Andrew Corrie & Harriet Maxwell Mcdonald
New York City
English couple and designers Andrew Corrie and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald opened Canvas after the success of their Soho store, Ochre, and their desire to create a more accessible and affordable brand that celebrated the talents of a variety of craftspeople.
In 2005 English designer and Aid to Artisans board member Andrew Corrie and his partner opened Ochre, the Soho purveyor of beautiful, high-end furniture and accessories. The store's success, combined with years of traveling to craft fairs and interacting with talented craftspeople, gave Corrie the idea to create Canvas, a more affordable, yet no less beautiful line of sustainable, fair trade products.
Canvas' collection includes ceramics, wooden objects, textiles, accessories and furniture for the home created by artisans and craftsmen from the US and abroad. The look is soft, unstructured and subtle for a "simple, sustainable style."
As stated in this interview with ShelterPop, what makes Canvas so interesting are the stories behind all the products:
Corrie believes helping people help themselves is the key to building a better, more sustainable world. Canvas's reach is widespread as a result: The bath towels are made by a weaving cooperative in Southern India; gold glazed bowls are made in Peru; paper mache bins are made in Haiti and alpaca throws are made by a group of female weavers run by Marcela Contrera, general manager of Weavers and Designers.
"The groups we work with are local people who happen to have skills in a certain craft," says Corrie. "Frequently there is an amazing skill level that the participants already have, for instance, textiles in India." The goods are bought at market price, which is typically more expensive, but Corrie believes that customers are willing to pay for timeless, well-made and unique products.
We also stand behind Corrie and Canvas' mission to "make beautiful things that people will keep for a lifetime... We want to make something that lasts, gives pleasure, and most importantly, won't end up in a landfill." We couldn't agree more.
The Canvas Collection can be found within the Ochre store in Soho or online.
Favorite Items: 16" Round Felt Cushions, the Birch Bowls, and the Felt picture frames.
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