Today we revisit one of our all-time favorite spaces: the studio of textile artist Paula Leen, photographed by Hotze Esme.
We first spotted Leen's studio and home on Emmas Design Blogg, so when we saw an expanded tour of the space on Dwell (with more photos by Eisma), we decided it was time to revisit the sublimely edited home of this self-taught Dutch textile artist. Leen's house is located in a converted barn in Akkrum, a village in the northern province of Friesland; the lower level is given over to Leen's studio, while the upper level is home to her family of four. Leen's interiors are a study in contrasts, with raw elements such as reclaimed wood, steel, and concrete counterbalanced by textural pieces, most notably her felt and wool creations. To view more of Leen's work and for purchasing information, visit Poetryworld
Above: A tableau inspired by the old Friesian tile painters. Image via Poetryworld.
Above: A ceiling painted black contrasts with the airy lightness of the white-washed interiors. One of Leen's felt floor pillows is tucked beneath a rough-hewn wood bench.
Above: A steel kitchen island with reclaimed wood table and cupboard doors with Leen's fabrics hanging above.
Above: An earthenware Chamba pot sits on the stove.
Above: In the living room, a midcentury chair is covered in one of Leen's felted fabrics.
Above L: A piece of Leen's work displayed on a salvaged stool. Above R: A White Rag Throw used as a table runner; via Lisa Fontanarosa.
Above: Displayed on the wall are two pillows made with merino, silk, and fleece from Drents Friesian sheep.
Above: Raw concrete walls add a textural note to the bed and bath areas.
Above: Brick walls painted white; a merino and sheep wool rug covers an iron bed.
Above: A merino and sheep wool rug covers an iron bed.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original post ran on March 14, 2011.