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AELFIE

Hello Friday! There really is no better way to start the weekend than by perusing something really awesome. Today our bus pick goes out to Aelfie, an amazing design studio that carries rugs and home décor as well as having a curated collection of textiles from around the world. Not only do they put out beautiful products, but they also take the utmost care to honor the tradition and history behind each textile; which they then put out in a refreshing contemporary way.

Aelfie laying on her rugs, for the Wild Magazine

Aelfie laying on her rugs, for the Wild Magazine

Aelfie, which also happens to be the name of it’s founder Aelfie Oudghiri, began her career as a Research Assistant in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies in Columbia University. Here, she began selling carpets out of her student housing in order to pay for her education, and thus began the rug dealing.

Aelfie Francine Bedding

Aelfie Francine Bedding

Aelfie Rugs, for Design Milk

Aelfie Rugs, for Design Milk

Currently both Aelfie and her studio-showroom reside in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she plans and designs all of her products. The actual crafting is then done in India, having everything hand-made using traditional weaving and embroidery techniques. The result is a new take on textiles that is sure to catch your eye. For sure the most striking part of Alfie’s work is how vibrant all the product are, which I just love. These are goods bursting in color that at the same time have a minimal, geometric but not too perfect feel to them. Basically, everything you would want from a product; elevating housewares to an almost art piece type of feel while still being completely utilitarian. It’s perfection!

Aelfie Rug Close up, for Design Milk

Aelfie Rug Close up, for Design Milk

Aelfie and pillows, for Apartment Therapy

Aelfie and pillows, for Apartment Therapy

Aelfie Francine Bedding and various pillows

Aelfie Francine Bedding and various pillows

Aelfie rugs, for Design Milk

Aelfie rugs, for Design Milk

Aelfie rugs, for Design Milk

Aelfie rugs, for Design Milk

Aelfie Tumblr mash-up

Aelfie Tumblr mash-up

Take a peak at Aelfie’s inspiration here or browse through her instagram.

Till next Friday,
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Dani


Post by Dani V Sanchez - Good Manya

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FOUND MY ANIMAL

Yes, It’s finally Friday and as we get close to mid April we can finally look forward to longer and warmer-ish days, which are perfect for strolling around the city and exploring! Every once in a while during my “exploring” I imagine I have a dog and I’m sightseeing around the city with her… Weird? Maybe, but if there’s one thing I’m crazy about, it would definitely have to be animals. I currently have a cat and would love to have a husky, but don’t have a big enough apartment/house for her to live in, so for the time being imaginary husky is what I have. So, today’s Bus Pick goes out to all current and future dog owners! Meet Found My Animal.

Found Featured on MrsSizzle.com

Found Featured on MrsSizzle.com

Found My Animal has been popping up more and more in design and pet stores all over and it’s not hard to see why. Founded by Anna Conway and Bethany Obrecht, together they have built a brand of pet accessories like no other. After meeting while they where walking their two rescue pups, they decided to become partners and use their work to be able to spread their passion for animals, animal welfare and the principles of what good design could do. That is how Found came to be, a brand that supports, honors and encourages the adoption of abandoned animals.

Found My Animal - leashes and pet carrier

Found My Animal - leashes and pet carrier

You can check out their beautiful dog accessories here. They have a unique nautical feel and range from leashes and collars to carriers and dog beds. What’s special about them, besides how beautiful they are, is that they are all made using sustainable and ecological practices. Each collar is handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY using reclaimed leather, navy marine-grade & UV-resistant rope and solid brass hardware.

Found My Animal - indigo ombre rope dog leash and collar

Found My Animal - indigo ombre rope dog leash and collar

Found My Animal - black ombre rope dog leash and orange rescue dog leash

Found My Animal - black ombre rope dog leash and orange rescue dog leash

All materials are meticulously crafted and thought out to make them last forever; for example, the leashes get hand-spliced to withstand thousands of pounds of pull and then have their ends “whipped” (an old nautical term) for additional durability. They also contain marine grade hardware like solid o-rings and clips, which means that the leash can be used and worn in a lot of different ways. These same clips are also used on their other accessories like the collapsible water bowl and the multi-use pouch, making it easy for you to attach them to the leash itself.

Found My Animal

Found My Animal

Found My Animal pet carriers

Found My Animal pet carriers

Found My Animal pet carrier

Found My Animal pet carrier

So, good job Found! Seeing such a perfect marriage between honest principles and good design is always incredibly encouraging, which is how business should always be.

Till next Friday
<3
Dani


Post by Dani V Sanchez - Good Manya

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foundmyanimal.com
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