Atelier Lapchi, LA

August 7, 2013

Atelier Lapchi Hosts GoodWeave Focus Group

Published on July 30, 2013 in atelierlapchi.com News

Atelier Lapchi in Los Angeles was proud to host a dynamic focus group working to end child labor and exploitation in the carpet industry. With the aim of raising awareness and support in the Los Angeles design community, Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design teamed up with Nina Smith, the Executive Director of GoodWeave and Atelier Lapchi to kick off a high energy think tank on June 20th, 2013.

Left to Right - Nina Smith, Margret Dunne & sidekick James, Krist Nelson of KMNDesign, Andrew Neave of Lapchi LLC

Left to Right – Nina Smith, Margret Dunne & sidekick James, Kristi Nelson of KMNDesign, Andrew Neave of Lapchi LLC

Since 1995, GoodWeave has been on the forefront of the nonprofit fight to rescue, educate and rehabilitate over 1,000,000 thousand of “carpet kids” from enslavement.

Left to Right - Rafi Kalichstein of Forma LA, Shaun Thompson of Shaun Thompson PR, Julie Du Brow of Dubroworks

Left to Right – Rafi Kalichstein of Forma LA, Shaun Thompson of Shaun Thompson PR, Julie Du Brow of Dubroworks

After absorbing an in depth presentation by Nina Smith of the facts and abusive child labor practices rampant in the handmade carpet industry, a potent mix of LA interior design talents, rug industry leaders, public relations professionals, publishing and business consulting brains, tackled the facts and debated long and short term initiatives to make ethical carpet sourcing and specifying and outreach a priority.

Left to Right:  Bill Frack of LEK Consulting, Rafi Kalichstein of Forma LA, Zak Graff of Ensemble ZKG, Alex Ahmadi of Ariana Rugs, Mark Wryan of Mark Wryan Designs, Peggy Platner of Platner & Company, Delta Wright of Curated, Julie Du Brow of Dubroworks, Shaun Thompson of Shaun Thompson PR

Left to Right: Bill Frack of LEK Consulting, Rafi Kalichstein of Forma LA, Zak Graff of Ensemble ZKG, Alex Ahmadi of Ariana Rugs, Mark Wryan of Mark Wryan Designs, Peggy Platner of Platner & Company, Delta Wright of Curated, Julie Du Brow of Dubroworks, Shaun Thompson of Shaun Thompson PR

Moderated by Kristi Nelson and Bill Frack of LEK Consulting, the guests discussed the issues of child abuse, human trafficking, and the human cost of unchecked labor practice. Aware that simply writing a check is not enough, and using their pooled contacts, industry and multi media savvy and out of the box thinking, the team are forming plans to effect change in our industry – and have a great time doing it! We will be hearing more from this committed and compassionate group in the months to come.

Nina Smith - Executive Director of GoodWeave,  Kristi Nelson of KMNDesign

Nina Smith – Executive Director of GoodWeave, Kristi Nelson of KMNDesign

Lapchi’s core values are creativity and quality with a conscience, and we are delighted to be a part of this initiative.

Kristi Nelson is a talented and enthusiastic long term Lapchi client, and has made a commitment to GoodWeave and the fight to end child slavery, abuse and bonded labor in Nepal, India and Afghanistan. “Using child labor in the production of Luxury goods such as high-end, handmade carpets is unacceptable to me as an interior designer and a mother. Thanks to organizations like Goodweave, designers can specify products that are socially and ethically responsible.” Kristi can be contacted via email.

Since 1995, GoodWeave has been on the forefront of the nonprofit fight to rescue, educate and rehabilitate over 1,000,000 thousand of “carpet kids” from enslavement. For more information please visit GoodWeave.org and please join with us in eradicating child labor!

The first round of champion players are: 

Alex Ahmadi, Ariana Rugs
Julie Du Brow, DubroWorks
Margret Dunne, Pacific Design Center
Bill Frack, LEK Consulting
Zak Graff, Ensemble ZKG
Rafi Kalichstein, Form LA
Karolin Kahen, Andrew Neave, Atelier Lapchi Staff
Joanne Medeiros, Elle Decor
Kristi Nelson, KMNelson Design
(with team Channon, Leeann, and Shenee)
Peggy Platner, Platner and Company
Shaun Thompson, Shaun Thompson PR
Delta Wright, Curated
Mark Wryan, Mark Wryan Design
Peter Valli, PCV Photographic

Supportive players also include:

Arianne Nardo and Michael Wollinger
from Interiors Magazine
Michela O’Connor Abrams, Dwell Magazine

Photos ©2013 Peter Valli, PCV Photographic


The Colorful Carpet Life

April 6, 2013

According to the Frog “It Ain’t Easy Being Green” ….

Many of our clients, or creatives we admire, have developed their own signature palettes. The work they create, and the colors they choose, make or made them, distinctive and recognizable. An individual personality’s artistic vision has often projected itself onto contemporary culture, going on to effect market trends.

Lapchi's Feathered Carpet - Glass Objects by Esque

Lapchi’s Feathered Carpet – Glass Objects by Esque

The connection between color and commerce is nothing new, but is always fascinating to observe.  Color change is a major player in making what we own feel obsolete, and what we are offered feel like a “must have”. The zeitgeist in product design is that perfect combination of what is familiar enough to be accessible, but “new” enough to excite and define. It’s the Pavlovian response made commercial, and that is big business.

Development of color samples from projects

Client color samples. Finished carpets will be certified by GoodWeave.org

Although not immune to the siren call of mass-market taste and consumption, Lapchi developed its color palette range at the service of our individual clients vision, through their bespoke design commissions or a select custom product line. Using our small pot dying method, color can be altered and reinvented as needed, expressing exactly the pulse of the client or project.

Lapchi's Anthemion - Scaled and Colored for Drama

Lapchi’s Anthemion – scaled and colored for drama

As a result, the Lapchi color box is more similar to an artist palette than a hardware paint chart or an industry standard color range. We dye the color as we envision it so our palette is endless. A much-heralded color such as Pantone Emerald Green #17-5641 therefore can be as subtly varied as actual emeralds are.

A second variation - Mirage in Apple Green

Variation – Mirage in Apple Green

Pile heights & silk will vary color perception in a room

Pile heights & silk will vary color perception in a room

Like bijoux, silk highlights a traditional pattern

Like bijoux, silk highlights a traditional pattern

Colors are prismatic words. They express all the emotion and veracity that spoken words and music do, because they are just as powerful. Color can be the element to take us back through time. It can spark our every emotion, or challenge us to understand the complex nature between what we perceive and select. Color can reflect how we feel, and communicate what we wish others to perceive about us. It is our identity outwardly manifest or a bloom to enrich a single life.

With Custom, Range of Color & Design Samples Are Endless

A range of color and design samples from clients

Lapchi Carpets are hand-woven works of enduring beauty, with patterns derived from centuries of Art, Design and Culture. Lapchi reliably delivers products of unsurpassed quality, utilizing a sustainable process which respects the materials and honors the lives of the people who make them. For information on our Atelier Lapchi Showrooms and Select Lapchi Dealers – See us online at lapchi.com
 
Lapchi Carpets are GoodWeave Certified. GoodWeave is working to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. Please visit goodweave.org.
 

TRANSFORMATION

February 10, 2013

Towards A New Year

Sunday, February 10th, we greet the Black Water Snake, reigning sign of the 2013 New Year for students of Feng Sui.

Far from frightening, the Water Snake shimmers on the surface of cosmic waters, bringing re-birth and new beginnings to this complex year.

A snake in the house is for many a good omen, and this year’s Yin based Water Snake, transforming the brash and blustering show of last years Yang Dragon, invites us to enter an individual journey – one that profoundly effects as it unfolds within us.

"Snake, Dark" Milton Glaser for Lapchi, SMMoA  Premier

“Snake, Dark” Milton Glaser for Lapchi, SMMoA Premier

The ever prescient and legendary creator Milton Glaser, transmuted the wisdom of an animal based horoscope into lush handwoven surfaces with Lapchi, creating a carpet collection that beguiles the eye even as it speaks of wisdom, change and continued personal growth.

The Snake, Vine, Tantra and Mandala patterns reflect the qualities and questions that swirl in 2013.

"Vines, Dark" - Iridescent Waves, Vines and Boteh lighten the surface

“Vines, Dark” – Iridescent Waves, Vines and Boteh lighten the surface

As a harbinger of change, the snake represents the quest to break down resistance, rigidity, and ignorance in order to forge an enlightened future.

Standing for wisdom, intuition, contemplation, cunning and subtlety among other traits, the Small Yin Dragon or Water Snake, is a refined sensor of truth, falsehood and quality on every level.

"Tantra, Dark" - Atelier Lapchi, LA, - Paul DuPont

“Tantra, Dark” – Atelier Lapchi, LA, Paul DuPont

This does not mean that change will be easy – the Water Snake of 2013 is a unique combination of elements; feminine black-water and masculine metal-earth-fire. The complex mixture of Water Snake reads as “fire swimming under water” pointing towards a challenging metaphoric mixture ahead.

In Milton’s Snake patterns geometric elements are broken much as we are during change.

Pure enjoyment

“Mandala, Water” handknotted fine silk

The aquatic silken universe of the Water Mandala calms, focuses and defines a sacred space for our endeavors.  The microcosm of the universe is woven symbolically and metaphysically in glowing jewel tones, cooled by soothing blues.  2013 is a water year, and those enlightened pilgrims who journey over it’s depths on the back of the water snake, can embrace Lapchi’s carpets as talismans for the months ahead.

Happy New Year!


Milton Glaser for Lapchi

July 20, 2012

Lapchi paired with the Santa Monica Museum of Art to launch the world premier exhibition of  Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles.

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Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles

This special exhibition of carpets graced SMMoA’s main gallery from March 23 -29, and treated Los Angeles to a rare look at a venerated American artist, reaching new heights in a new medium.

The Milton Glaser for Lapchi Carpet Collection is very much a refection of the artist – a celebratory visual portrait of interest and enthusiasm woven in silk and wool. Lapchi hand wove sixteen of Mr. Glaser’s striking patterns, for the first time expressing this ground braking artist’s vision in luxurious and nuanced textile surfaces. This is a numbered, limited edition line of fine art carpets – a joyous meditation on form color and perception.

Applique – Handwoven in Tibetan wool by Lapchi

Inspirations range from Viennese Art Nouveau, celestial and geometric musings, to exuberant floral collages and mystical tantric mandalas. The color palettes and combinations are both fearless and subtly rich, and, like a fine art painting – each color was custom mixed by Lapchi in Nepal for this collection.  Employing Lapchi’s arsenal of weaving, dying and finishing techniques, Milton Glaser for Lapchi is a compendium of exacting details and luxury fiber, pitched to the service of cutting edge design.

GoodWeave Certified production

Milton Glaser is perhaps most widely recognized as the creator of such culturally graphic icons as: the “I (Heart) NY”, the Bob Dylan 1967 Greatest Hits psychedelic graphic, the cover artwork for Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer prize winning play “Angels in America” and the signature brand logo for Trump Vodka. Mr.
Glaser founded New York Magazine, and created the interior design scheme for the Rainbow Room in New York’ s Rockefeller Plaza along with lifetime spent designing hundreds of graphic and commercial arts projects, architectural schemes, logos, teaching, and writing numerous books. He is considered one of the most influential and renowned creative’s working in the world today.

Milton Glaser in his studio, New York

The Santa Monica Museum of Art is nestled in Southern California’s largest art gallery and cultural complex. Visionary director Elsa Longhauser enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to display Milton Glaser’s ground breaking new collection, and rescheduled two established exhibitions to make it happen. Milton Glaser, as a tribute to SMMOA and the exhibition, designed a new logo font that Lapchi wove and presented to Elsa Longhauser at the gala opening.

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Lapchi, Milton Glaser and SMMOA is a formidable triumvirate of taste, talent, and expansive vision. The exhibition did not disappoint, and the galleries were full of designers, artists and art lovers.

The collaboration with Milton is the kind of creative endeavor that makes Lapchi a preeminent hand woven custom carpet company. To conceive, launch and realize a collection of this caliber and scope is not only exciting and exceptional, but is also speaks of a company wide belief in furthering artistic growth and cultural exploration. The Milton Glaser for Lapchi Collection is about reaching beyond and elevating the commercial, to a relevant and inspirational level.

Milton Collection on display in Atelier Lapchi, Portland

The Milton Glaser for Lapchi Collection is in Atelier Lapchi, Portland, Oregon, for July and August.  Primary color ways of all 16 designs are on display until September when the collection travels to New York. Included is Fruits of Labor, designed by Milton in honor of the work of GoodWeave.org in exposing child labor in the rug business, a fundamental concern of both Lapchi and our clients.

Milton Glaser for Lapchi in Portland summer show

Thursday evening, July 19th, Atelier Lapchi with Gray Magazine, Eastside Distilling and the PBDA, hosts the design community in it’s own personal exploration of this unique collection. Joining the Portland host team is Andrew Neave, Lapchi Artistic Director and co-manager of Lapchi’s Los Angeles Showroom who worked with Mr. Glaser in the interpretations of his graphic and artistic choices.

The collection is available “to order” at Atelier Lapchi showrooms in Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Portland, and this fall through select Lapchi Private Client Showrooms across the US.

Lapchi.com for information


Lapchi Atelier-Portland

November 13, 2011

We Think It’s In the Details

How did they do it?

Since a photo is worth a thousand words, perhaps it’s best if we share a few. As mentioned in a previous post, Team Portland gathered around and did it together.

Yes, we had fun

Inventory Control Expert

Neither the First, Nor the Last…

Refinements

the “Ultimate” Break

Tackling the Technical

Atelier Lapchi, Portland, Oregon
809 NW Flanders Street @ Park
Portland, OR 97209
T – 503.719.6589
 
Hours: T-F 10-6, Sa-11-5, Monday by Appointment, Closed Sunday
 
Opened: November 29th, 2011
For information: atelier.pdx@lapchi.com
Showroom Contacts: “Sasha Goldstein”; “Meg Coulter” ; “Lauren Stockunas”
 
Lapchi Carpets are hand-woven works of enduring beauty, with patterns derived from centuries of Art, Design and Culture. Lapchi reliably delivers products of unsurpassed quality, utilizing a sustainable process which respects the materials and honors the lives of the people who make them. See us online at lapchi.com
 
Lapchi Carpets are GoodWeave Certified. GoodWeave is working to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. Please visit goodweave.org.

Lapchi – Portland, Oregon

October 30, 2011

Lapchi is deliriously happy to announce the opening of Atelier Lapchi, Portland

One of our longest journeys to fruition is complete; Atelier Lapchi Portland’s door is now open

It’s a glorious fall weekend in Oregon. The streets of NW Portland are full of people riding bikes, walking dogs and heading towards the hilly trails to the west of our new showroom, trails so close you can see the dense evergreens of the park and the beautiful homes nearby. Also to the west and east of our showroom rise both the historic and Leed Certified condominiums of the Pearl District, the Park Blocks and the Willamette Riverfront. Which of the people walking into our showroom and gasping delightedly live there? We are finding out…

Here are a few of the photo stories on the path to the showroom opening.

Atelier Lapchi buildout begins

Atelier Viewpoint East

Pacific Northwest details

A friend visiting approves

An infinite amount of light, when it’s not raining.

This is just the beginning – we will share more. No matter the long journey, right now, this instant, we are ready to work. Congratulations to everyone in Lapchi and we do mean everyone. We couldn’t have created such a beautiful, lovely working space for design clients and friends if the entire company had not banded together in support.

Kerry and John enjoy the moment

Atelier Lapchi, Portland, Oregon
809 NW Flanders Street @ Park
Portland, OR  97209
T – 503.719.6589
 
Hours: T-F  10-6,   Sa-11-5,  Monday by Appointment, Closed Sunday
 
Opened: November 29th, 2011
For information: atelier.pdx@lapchi.com
Showroom Contacts:  “Sasha Goldstein”, “Meg Coulter”, “Lauren Stockunas”
 
Lapchi Carpets are hand-woven works of enduring beauty, with patterns derived from centuries of Art, Design and Culture. Lapchi reliably delivers products of unsurpassed quality, utilizing a sustainable process which respects the materials and honors the lives of the people who make them. See us online at lapchi.com
 
Lapchi Carpets are GoodWeave Certified. GoodWeave is working to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. Please visit goodweave.org.

ATLA, Fall 2011

October 14, 2011

Atelier Lapchi, West Hollywood, Celebrates Change

Fall Markets in LA can be fun, but “Fall” with its variegated warm coloration, may visually exist only within showrooms in the Pacific Design Center.

The Display Stage at a Glance - Atelier Lapchi

Atelier Lapchi’s Display Stage – it’s the first glance that captures the client. Coordinating patterns command the long view and all sides of center stage.  Clients recognize in an instant installation possibilities for Manhattan Beach, Wilshire condos and a Chelsea Brownstone – bi-coastal designing being the norm these days.

2011 Fall Market Variation

Staging allows designers to visually coordinate entire homes while working comfortably in our Atelier. Samples line the walls and are easy to transport. Small stacks of standard size carpets demonstrate technique and are available for purchase yet “Bespoke” is Lapchi’s specialty — Atelier Lapchi was designed to facilitate interesting and challenging projects requiring custom production.

Texere for Lapchi Display

Displays change continuously; color and texture cues are derived from history, fashion, or simply the season. This fall, visit Atelier Lapchi in Suite G-176, the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood. It’s very difficult not to glance – so easy to enter.

Atelier Lapchi, suite G-176
8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
atelier.la@lapchi.com  310.967.0082
 
Working from home or office?  Visit lapchi.com for information and to see what’s new. Our carpets are certified by GoodWeave as child-labor free. For information visit goodweave.org

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