Design Inspiration – Carnegie

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On Thursday, November 12th, we were so fortunate to host a unique and exciting design event in the Olson House retail studio with Carnegie Fabrics.  The Executive Vice President of Creative, Heather Bush, came to Milwaukee with Michelle Ko, Carnegie’s newest designer, to set up a collection of inspiration images, materials, rolls of textiles and upholstered pieces that displayed how they go from raw material, and inspiration to create innovative, beautiful and durable fabrics for a variety of uses, including drapery, upholstery and wallcovering.

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A gallery style installation of inspiration images paired with actual textiles, products and raw materials.

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A gallery style installation of inspiration images paired with actual textiles, products and raw materials.

Carnegie has been producing fabrics since 1981, and is the creator of Xorel®, a high performance textile that is as sustainable as it is durable, and has a multitude of uses and applications.  Carnegie’s creative studio has taken a durable fiber, and re-invented it with unique fabrication and technology, old world embroidery, crochet, and other craftsman techniques to create a material like none other.  Their introduction of the bio-based Xorel® has changed the game of sustainable high performance fabrics.


Carnegie bio-based Xorel® with embroidered pattern

Carnegie is also a B Corp, and a member of Be Original.  B Corporations are a new kind of company that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. To quote Cliff Goldman, the Carnegie President, “We have always believed that our business has a higher social and environmental responsibility beyond simply profit. The well being of our employees, clients and planet have always been part of our mission”.  Be Original Americas is committed to informing, educating and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and individuals on the economic, ethical and environmental value of authentic design while preserving and investing in its future. Their commitment to social, environmental, and creative sustainability makes me so proud to partner with them on design projects.

The event was a great success, with flowing inspiration and excitement in their products and creative process.  It was truly an honor to have them come all this way, and bring an example of their creative design studio to Olson House.  If you would like to see examples of their amazing materials and fabrics, and how they could be used in your next design project, stop in and talk to us!

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Michelle and Heather presenting products they are currently working on


An overall image of the event, once there was more room to walk around


Bene the Finnish Lapphund was excited about the Carnegie Maze pattern!




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