Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to attend a talk at South Pacific Fabrics showroom by Lori Weitzner.
Lori is a New Yorker and has a design company based in Chelsea. I could listen to the New York accent all day. Lori gave us an insight into her background before showing us her latest designs.
At college, Lori was studying to be an artist until her teacher advised her that she would never make a living. Instead she turned her talents to textile design and ended up working for some of the best textile companies in the States. But finally she decided to go it alone and set up shop for herself.
Lori produced a white box which had a small selection of inspiration articles from her studio in Chelsea. Things like one of her grandmother’s small liqueur glasses, a sea urchin shell, a tube of paint and a small book of poetry. All these items and more adorn her studio for constant inspiration – inspiration from the past, the exotic and everyday. She explained that she loves the juxtaposition of smooth and rough, matt and shiny, dull and sparkly and tries to incorporate that in her designs.
Lori showed a range of her wall coverings including a magnetic wallcovering as well as one made from recycled maps. They are simply exquisite.
Weitzner also create beautiful textiles that engage the senses with considered use of colour and texture. There is three perspectives to the range – Smart, Handmade and Perform.
And as if that’s not enough, Lori also has designed a range of trimmings or passementerie for Samuel and Sons.
If you would like to add some of Lori’s beautiful textiles to your home, contact us to provide assistance.