THE CRITICAL EYE: New From St. Frank at ICFF
If you haven't heard of global emporium St. Frank you are behind the times.
Since owner Christina Bryant opened her storefront in San Francisco late last year, she has taken the decorating world by storm. St. Frank's focus is textiles--both vintage and newly handcrafted.
The firm began by offering framed textiles as a unique art form, and then quickly expanded to pillows, table linens and home accessories sourced from all over the world. Some of their offerings are one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. The rest are handcrafted by artisans.
Their mission is simple. With handmade products that embody the authentic cultural heritage of the communities from which they originate, they both support the economy of the low and middle-income countries where their products are sourced, while simultaneously preserving traditional craft. Beautiful and value-based.
No surprise that this good Catholic girl loves the name. "St. Frank" derives from Saint Francis of Assisi, who was the son of a wealthy textile merchant yet dedicated his life to the poor. It also honors the place where the company was founded, San Francisco.
The products are all gorgeous. Have a look. I guarantee you will be drooling.
St. Frank's new introductions at ICFF will be welcome news for designers and home enthusiasts.
You can now get some of St. Frank's handcrafted textiles by the yard. When I see swatches like these, I want nothing more than to dive back into interior design. Get your imagination flowing, and fashion your own pillows and tablecloths.
St. Frank also has launched a new, well-priced wallpaper line. It's an affordable way achieve the look of an upholstered wall. I especially like the Kuba cloth patterns.
I could have spent the day in their booth at ICFF, swooning over it all.
Close up fabric and wallpaper images and ICFF photo by Lynn Byrne, other photos the St. Frank's website.