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Product of the Week: Rich and Unique Natural Fiber and Llama Wool Pillows

Product of the Week Rich and Unique Natural Fiber and Llama Wool Pillows
On a recent shopping excursion to Buenos Aires, we came across these beautiful and simple products made of 100% natural fibers, specifically pillows and throws. The textiles and designs are inspired by the Argentine culture and as you will see in the pictures below, this results in some pretty unique patterns and rich, bold colors.

These products bring together the materials and techniques of the indigeonous people of Argentina with the style and sophistication of designers in Buenos Aires, and are made with the notion in mind to improve Argentina's textile culture.

We carry three kinds of pillows including our "chaguar" fiber pillows, llama wool herringbone patterned pillows, and the very unique star shaped pillows. The chaguar pillows are made with natural chaguar fibers which are known for their rich natural colors and linen-like texture. They come in two sizes of 22"X12" and 18"x18."

The llama pillow is made with natural llama wool fibers, soft, rich and luxurious. The material is warm, light weight, wrinkle resistant, and durable! Comes in size 20" X 20."

Last, but not least, is our star pattern pillow. Made of rich herringbone weave of llama wool, the pillow comes in the shape of a star with a 20" diameter.

Check out the the rest of our pillow and throw collection here.

Made with love in Argentina and Peru, these one of a kind items will add a little color, texture, warmth and style to your home.

Frank Campanale

updated: 7 years ago

Product of the Week: The Classic BKF Chair

Product of the Week The Classic BKF Chair
The BKF chair, also known as the "Butterfly" chair, was born in 1938 in Buenos Aires where the Austral Group, comprised of the three architects Antonio Bonet Castellana, Juan Kurchan, and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, developed the idea of an iron framed chair with a leather hanging as support. This was inspired by the wooden framed Tripolina chair (below, top right image), which was modernized for the home from campaign chairs used by British military troops in the late 1800's.

Once developed, the chair was presented in the First Hall of Decorative Artists of Buenos Aires and won first prize. It was then discovered by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which requested three BKF chairs to be showcased. One is currently in the MoMA, a second in Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, Fallingwater, and the third one has gone missing.

Since then, the BKF chair has become the
best known Argentine design product worldwide and is quite popular in the U.S. There's even a table variation of it, which can be seen above in the lower right corner. Mostly knock-offs of the iconic design and often collapsible, we see BFK chairs today in dorms and small apartments. While many knock-offs are available, ours is the classic, manufactured in Argentina by our authorized vendor. The BKF chair comes in either a chrome or black matte frame finish with a heavy duty vaquetta leather or hair on hide seat. Fabric seat covers are also available. Check out our collection here on our website along with our Tripolina chair and BFK "Butterfly" table, and let your home be a part of design history with this mid-century modern classic!

Frank Campanale

updated: 7 years ago

Product of the Week: Our Back To School Must Haves!

Product of the Week Our Back To School Must Haves
We all know the familiar feeling of the anxious, yet excited feeling when September rolls around and school is officially in session. Whether it's purchasing your brand new fall wardrobe or decorating your dorm room, there are always essential items you need to start the year off right.

Here at Diseño, our back to school essential is our collection of leather messenger bags, tote bags, and tablet cases from Colombia. Made from top-grain leather, all of our bags are stylish, functional, and comfortable to wear.

For those of you constantly on the go, our urban messenger, zip tote, and open market bag are perfect for your notebooks, laptop, and any other miscellaneous items. All three styles come in the colors of saddle, chocolate, or black with dimensions of 16"x12"x3" for the zip tote, 13"x11"x4" for the open market bag, and 14"x12"x5" for the urban messenger bag.
If you're more tech savvy and travel often with a tablet, our tablet cases fit both iPad and Android devices and protects them from daily use. Each tablet case has zipper pockets on the outside and comes with an optional shoulder or wrist strap. You can also choose from saddle, brown, and black.
Our "eco-friendly" handcrafted messenger bag is another variation to our more traditional urban messenger bag mentioned above. These messenger bags are made from all natural and recycled materials, particularly the seeds and fibers from rainforests in Colombia! This is done to encourage recycling in Colombia and to sustain the environment. They come in a dual color flap option on the left and a solid color on the right. Make a statement while looking great!
You can find all of these bags and more on our personal accesories page here! Order them online or come into the store to give them a try. With classes right around the corner, you don't want to miss out on these great bags.


Frank Campanale

updated: 7 years ago

Product of the Week: Our Peruvian Hand-Knit Stuffed Animals

Product of the Week Our Peruvian HandKnit Stuffed Animals
Our hand-knit stuffed animals from Peru are some of our most coveted posessions because of the special meaning behind them! Started by a family called the Manuelas, these toys are a part of the project called Casa de la Mujer Artesana, which supports craftswomen from the populated and poor area of Puno, Peru by developing their knitting, commercial skills, and self-esteem. Buying each one of these adorable stuffed animals helps to improve their lives as well as yours!

The toys are either made from alpaca wool or organic cotton making them soft and easy to clean. It's the perfect gift for any young child! See our collection here and choose your favoite animal.

updated: 7 years ago

Product of the Week: Our Patagonia Stools

Product of the Week Our Patagonia Stools
Made in Buenos Aires, our Patagonia stool is one of the most popular and unique products we have. With five wood legs and a padded sheepskin seat, it's both a sturdy and comfortable seating option for any bedroom or living room. The stools actually take inspiration from an Argentine tradition of sitting in front of fires to talk and drink the local beverage, mate. The stool is the perfect height for this!

The unique design is reflective of the history and diverse region of the Patagonia area, which has several rich resources such as the lenga wood and sheepskin seen in the craftsmanship of the stool. To add more of a modern touch, the stools come in a variety of natural colors such as white, beige, grey, and black as well as dyed colors, seen below. Not suprisingly, they also have a home in the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires! The stool measures 14" wide and 16" tall. Check out the collection here!

Frank Campanale

updated: 7 years ago

Product of the Week: Alpaca Silver- Elegant home decor accessories

Product of the Week Alpaca Silver Elegant home decor accessories
Our alpaca silver products are some of our most distinct and beautiful home decor accessories. Alpaca silver, which is made of an alloy similar to that of sterling silver, offers the refined look of silver while it doesn't tarnish, stain or rust. This allows it to remain in superb condition over a period of time, making it the perfect material for our sleek, yet sturdy trays and boxes. Originally invented in Europe and known as "German Silver," this material has stood the test of time and pairs well with organic materials such as horn and bone.

Adorned with either horn or bone handles, our trays have a contemporary yet rustic look. They're a great addition to any room in the home, creating a bold statement with handsome lines and curves paired with the detailed carving of the bone and horn handles. Simple and elegant!

The alpaca silver and horn handcrafted dresser boxes are great to store jewelry or any other trinkets that need safe keeping. Choose from boxes that have hinged lids or opt for a loose lid model, both with a natural horn embedded design that adds a touch of sophistication and beauty.

Pairing alpaca silver with more natural materials makes a striking and unique combination. More boldly, see it act as more of an accent to some of our larger and more dramatic horn products such as our candlesticks and bookends. Both have a rustic, masculine, and elegant finish to them that can complement a living room, study, or dining room. These are home accents even the guys have to have!

All of the products listed above range from $50-300 and can be found here! Get these distictive statement pieces in alpaca silver today!

Frank Campanale

updated: 7 years ago

Product of the Week: Our Keith Haring Inspired Ceramic Scupltures

Product of the Week Our Keith Haring Inspired Ceramic Scupltures
Keith Haring, one of the most influential and popular American artists, has inspired Peruvian ceramic artist Christian Escajadillo to produce these colorful popart ceramics. Including figures of a cat, dog, baby, and acrobat, the sculptures add a pop of whimsical fun to any room in the house.

Perfect for a shelf or table in a kids' room, or as an accent in a living room these scupltures comes in colors red, turquoise, golden yellow, and white. Dimensions for each scuplture are as follows: PopDog (H 5"|L 9"|W 7"), PopCat (H 7"|L 7"|W 3"), PopAcrobat (H 10"|L 9"|W 3"), and PopBaby (H 5"|L 9"|W 7"). They range from $150-200 and you can find them all here in our art gallery section!

If you like what you see above, Christian does other contemporary ceramic pieces that pop as well. For example, his "Paper Turns Into Clay" Origami pieces are quite exquisite. They have sharp, angular lines, but also a clean and modern look. Great as a fruit bowl or a serving platter! Let us know what you like and we can bring them in for you with our next shipment!

See his other creations here and let us know what you think of them below!

Frank Campanale

updated: 7 years ago

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