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Mathilde: Minimalist Linen Quilts, Made in Rhode Island

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Mathilde: Minimalist Linen Quilts, Made in Rhode Island

June 4, 2021

Quilts—particularly of the vintage American variety—are having a moment, as Margot noted back in February (see Trend Alert: The Great American Patchwork Quilt Comeback). As it turns out, it’s not just antique versions that are having a resurgence: The quilt is also getting a minimalist, modern makeover for the 2021 era.

Or so we’ve come to believe after stumbling upon the work of Claudia Middendorf. A San Francisco native, Claudia studied at California College of the Arts and RISD before establishing Mathilde, her company of small-batch, sustainable linen quilts, which she makes in her studio in an old mill building over a river in Rhode Island.

Among her (many) inspirations: architectural details, color, travel (like sleeping under a down comforter in Switzerland, she notes), and the principles of wabi sabi. “Textiles invite interaction,” Claudia writes on her site. Maybe that’s why we’re so drawn to her work these days.

Take a look at a few of Mathilde’s offerings, many of them also available as throws:

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Above: Parhttps://www.remodelista.com/products/providence-maple-cream-quilts/t of Mathilde’s Rhode Island collection, the Providence Quilt in Maple/Cream (from $500) is “loosely inspired by the tradition of French matelassage” and made from cotton and imported linen.
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Above: The Northstar Sapphire Quilt (from $500). “With each washing, the fabric becomes softer and the intricacies of the pattern work and texture more apparent,” Claudia writes on her site.
Above L: The Providence Quilt in Coral (from $500) is inspired by Rhode Island architecture. Above R: The Newport Lavender Quilt (from $500).
The Westerly Quilt in Off-White with black detailing (from $450).
Above: The Westerly Quilt in Off-White with black detailing (from $450).
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Above: Claudia’s Blok II Quilt (from $450), like all of the Blok series, is inspired by her two home states: “trips across the Golden Gate, vistas of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the old brick sidewalks in Providence, Rhode Island.”
Above: An idea we particularly like: Add a Personalized Swatch, and for $20 Claudia will stitch on a small one-of-a-kind detail.
One of the offerings from the Cape Cod series: the Cape Cod II Quilt (from $500) in a classic stripe. The quilts are cool in summer and ideal for layering throughout the year, Claudia notes.
Above: One of the offerings from the Cape Cod series: the Cape Cod II Quilt (from $500) in a classic stripe. The quilts are cool in summer and ideal for layering throughout the year, Claudia notes.

A portion of proceeds go towards the ACLU, The Time For Trees, and The Loveland Foundation. Also on offer: custom quilts.

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