Best Throw Pillows 2009

Best Throw Pillows 2009

Maxwell Ryan
Nov 18, 2009

Clockwise from uppper left: BluDot, Thomas Paul, Orla Kiely & Alexander Girard

During the Room for Color Contest (see all our entries here), many readers learn that one of the best ways to experiment and add color without painting or spending a lot money is to add throw pillows. Good throw pillows are hard to find, however, and it's nice to find ones that offer unique patterning, rich colors and something that you just won't see in any one else's home.

Ta da! I'm here to help, with my updated Best Of list complete with sources and picks in a range of prices and styles. Enjoy, pass it on, and if you've know of a great one I've missed, email me "PILLOWS" at

>> Marimekko Concept Store (Scandinavian)
>> Ferm Living Silk Pillows (directional)
>> Orla Kiely's Knit and Printed Pillows (modern)
>> BluDot Accent & Bolster Pillows (modern)
>> Orinomo Pillows at Anthropologie (world)
>> DWR Maharam Pillows (modern)
>> Alexander Girard Pillows @ Urban Outfitters (Mid-C Modern)
>> Sylvie Guyiesse (vintage)

Thomas Paul, Unison & Loolo

>> Judy Ross Pillows (contemporary)
>> John Robshaw Pillows (world)
>> Maharam Modern Classics Collection (eames, nelson....)
>> Madeline Weinrib Pillows (world)
>> Jonathan Adler (glam)
>> Thomas Paul (directional)
>> Dransfield and Ross (baroque)
>> Unison (clean modern)

John Robshaw

>> Looolo Natural Textiles (green)
>> Amy Butler Pillows (floral)
>> Hable Construction (vintage relaxed)
>> Lauren Saunders (coastal)
>> Wallter Pillows (formerly Fold Bedding)
>> Michelle Varian (shiny)
>> Alpana Bawa (ethnic)

Amy Butler

>> Refinery silk covered buckwheat pillows
>> Japanese Orinomo Pillows
>> Log Pillow Roundup from Etsy
>> Architecture Pillows from Amy Rosko and Mike Estes
>> Modern Pillows from Meringue Designs

>> Designers Guild
>> Imagine Throw Pillows
>> Pillow Throw Decor


The pillows above are from Rob, who sent this in: "I spoke to my mom and told her about the amazing needle-point pillows that Jonathan Adler created. Knowing she was a needle-pointing maven in the 70's, I asked her if she could make some for my red leather couch. We decided on Andy Warhol icon's and we had an artist in Cincinnati paint the images for us onto a canvas. While each took months to complete, the pillows are the centerpiece of my apartment and speak for themselves. Thanks, MOM!!!"

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