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.


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.


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 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. for information

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