19 June 2012

the soul of a collection: Madeline Weinrib

Last fall I had the pleasure of sitting down with Madeline Weinrib for Lunch and conversation in her Atelier. At the time, her beautiful  new Showroom was still in the completion stages-though I saw very little that needed more attention to detail-however restraint in publishing these photographs prevailed until Madeline officially opened in the Spring.

Madeline's brand is unique- perhaps even a bit elusive, maybe like the glamorous lady herself.  There is a cool modern vibe steeped in tradition & dappled around the edges with the exotic.

Recently Madeline was quoted in the New York Observer as saying:

"I believe in endurance and timelessness. Things that are here today & gone tomorrow have no soul."

Dominating one of the walls in this space is a René Ricard painting that seems to speak the same language.

The Showroom is a stash of Madeline's entire collection- fabrics, pillows and rugs, along with things she has found in her travels.

 a sitting area, used for consultations
 the chairs are by Gio Ponti and Arne Jacobsen upholstered in Weinrib’s fabrics 
the rug called Tulu - is made of angora

within this intimate seating area Madeline's special clutches are encased in a dainty French cabinet- It is this mix that makes her collection unique-and utterly charming. I can not think of anything more desirous than having a pillow- or a chair that delights &  having a special silk ikat clutch to carry a few things in on a night out-or for that matter a kimono made in Madeline's fabrics to wear.
It is the perfect marriage of design aesthetics.

 there are rows and rows of hanging samples in every color lining the walls & more of Madeline's textiles grouped by color than one can imagine...


 along with the most gorgeous stacks of rugs & pillows piled on day beds.

Whether Madeline is designing textiles- or carpets- or taking those designs and down sizing them for stationery in a limited edition collection with Dempsey & Carroll- or envisioning them on endless walls in bold rhythmic movements like her paper Allemande- her work is like a dance through time-keeping pace-interlacing the modern & weaving in the threads of old.

Madeline Weinrib's Showroom is made available to the public, by appointment—unlike traditional design showrooms, which are accessible only to the trade. See it all on her website HERE.
there are more stories about Madeline Weinrib's work and travels at little augury HERE.



  1. This uber-talented lady may perhaps be the only person that I might be a bit envious of. The creative wind that flows through her run deep. Thanks. Mary

  2. I am a big fan of Madeline's work..her clothes too. So interested to read that you met her, what a fascinating life she leads...you too! I came across her work in London in Andrew Martin's shop....another interesting character. I am smitten....


    1. In contrast to Madeline- my life is Low Key-very low key, but in many ways it is what I prefer. pgt

  3. So unique and beautiful! I would have been tempted to lay down on a rug and never get up! I love the blue pillows in the first shot.

    1. That is so true the entire space is one I could move in to. pgt

  4. Love her designs. What really caught my eye, though, is the Rene Ricard painting. It struck me immediately upon seeing it here in this post...and looking closely in the various images your provided, the figure is paired with a Portuguese mesa bufete -the signature table of Portugal, usually in tropical hardwoods with ripple mouldings and concentric turnings -and that specific table is not a terribly common thing outside Portugal, or expected at least, and adds surprising layer to it. Rene Ricard is himself a fascinating story, a very New York art-world kind of story.
    That was a real treat to see. Thank you.



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