Studio Visit: An Exoticist at Work in Manhattan by

Issue 68 · Africana · April 19, 2013

Studio Visit: An Exoticist at Work in Manhattan

Issue 68 · Africana · April 19, 2013

Madeline Weinrib’s talent for mixing beautiful old and bold new is as evident on the walls and floors of her Manhattan studio as it is in her fabrics, carpets, and bespoke clothing collection. She mixes East and West with a saturated sensuality, giving traditional patterns a new twist with a fresh strength of purpose. African textiles have been a great source of inspiration for her. “The rawness of the weave and the rich palette of earth tones evoke the spontaneity of a charcoal drawing,” says Weinrib, “I'm constantly looking for ways to bridge art, design, craftsmanship, and storytelling through my textiles.”

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Above: I’d like to think her own dogs approved the choice of the Staffordshire china dogs—Weinrib’s beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniels spend a lot of time happily lounging around her relaxed studio. The silver paint splattered mirror is by artist Stefan Bondell.

  madeline weinrib dining room

Above: Working lunches, friends stopping by for tea, a surface to spread out work in progress. This elegant workhorse of a marble-topped table is surrounded by chairs from American designer Paul McCobb. The modern chandelier is by David Weeks and the angora rug is from Weinrib’s wild and wooly Tulu range, produced in Turkey. Photo by Wendy Goodman via NY Magazine.

Above: Weinrib has an extensive collection of tassels to inspire as a reminder of her travels. This one from India is made from blue silk strands with metallic threaded topknots. She had the black and white marble dresser made in Udaipur.

Above: A 19th-century American spool chair covered in bold zigzag fabric from Weinrib’s latest line, the Amagansett collection.

Above: Sifting through these color samples in cotton, wool, and cashmere feels like being a kid in a candy store.

Above: Her lush collection of objects atop a hammered metal chest from Cambodia is pure Weinrib: invitations and mementos tucked in the mirror, a pair of vintage Foo dogs, an Austrian beaded peacock that belonged to her parents and antique Ottoman tassels.

Above: Her studio is in a loft building on lower Fifth Avenue, with her showroom on the same floor. It’s not far from the family’s stomping grounds at ABC Carpet & Home, started from a pushcart by her grandfather on the Lower East Side in 1897. Her signature Ikat fabrics cover both the Arne Jacobsen chair and those by Le Corbusier.



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