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Artists Take the Reins in Hunter Douglas’s New Design Studio Collections

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Artists Take the Reins in Hunter Douglas’s New Design Studio Collections


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For textile designer Seema Krish, a collection look book often reads more like a journal of her travels, with each pattern designed as though it were a souvenir of faraway landscapes. Launching today, her latest debut, a collection of seven fabrics for custom window treatment maker Hunter Douglas, follows the same itinerary.

Indeed, Krish’s patterns are well traveled—from the tightly zigzagged Waves pattern, “reminiscent of the ebbs and flows of the ocean that I have experienced in Goa, the Maldives, or at home at Ocean Beach in San Francisco,” as Krish puts it, to Tangle’s embroidered climbing vines, which draw from the greenery in her parents’ garden in Bangalore, India. (Other fabrics from her studio, which have been known to star in the Kit Kemp–designed Firmdale Hotels, where they colorfully upholster the guest rooms’ statement headboards, also share these globe-trotting sensibilities.) “The hope is to spark a memory of travel or a distant culture while bringing quiet beauty to our living environments,” Krish adds.

Seema Krish’s seven-pattern collection with Hunter Douglas.

Photography courtesy Hunter Douglas

Expanding on Hunter Douglas’s Design Studio Featured Artist series, which launched in 2019 with textile designer Rebecca Atwood, Krish’s new fabrics will be available in side panels, drapery, and Roman and roller shades. And akin to their travel inspirations, there’s a calming and rejuvenating quality about Krish’s patterns. Take the brightly hued Floret design, for example, where the repetition of bold motifs lends a soothing effect.

Throughout the collection, Krish renders her patterns through a mix of embroidery and screen printing. “We tried to evoke the meditative quality of hand-block-print textiles and aimed to create depth and dimension by the layering of techniques,” she shares.

Visual artsit Marcie Bronkar’s collection includes two signature embroideries: August (top left) and Grand Fleur (bottom left).

Photography courtesy Hunter Douglas

A similar dimensional consideration served as the foundation for New York–based visual artist Marcie Bronkar’s seven-pattern collection, the second Featured Artist launch on Hunter Douglas’s docket this season. Familiar patterns, such as the flora-derived Laurel and Lily prints, are translated through Bronkar’s painterly lens. Tonal variations, as though the result of a watercolor brushstroke, add depth to the designs, while the collection’s August and Grand Fleur patterns take shape through embroidery.

“I’ve always been passionate about shapes, light, pattern, texture, and color, which is something I try to include in all of my work,” says Bronkar, who spent years culling through museum archives while working alongside curators at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Historical artwork and objects remain musings in her work today. The designer also adds that she always seeks “an element of surprise.”

In addition to Hunter Douglas’s window treatment assortment, Bronkar’s collection will be available fabric by the yard, as well as pillows—a delightful surprise indeed.



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