Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thomas Paul.

Thomas Paul was born and raised in New York City. He got his start in the fashion business working as an intern at DKNY in the mid-nineties after graduating from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in textile design. While working as a colorist and designer for a silk mill specializing in neckwear and scarves, he worked on neckwear collections for such designers as Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, and DKNY. This eventually led to the creation of his own neckwear collection, the short-lived digities in the late 90's. From this was born the start of the thomaspaul pillow collection, launched in 2001, which was originally conceived of as an idea of utilizing the silk printing mill's capabilities for home accessories instead of personal accessories. Since then the line has steadily expanded into other categories apart from silk pillows to include tabletop, stationery, and lamp shades. The ultimate goal being to have products covering every aspect of the home, all with Thomas Paul patterns gracing them.

I love the colours and the choice of graphics. There is a little nostalgic feel when you look at his work. My favourite without a doubt is the Oology pillow. I love how a bird's nest looks; so rustic and sometimes you might find something unexpected waiting for you (like speckled eggs, maybe something someone lost or in the saddest case, a plastic wrapper.) Life is sometimes too expected; too mundane. We constantly need surprises. 

Some of these pillows have very refreshingly different graphics from the usual boring prints and patterns. It is sure to command a second or even a third look from your house guests.

Oology Front.

Oology Back.

Herbarium Front.

Herbarium Back.

Sarah in Beet.

Greyhound in Dove.

Blossom in Indigo.

Damask in Moss.

Matryoska in a lumbar pillow.

Matryoska as a square pillow.

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