Ouno Design: Upcycled Decor from Vintage Materials

More beautiful, colorful and sustainable textiles: Ouno Design (pronounced "OO-no") makes gorgeous limited edition one-of-a-kind upcycled home accessories from vintage materials, including antique and modern Japanese cottons and linens, mod 1960s and '70s European graphic prints, rough wool weaves, certain early synthetics, midcentury-modern woven textiles, and sheepskin and/or wool reclaimed from vintage coats...

As they say on their website, "In the tradition of West Coast Modernism, Ouno Design incorporates Scandinavian, Japanese and ancient design influences to bring warmth and natural texture to both modern and traditional decor. The Japanese aesthetic of 'wabi sabi,' which denotes simplicity, natural imperfection and the beauty of happenstance, is an influence. We think simplicity should not be cold or exclude fantasy, tactility and imagination. These qualities are too easily omitted in modern design and interiors."

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How do they do it? First, they source vintage textiles (their preferred material because of its higher quality) from "rag houses," or warehouses that collect old clothes, bedding, curtains, homewares, and soft furnishings. They'll sift through the bales of textiles that come through and buy curtains, weavings, silk scarves, coats, cashmere sweaters, vintage bedspreads, etc. — basically "anything of high quality and intrinsic beauty." All the fabrics are then washed, reconstructed and brought back to life in new form in their studio.

The designers behind Ouno, Lindsay Brown and Sarah Gee, also write a blog that gives a little insight into the things and places that arouse their curiosity and inspire them. You can buy their designs directly through their website, or through their Etsy shop. Note: prices on the website are all in Canadian dollars!

A great resource for unique, sustainable pillows and bedspreads.