We wanted our Handmade issue to be more than just an indulgent grab bag of one-off goodies. We were also looking to push great design and craftsmanship into the wider world. So, we introduced Hospes, an innovative hotel group, to British design partnership Doshi Levien and asked them to design a pillow for Hospes' Learn to Sleep programme. The result is a handcrafted wool and cashmere pillow with silver embroidered twill - produced in Italy by Moroso using textiles made by New York-based firm Maharam - accompanied by a unique cashmere blanket that wraps around the pillow. A limited edition of these are now available to buy.
Husband and wife team Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi met while studying furniture design at London's Royal College of Art, formed their design studio in 2000 and have since established themselves as key figures in British design. Born in Mumbai, Doshi's work is influenced by Indian visual culture and craftsmanship, while Levien is more of a classic industrial designer. Their best work, including furniture for Moroso, cookwear for Tefal and shoes for John Lobb, is a happy marriage of both approaches, marked by organic forms, and patterns and textiles that have gone some way to creating a new decorative language.
Doshi Levien have been collaborating with furniture company, Moroso, since 2007. Moroso's collection of sofas, chairs, and accessories are designed by a pedigree of international designers including Konstantin Grcic, Ron Arad, Carlo Colombo, Enrico Franzolini, Marc Newson, Toshiyuki Kita and Patricia Urquiola.
The Hospes group operates boutique hotels at their best; small, intimate and stylish but big on personal service and always pushing for new ways to make its guests feel at home. The group currently has ten four- and five-star hotels in Spain and France, with more planned for Beirut, Budapest and Damascus.
Price on request. Please email us for enquires and to place an order.