Alabama Chanin: Handmade Textiles & Furniture

Alabama Chanin: Handmade Textiles & Furniture

Sarah Coffey
Jul 23, 2010

Store History

  • Founded by: Natalie Chanin
  • Headquarters: Florence, Alabama

We've mentioned handmade shop Alabama Chanin before, but they're back on our radar after we spotted their textiles at the Cooper Hewitt's design triennial. Although their limited edition pieces are beyond our budget, we love looking at their collections for inspiration. Almost all furniture and accessories are upcycled and pieced together from items with a storied past.

Chandeliers are made from antique fixtures decorated with string, metal wood, and cow bone.
Pillows are hand-sewn from 100 percent organic cotton.
This Butch Anthony sculpture is made from scrap iron, cotton, wood, metal, glass, and paper.
Chairs are made from antique pieces with seats rewoven from fabric scraps.
Fabrics are embellished with hand-embroidered details.
chandelier detail
Quilts are made from antique textiles that have been restitched by hand.
Candelabras are made from repurposed found items.

Owner Natalie Chanin is primarily a fashion designer, but she works with local artisans in her howntown of Florence, Alabama to make textiles and pieces that can be used for the home as well. All pieces are signed and numbered by the artists who created them.

The Cooper Hewitt describes the collections well: "The pieces from Alabama Chanin's 2009 and 2010 collections are made from organic cotton with quilting, appliqué, and embroidery techniques from the Depression-era South. The garments are imbued with memory and nostalgia, representing a continuum between traditional and contemporary practice."

Photos: Alabama Chanin

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