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Today’s Show & Tell guests are Anne-Marie Midy & Jorge Almada of Casamidy. Their incredibly unique furniture company combines contemporary design with traditional artisan methods of manufacturing and the results are astonishingly beautiful. You may recall that Laura Aviva of L’Aviva Home mentioned Casamidy in her recent Limelight post here on the blog, and I’ve also been a long time Casamidy admirer so you’ll find them listed in CLOTH & KIND’s Little Black Book as well as an abundance of their pieces on my furniture board on Pinterest. I quite simply can not rave enough about the design and craftsmanship that is coming out of this beautiful company and so I’m thrilled to welcome Anne-Marie and Jorge to the blog today to tell us about a favorite textile that is in their home.
“We have a wonder fabric that we almost found by pure chance. In Mexico City there is an area that specializes in “lonas” (duck canvas). They no longer sell canvas, but plastic tarps. In a hidden shop and after much looking we found a waxed cotton fabric, which has proven to be an inspiration to many of our new designs.”
“The fabric is waxed and backed in vinyl. It is completely waterproof yet does not feel synthetic to the touch. We also love the grey-green hue, which is combines with everything whether it is set against iron, oak or bright colors. The fabric is very unique in that it is rigid without being thick. This makes it perfect for paneling over metal frames as the fabric doesn’t give.”
IMAGES | Top: The fabric is used on the sofa in Anne-Marie & Jorge’s living room at their home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Bottom: Their dog, Toka, resting on the virtually indestructible fabric.
“Because it is so perfect for weekend, summer or kids it enables us to design furniture that is really intended to be used in a rough manner.”
what is your greatest fear in design?
I FEEL PRETTY FEARLESS
what profession other than design would you like to attempt?
PAINTING, BECAUSE I LOVE COLOR
when and where were you happiest with your design?
WHEN I LIVED IN ROME, INSPIRATION WAS AROUND EVERY CORNER
what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
THAT I’M STILL IN DESIGN
if you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
I WANT TO COME BACK AS MALMAISON, EMPEROR NAPOLEAN AND
EMPRESS JOSEPHINE’S LOVE SHACK OUTSIDE OF PARIS
what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?
A PSYCHIATRY DEGREE
what is your most treasured design related possession?
what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
MATCHY-MATCHY TRITE DECORATING
what curse word do you most frequently use?
ALL OF THE ONES THAT START WITH AN F
what is your favorite design related word?
what is your least favorite design related word?
GLAMOROUS AND FABULOUS, OR FABULOUSLY GLAMOROUS
what turns you on in design?
what turns you off in design?
what is your motto in design?
MORE IS MORE
PROUST ON DESIGN | Answered by my design icons, these must-ask questions come from a 19th century parlor game made popular by Marcel Proust, the French novelist, essayist & critic. This interview technique has been used by many journalists throughout the years but my column was primarily inspired by The Proust Questionnaire, which appears monthly on the back page of Vanity Fair (my alma mater). The twist here on CLOTH & KIND is that I’ve repurposed each question to relate to interior design. To read all of my Proust on Design interviews, please click here. Enjoy!