Designing and manufacturing custom rugs and fabrics is the primary work we do here at Custom Cool. However, as a design studio full of creative minds we just can’t stop dreaming up new and exciting ‘alternative’ products that showcase our unique fabrics and patterns. Many of you know the varied items we now make – from place mats to pashminas, handbags, candles, pillows, upholstered furniture – even deck chairs! Our imaginations are rich and the desire to ‘make’ the things we conceive is strong. Finding ethical and ‘good’ ways to produce our vision is a challenge we relish.
Entering the second year in our showroom with a growing team of more than eleven full time employees, we are keenly aware of our need for commercial success. We want to grow this exciting business and continue to support Fair Trade manufacturing in both textiles and general home/lifestyle products. So as this last summer faded into fall, we found ourselves facing a new design challenge: what could we make to create a commercially successful and stylish ‘Custom Cool’ Christmas?
Holiday Starburst Artwork.
It was on a bright, 80 degree September morning that we began our Christmas/Holiday design challenge. We gave ourselves two weeks to come up with a line of table linens, decorative accessories and gift products for the coming season. Normally design companies work on their holiday line a good 12 to 18 months ahead of time. As a new & small company, we had less than a month to develop a full line of Christmas accessories. If anyone is up for that challenge – we are!
Artwork for Custom Cool Holiday hangtags.
Turning up the Christmas music and pulling out the Kilim yardage we had the foresight to have woven some six months earlier (using the greens, reds, whites and khakis of Christmas – navy & bold blue hues of Chanukah) we began brainstorming. Though we aren’t quite finished with all of our table linens, we have produced some beautiful items. From kilim placemats, runners, tree skirts, stockings, tree ornaments to wrapping paper sets, gift cards and great gift products. See a few pictured below.
Holiday stockings in various patterns.
Christmas Tree Skirt in Cross Cross with beaded fringe.
Holiday place mats in various prints.
Holiday ornament in striped kilim.
Artwork for our chevron printed holiday wrapping paper.
Artwork for our holiday wrapping paper in criss cross print.
Artwork for our holiday wrapping paper in Ikat print.
We have had some exquisitely soft, natural and bleached linen manufactured for us in Lithuania and then printed for us in India (our first line of prints!). Once the printing is done, the fabrics will come back here to be finished into an array of table linens embellished with some of the exquisite ribbons, beads and trims we have on hand just for this application.
Artwork for linen holiday table runners.
Artwork for holiday linen napkin
We would love to hear from you about your thoughts on the images we’ve included here of what we are working on for Christmas and Chanukah. There is still time for adjustment! Our goal is to bring some of the bold color and sophisticated /relaxed Hampton style that Custom Cool has become known for to the holiday season. Let us know what you think!
We hope you all enjoy a very peaceful fall – without too many thoughts or concerns about the coming holidays – apart from the aesthetic ones of course!
CEO & Design Director