Dispatch: Heimtextil’s Standout Artisans

Dispatch: Heimtextil’s Standout Artisans

These four designers – including Beatrice Waanders, who created this stunning wall hanging – hogged the spotlight for their handcrafted coverings at Frankfurt’s all-encompassing textile show.

1 Carla Peters

Dutch designer Carla Peters crafts her contemporary designs with age-old textile production and sustainable materials. Handmade by fair-trade artisans in Vietnam, Wonderable, her latest collection of home accessories includes hemp cushions covered in embroidered mosaics of shell and horn squares as well as pillows overlaid with salvaged handle-with-care labels.

2 Beatrice Waanders

Handmade in Holland from European sheep, rabbit and goat wool, Waanders’ felt creations range from area rugs and wall coverings to blankets (some pressed with silk at the edges) and throw pillows. No two are alike and each, with its unique colouring and tufts of silky hair, celebrates the animal it comes from.

3 Unseen Products

Based in the Netherlands, Unseen Products’ goal is two-fold: to offer retailers and online shoppers with unique pieces, and to source those items – from fashion accessories to housewares – from small producers in the developing regions of such countries as Brazil, India and South Africa. Recent additions include the Forest Annual Ring mat by Meena Valail Dieter, and the Beranor leather bag by Ferry Meewisse.

4 Takaokaya

This Kyoto company began in 1919 by making futons and floor cushions with all materials cut and sewn by hand and stuffed with cotton. Its product line has expanded to include the lovely Ojami line – a stool and a matching cushion wrapped in wool, silk and hemp – as well as bed linens and hand-dyed wall coverings.

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