I walked right by booth. Then the guys at LOFTwall, who happened to be Jason Brown’s neighbors were like, “Hey Jaime you gotta check this stuff out.” So, I spent some time talking with Jason and I was more than impressed.
The pieces are inspired by Jason’s worldly travels. The Venezia Collection features a beautiful table runner in which Brown uses resin and encapsulated thread to deconstruct traditional lace. The runner is made of five interconnecting discs that connect via a precisely fabricated stainless steel cross icons, so that the table runner can be taken apart easily and stored.
The Venezia coasters and placemats are made of white patent leather stamped with a design by Lorenzo Ammendola, a fourth generation lace-maker living on the famous island of Burano. They are backed with Maharam felt.
Another piece which caught my eye was the Yakusugi Table Runner, a hand woven cedar and silk textile crafted from over 1000 year old cedar trees sourced from a primeval forest on Yakushima, a remote island at the southern tip of Japan — the thin threads of wood are interwoven threads that maintain the appearance of the wood’s natural grain. Jason told me it takes them a day to weave about 6-8 inches. The intricacy and delicate nature of these pieces and the unique artistry is what makes them so special.