Studio Blog

goop capsule collection

goop espanyolet collaboration

As all wonderful things seem to happen, a great friend connected us with the creative people over at goop and a love affair began. We were so humbled & pleased to be asked to develop an exclusive capsule collection to sell on goop.com and in their pop up shops in the Hamptons, Dallas & Los Angeles. See more about our work with goop below or read the article here.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind hand painted vintage linen | hand-formed ceramics | goop

espanyolet | goop | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind hand painted vintage linen | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | goop| cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind hand painted vintage linen | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | goop| cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind hand painted vintage linen | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | goop| cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind hand painted vintage linen | hand-formed ceramics

couch living

Designing & creating a built-in sofa of this scale was not only a wonderful project to be part of, but also opened doors to a new & collaborative way of working.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

We were thrilled to have been approached by the casita owner with an idea to transform her living room, which was still mid-renovation, from blank slate to something with a custom color. Mercedes had decided the built-in sofa should be a statement design piece in the room, and we saw an opportunity to convert this 6-meter couch from functional to something of an art piece.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

Situated at the base of the Tramuntana mountains amidst sheepbells and clucking chickens, this casita is surrounded by color: greens and yellows crawling up the vine-wrapped pergola and of the hundreds-years old succulents in the surrounding valley. It was quite an easy decision to to bring these outdoor colors in.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

First we painted the four seating cushions (measuring nearly 6 meters) varying shades of sage & ashy green. These base seating pieces all feature our signature vintage details like hand-stitched seams. And each of the 20+ pillows used as accents & for back support is unique. We chose to dial up & down each expression of goldenrod so the transition from sage to gold was seamless and elegant. No two pieces are alike.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

Working alongside Mercedes and her vision, as well as many afternoons brainstorming, measuring & installing this couch — have been a dream. And once the family moves in, the real fun will begin!

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics Working alongside Mercedes and her vision, as well as many afternoons brainstorming, measuring & installing this couch — have been a dream. And once the family moves in, the real fun will begin!

headboards

Built in the 1880s and rehabbed in the 20s, The Dux Mansion is an exquisite example of Art Deco design. The owners asked us to create headboards in keeping with the style of the home and match the rich Spanish colors throughout the floors, walls and grounds. 

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

We painted the first of our headboards with varying shades of blue: some inky and others in the neighborhood of indigo. The idea was to pick up on the variegated textures of the original terra-cotta tiles and Mallorcan marès stone walls.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

Our vintage hemp is hand stitched in Eastern Europe, and each panel is different: some have looser weaves and others quite tight & straight. These irregular textures coupled with our rough brushstrokes allow us to create completely unique & one-of-a-kind headboards.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

Read more about the General’s House here. Contact us for custom headboards & other special projects.

aubergine

This is our most daring headboard installation to date! We’re lucky to have visionary clients in Arndt & Chantal, who let us play with new ideas at every turn.
 
espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

Inspired by Belgian designer Martin Margiela’s installation in a Bordeaux lodge, we set out to make a statement piece in the couple’s master bedroom. This room has sweeping 270-degree views of the Bay of Palma and it was only fitting the headboard should be equally as breathtaking.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

The color came from a Moroccan rug Arndt & Chantal bought while we were together in Fez. So while aubergine or eggplant is not a color we normally have in our lineup, we were happy to see all the hues come together so nicely.

Read more about the General’s House here. Contact us for custom headboards & other special projects.

anthracite

 

Many grand homes on Mallorca are sweeping country estates called fincas. The Dux Mansion, however, is an urban refuge. Built as the city home for General Garau, the property touts many refined details like Art Deco ironworks and black & white tile.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

This room is especially elegant, so we set out to design a headboard & bedroom decor that fit the sophistication of its surroundings. Our hand painted anthracite color is a bold & masculine hue on very thick & nubby vintage linen. It’s a true statement piece for the room.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramicsespanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

Read more about the General’s House here. Contact us for custom headboards & other special projects.

 

welcome to our studio

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espanyolet | cloth & clay |  Handcrafted in Mallorca. One-of-a-kind vintage linens. Hand-formed ceramics.
espanyolet | cloth & clay |  Handcrafted in Mallorca. One-of-a-kind vintage linens. Hand-formed ceramics.
Photos ©Teresa Marenzi

our process

We love talking with people about our design process. At times, we are inspired by the unique weave of the linen and start there. At other times, we want to create a specific color so we begin with the pigment. Regardless of which path leads us in, the design process is always one of discovery. We may be surprised by how the color absorbs into the linen at different rates, or how resilient the weave is to actually accepting our colors. Our process of painting requires both of us because these enteros actually weigh quite a bit when saturated with color. Our brushstrokes may dry out evenly or completely irregular…which is yet again, another surprise.

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

painterly

We're trying something new with our pillow designs these days. Thanks to the jelly-like substance we are able to create with algae, we can control the dye in a way that we paint it on. Our brushstrokes are a part of our unique design & special color toning.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

vintage hemp blankets

Richly textured, soft & with original artisan seamwork, these are some of our most beautiful vintage fabrics yet. Perfect accompaniment to the foot of the bed or cozied up next to your favorite book on the couch.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

 

introducing ceramics

When we hatched the idea of espanyolet in 2014, the plan was to hand make both cloth and clay elements. Thomas had fallen in love with ceramics during our 2 months in Bali (read about our travels here), and we knew we would continue to explore this art form once we set up a workshop. After a bit of planning & experimentation, we're excited to launch our line of hand-formed boards that integrates the rich textures & brilliant colors of the Mediterranean. Shop the Agua and Terra collections here.

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studio visit: Architectural Digest

We were so happy to host the folks from AD for an afternoon in studio espanyolet. Read the article below.

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

espanyolet | cloth & clay | handcrafted in Mallorca | one-of-a-kind vintage linens | hand-formed ceramics

peek into studio espanyolet

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique vintage linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

Welcome to our studio blog! Keep reading to learn about how we salvage vintage linen, hand paint it and create little pieces of history updated with modern Mediterranean color.

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique vintage linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique vintage linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique vintage linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique vintage linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

vogue living

We were so thrilled to be included in VOGUE LIVING's July 2016 issue! The first article was about the romanticism of rose, and featured our Portixol Bedcover. 

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique vintage linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

And the second feature was about the taste of summer and included our Calfat Bedcover and Mesquida pillow. We're so happy to be recognized by such a reputable Spanish magazine!!

our colors

Our process is a bit different than other traditional textile design methods, which we believe is what makes our colors so unique. We start with the highest quality pigments, hand-mix them in our studio kitchen and start the long process of testing. Most of our hues are mixes of 3 or 4 colors, so the proportions are important and it's oftentimes necessary to test, adjust, retest, readjust, etc. Next we mix in algae, a natural substance from the sea. It's this smooth, jelly-like substance that allows us to control the thickness of the color so we can hand-paint it on each piece of linen. This is very different than dip-dyeing or what some people call garment dyeing which happens in large batches & in large bathtubs. We do not do this because we love irregularity & brushstrokes. And as a result, each of our pieces is one-of-a-kind.

espanyolet | linen | handmade | one-of-a-kind antique Mallorquín linen | hand painted in Mallorca, Spain | vintage | texture | color

These photos detail the before (top) and after (above) of the same piece. The color absorbs into the linen in rich & vibrant colors, but after days baking in the hot Mediterranean sun, it fades out into a soft & elegant tone. There's really no way to account for this solar effect, but we love its unexpected results every time.