In the event you ask Brendan Kramer and Nisha Mirani which product most precisely displays their textile studio Sunday Monday, they may simply say Kanso, the designers’ current and first full pillow assortment. Past the studio’s design values, Kanso additionally represents Kramer’s Japanese heritage and Mirani’s Indian heritage. The gathering is known as after one of many seven ideas of Japanese zen philosophy, “kanso,” which refers back to the elimination of muddle so as to promote well-being. Whereas designed in New York Metropolis, the pillows are block-printed by hand in Rajasthan, India, an homage to Mirani’s cultural background.
The block designs are first carved into native teakwood on the identical time that 100% European linen is washed, dyed, and ready for the hand-block printing. In an open air workshop positioned on a household farm, fifth era artisans rigorously imprint the designs, a manufacturing that requires a really specific skillset due to the scale of the block prints. Even adjustments in climate, particularly rain and excessive humidity, can delay the method. As soon as dried beneath the Rajasthani solar, the textiles are wash, dried, and completed.
Along with their cultural heritages, Kramer and Mirani have been impressed by Isamu Noguchi’s iconic Akari lamps for his or her elegant silhouettes and easy supplies. The architectural strains discovered within the pillow assortment are a mirrored image of the bamboo framing of Noguchi’s lamps. Adverse house highlights the wealthy colours of the dyed linen whereas the assorted dualities seen – gentle and darkish, solar and moon, circles and squares – symbolize Sunday Monday’s textile assortment.
For extra info or to buy pillows from the Kanso assortment, go to shopsundaymonday.com.
Pictures by Aaron Bengochea.