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


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

Elle Decor Spotlight-Lapchi’s Oboshi

April 14, 2010
Oboshi Site Spotlight Elle Decor-4.10

Elle Decor selects Lapchi's Oboshi

Elle Decor April 2010

Elle Decor April 2010 Issue

Lapchi’s Oboshi was selected by Elle Decor for the April 2010 issue “Site Spotlight”

We appreciate the mention Thank you!


True to tradition, Oboshi blends the superb dramatic scale of Kabuki and Noh theater design with the silent contemplations of Buddhist meditation.

Lapchi’s Oboshi was derived from a fragment of “Nui Shibori”, a 400 year old Japanese textile tradition of patterning by “resisting” colored dyes through sewing, wrapping and clamping fabric prior to immersion. The labor intensive “Oboshi” technique refers to patterns created by pulling tiny hand picked stitches of cloth around a form. Both are capped before the dye bath, revealing artful patterns of distinction when dried and unfurled.

Spun and woven completely by hand, the Tibetan wools used to produce Oboshi are dyed with subtly color variations along each strand, resulting in a complex nuanced surface. Articulated additions of silk or looped wool pile echo the delicate color variations found in shibori patterned textiles. Both scale and subtlety are juxtaposed within Oboshi, giving the carpet a voice of timeless and provocative style.

Lapchi's Oboshi in Larch

Larch DD1201

Lapchi's Oboshi in Dawn

Dawn YY520

Lapchi's Oboshi in Twilight

Twilight PP113

Oboshi shown in three program colorways of 100 knot wool and 15% to 25% silk.

In Japan art is craft, and craft is art, with no hierarchy of type or form. Thus masterpieces like Oboshi can be found in the silk of a shibori kimono, as well as common implements of life and living. The art of Oboshi Shibori however, can only bloom in a culture and tradition that values a meditative handmade process over production design. With each unique shibori textile, time is surrendered to creation, the outward expression of the artists inner journey.

Oboshi BB570 Gunmetal

Lapchi’s Oboshi performs with grace and daring in environments where the art of living reflects a discerning taste able to see beyond mere surface ornament.

Oboshi is shown in four colorways, but can be customized as an expression of your inner artist.

Lapchi carpets are GoodWeave certified. For information see GoodWeave.org and lapchi.com.

To contact Lapchi Client Services: lapchi@lapchi.com / 503-239-0080


Rug Mark is changing its identity!

August 27, 2009

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As a member of GoodWeave, Lapchi allows random, surprise inspections at its factories and loom sites. The company also pays fees that contribute to the rescue, rehabilitation and education of child weavers, as well as scholarships and daycare for children at risk for illegal carpet work.

As retailers carrying GoodWeave lines, offering certified rugs in your showroom is important because child labor is a significant humanitarian problem in South Asia with over 300,000 children forced to work. When you buy a rug that is GoodWeave certified, you are part of the solution.


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