Featured Designer: Salt labs

We have had maps on the brain since posting our map trend report back in August so I couldn’t wait to share these stunning pillow covers from Salt labs. Salt labs is a “small Detroit, Michigan-based design studio producing a variety of original products for the home but primarily focusing on digitally-printed textiles – handmade into pillows.”  Their patterns are “often sourced from collected vintage illustrations, maps and nautical charts and reinterpreted for the contemporary home. Salt labs uses responsible environmental processes and local and US sourcing.”

The founder, Robbi, named the studio after her origins and interests. “Salt: it’s indigenous to Michigan and part of our local legacy in Detroit. The Detroit Salt Company still mines salt under the City of Detroit. We live with a virtual city of salt under our feet. Labs: to describe my “experimental” interest in combining, testing and trying all things new – or old, for that matter – just for the fun of it. No scientific stuff here.” Robbi’s enthusiasm for maps comes from her years of traveling and the tactile nature of paper maps. You can purchase these beautiful pillow covers on their website or their DIY kits on their etsy store.

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