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New Japanese-Inspired Textiles from Zak + Fox

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by Julie Carlson last modified Oct 31, 2014

NYC textile designer Zak Profera has a thing for antique kimonos ("I've been collecting old kimono stencils called katagami for a few years now," he says), and his newest collection is inspired by their intricate patterns. "I bought one initially because I thought it was much more unusual than what we typically see in Japanese textile pattern. Then I got hooked; I'm always on the hunt for the ones that feel 'unplaceable.' Some skew very tribal, each is like a silkscreen, one color per stencil, so when you're viewing them individually, there can be something beautiful and abstract in the reduction of elements." For ordering information, go to Zak+Fox , and, if you're in NYC, visit him at his new showroom at 611 Broadway, Suite 511 ("by appointment or chance"). Above: A parade of prints on display. Above: The Pazuru (Japanese for "puzzle") print is Zak's interpretation of a centuries-old kimono pattern. Above: The Kaze print features "thick brushes of color spun together and is evocative of the wind." Hollywood at Home sells the Zak + Fox Kaze West Pillow for $265. Above: The Pazuru print in matcha. Above: The Hanami print is Zak + Fox's rendition of a 19th-century cherry blossom print. Above: A detail of the Hanami print. Above: The Obi pattern was inspired by a tattered vintage sash used in traditional Japanese dress. Hollywood at Home sells the Zak + Fox Obi Pillow for $265. We've been fans for a while now; see Zak+Fox Textiles: Inspired by Exotica . More Stories from Remodelista Required Reading: Wabi-Sabi by Leonard Koren Global Spin: A Charming New Take on the Paper Lantern Geometric Japanese Furniture with Sustainability in Mind






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