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KOEL Interiors: Places With Gorgeous Weaves

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KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Places with gorgeous weavings
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Places with gorgeous weavings

Are you ready for more yarn-filled interior inspiration? We started our series of "Scoured" 2 weeks ago, where we searched corners of the globe for beautiful interiors with yarn crafted accessories. We managed to find some pretty 'koel' places (if we could say so ourselves!) that are decked with macramé accessories, making us go [insert a million heart eye emojis here]. This week we put our detective glasses on for gorgeous weaves that have woven their way into interiors of hotels, cafes and more! We love how the weaves take centre stage in the decor, adding texture and interest to these spaces. Scroll further to get inspired... oh and do share with us if you ever chanced upon any yarn-filled spaces worth checking out!

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KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Places with gorgeous weavings
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Places with gorgeous weavings
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Places with gorgeous weavings
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Places with gorgeous weavings
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Places with gorgeous weavings
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Places with gorgeous weavings

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Photo Credits (no.2): Rodolfo Ramirez 

KOEL Interiors: Macrame-filled Commercial Spaces

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KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now

The KOEL team is always on a lookout for beautiful spaces that are filled with yarn accessories, be it in homes or commercial spaces (just imagine us as yarn interior detectives!). If you already have your hands on KOEL Magazine Issue 2, you will find a special KOEL Guide insert filled with a visual feast of spaces from hotels to restaurants that are embracing the yarn movement. Well, we tried to pack in as many yarn-spiring spaces we found in there, but there's just too many popping up across the globe. So we are filling you in with more visual treats... first up, spaces  filled with gorgeous macrame designs that will make you feel like it's summer all year round.

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KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: 3 Macramé-filled Spaces That Are Inspiring Us Right Now

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Photo Credits (no.1, left): (my) unifinished home

Stockist Highlight: Anna & Juan

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Founded by designers Josefina Eliggi and Luzius Schnellmann in 2011, “Anna & Juan” is a collective that strives to develop sustainable textiles based on the use of plant dyes. Their responsible approach to design has since resulted in a stunning suite of products of high quality, which are made available in their shop in Zurich as well as their Etsy store.  We are also pleased to stock KOEL Magazine Issue 1 in their shop, so be sure to check the shop out when you are in Zurich! 1) A one-liner about your store? How would you summarise it for someone who’s never been?

Anna & Juan is a sustainable textiles and naturally-dyed yarn shop and studio, offering different kinds of hand-dyed yarns, knitting and crochet needles and notions, specialized magazines, handcrafted textile products, and even classes.

2) Bestselling item in the store?

Aside from our crochet hooks that are made of beech wood and produced in Switzerland, one of our best-selling items in the store is the Plant Dyed Cashmere Merino yarn — soft and warm, ideal for baby clothes and accessories.

3) What is something you never expected when you opened the shop?

We had three pop-up stores in Lucerne, before moving to Zurich. Zurich is bigger than Lucerne, and we had almost immediate acceptance. We were surprised by how quickly the workshops and classes were sold out, and by how people kept coming back. We have customers of all ages and from different countries. Also some of our customers became good friends and great supporters of our project.

4) Any funny experiences with customers?

Although our names are Josefina and Luzius, many people call us “Anna” and “Juan”!

KOEL Stories | Stockist Highlight: Anna & Juan

5) Other than your shop, what is another shop you would say is a must-visit?

The area where Anna & Juan’s shop is located, is close to Ida Platz - a charming little square surrounded by bars, restaurants and nice small boutiques. Two of our favourite shops are Duplikat, a stationery and book store with a beautiful selection, and Norkind, a wonderful store with curated household goods that is owned by a couple of designers.

6) Thoughts on the yarn trend?

Usually we don’t follow trends, at least not consciously. We started developing this project five years ago while Josefina was doing her Masters. If we would have followed what seemed to be the “future” of textiles back then, we would now be working with LED lights. But we decided to follow our guts, and instead we turned to traditional processes with a modern approach. We are mostly inspired by independent designers and artists’ work, which we like to follow through social media.

7) What was your motivation to open your shop?

Josefina used to have a small clothing company back in Argentina. Luzius has a background in graphic design and illustration. We met at a sustainable summer school in Germany in 2010 and later on decided to do something meaningful and take responsibility as designers. We started studying natural dyes and local materials like wool, linen and dyeing plants that would grow easily in Switzerland. We love textiles, especially hand-made ones. Textiles tell stories. The experience of learning something new, being in contact with material (yarn, thread, fabric, color) instead of staring solely at a screen, and also sharing this passion of ours with other people is both inspiring and powerful.

KOEL Stories | Stockist Highlight: Anna & Juan

Photo credits : Anna & Juan

KOEL Interiors: Crochet Accessories for the Modern Home

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A modern-looking crochet proves to be a dime dozen. Search up “crochet” on Google and what you’ll find is a flurry of bright images, with colour combinations that bring you right back to the 80s. Crochet, which literally means “hook” in French, is deemed less popular than their other fibre art counterparts like weaving and knitting. They too, have lesser patterns available as compared to the rest. This makes it much more a rarity to find solid choices of contemporary crochet pieces.

The one factor that sets a modern crochet work apart is the colour palette. Most, if not all, modern crochet pieces are made mono or duo toned. Often times these crochet works adopt neutral palettes, which makes it incredibly flexible for styling. Minimal colour units also ensure and enhance the clean look that one might want to achieve for an updated finish. With that said, the beauty of crochet (and fibre art in general) lies in its versatility. Crochet can be created and interpreted in various forms and sizes — so it’s really no cause of concern if you wish to incorporate crochet into your home, regardless of the interior setting. We’ve dug deep to find you inspiring interiors with crochet pieces, and may have struck gold with these ones.

KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Crochet Accessories For the Modern Home
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Crochet Accessories For the Modern Home

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Crochets are usually found in rounded forms. There is no right and wrong when it comes to the size of a crochet piece — it just depends on how bold you want it to be. Crochet can be worked into the home as a stool cover, a cushion, subtle as a seat support, or more commonly, displayed in larger variations like the rug.

KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Crochet Accessories For the Modern Home
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: Crochet Accessories For the Modern Home

No. 3 & 4

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Maintain the modernity of your interiors by sticking to similar tones and you’re well on your way to creating the perfect crochet-loving home.

Featured image via Stijlvol Styling

KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right

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With the resurgence of yarn crafting, there really is no exception as to where yarn can be found these days. We love the fact that even the kids’ rooms aren’t spared from the knitted, crocheted or woven fibers — because truly what it does is to amp up the coziness factor. Seeing is believing, so have a lovely scroll through these pleasantly cheerful interiors. 

KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right

No. 1 & 2

To keep the fun for the kids, limit to just one or two yarn accessory per nook.

KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right

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We strongly recommend having a neutral colour scheme to create a classic, understated appeal but by all means, have some fun with colours. We’re loving these hues, perfect for the summer.

KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right

No. 4

Why not swap the regular rug for a sweet, vintage vibe. This pastel crochet circle works well against a clean, modern backdrop.

KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right
KOEL Stories | KOEL Interiors: These Kids Rooms Get Styling with Yarns Right

No. 5 & 6

Functionality ranks high in a space for kids. Everything should have a dual purpose. Besides being stylish, the favorited knit blanket helps keep the young’uns safe and warm, while the pouf is an excellent alternative to a stool.

Featured image by The Animal Print Shop