

Laura said...

So pretty! I'd love to win.

Kayna said...

Please!

Love the grandparents photo!

Hello, I'm Emily Clare. said...

What great inspiration! I love old photos - her grandparents were quite a couple!

Paige said...

These are beautiful! I'm going to study graphic design in college, and textiles also really interest and inspire me.

Frédérique said...

My new fashion "icone" lubie...kelly weastler
i love her style & her blog !!!
i made also a little post on her for a while...

Sally said...

I can't wait for the Wolfum shop to open! Thanks for introducing me to their textiles. I'm now obsessing over new pillows and napkins!

RAENOVATE said...

what inspiring inspirations. i want those napkins!

Lizzy said...

What lovely napkins, I love all the designs.
I also enjoyed looking at the pic of her grandparents.

Lauri said...

Love it!

Jennie said...

These fabrics are amazing!

sk said...

GORGEOUS!! And, I really love old pictures of my family too :) I love to see what they wore....

Meredith said...

cool! trying to get rid of paper napkins

curiouscovetous said...

obsessed with all things wolfum!!

IOOF said...

very cute.

Meg said...

So gorgeous!! Love hearing what inspires these artists.

Jill said...

Thank you for the giveaways and for exposing us to these great artists!

Post Box Press said...

What a great idea, Joslyn! We only use cloth napkins at our house...small luxuries :)

Katia said...

We love these.

Taryn said...

What a lovely way to elevate every-day dining!