As you know, we've been asking designers how they spent their summers. Today we're checking in with Kristie Strasen of Place Textiles. Here's how she spent her summer—and what's in store for Fall from Place:
"I didn’t take any vacation this summer. But, after 30 years of living in the thick of the crazy activity that is Manhattan, I moved to Brooklyn Heights. I bought an apartment in an 1850 brownstone that overlooks New York Harbor including Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Staten Island Ferry and the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan. The water of the harbor is now a part of my everyday life and it is endlessly inspiring. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest with a sweeping view of Puget sound and I did not realize how much I loved and missed seeing the water until I moved to Brooklyn Heights.
So - my summer has been influenced by blue – the color of the water – the color of the sky. My few weekends out of the city have taken me to places heavily influenced by their relationship to the water – in Maine [pictured below] and in the Hamptons. And when my Brooklyn bedroom came together, it did so as a strong reflection of my love of blue. Things I have collected over the years – some beautiful blue bowls; a magnificent Inuit print of an giant blue-tailed owl; an old indigo-dyed bedcover and two exquisite bowls a friend made for me – all some manner of blue and all coming together for the first time in one room!
In October, Place has a yummy new collection coming out – produced from lamb’s wool and linen. The collection is called River Aire and is named for the river in northern England where the fabrics are woven and where the water comes from to finish the fabrics."
"The River Aire Collection has a classic blue color called “North Sea” which is a deep, moody blue. I LOVE it! I have always loved blue and I will definitely explore different permutations of it in future Place collections but right now I am very excited about the River Aire Collection and its take on blue."
See the new assortment for yourself at the David Sutherland showrooms at the PDC (Suite B182), DCOTA (Suite C-450) and at Pollock at the DDB (Floor 17). Here's a look back at some of the Moon collection we shared this Spring (http://godesigngo.com/new-product-showcase/textiles-with-a-sense-of-place/).