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Statement Shower Curtains from Quiet Town (Plus Glamorous Hooks)

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Statement Shower Curtains from Quiet Town (Plus Glamorous Hooks)

January 7, 2019

It was in the silence of the night, as she was trying to get her young son to sleep, that Lisa Fine hatched the idea for Quiet Town. A fashion stylist married to a fashion photographer, she started mentally upgrading the elements in their Brooklyn brownstone apartment when she fixated on the bathroom: “I realized that if someone like me, who loves color and texture, was buying hotel-white shower curtains and rugs then there was a huge opportunity in this category,” she told us.

While also juggling their day jobs and child care, Lisa and her husband, Michael Fine, got to work, making sketches, sourcing materials, and finding small-batch manufacturers.”We thought about those trips to the giant home store, shopping cart filled with a vinyl shower curtain liner and plastic trashcan and toothbrush holder, a compliant shrug accompanying each generic purchase,” says Lisa. “Using our ambivalence as inspiration, we decided to go down that shopping list crossing things off as we redesigned them.” A year later, Quiet Town stands ready with a full line of graphically patterned stitched canvas shower curtains and woven cotton mats. We’ll be watching to see what they tackle next.

Photography by Michael Fine for Quiet Town.

 inspired by &#8\2\20;a simple horizon line&#8\2\2\1; (and with a  17
Above: Inspired by “a simple horizon line” (and with a nod to Martin Margiela’s white on off-white designs), The Orient, $148, is one of Quiet Town’s several shower curtain patterns. It’s shown here at Brooklyn’s Glass House studio in natural canvas paired with a pale pink that the Fines call Moon Jelly.
the orient curtain in night ride; \$\148. &#8\2\20;the curtain corners,& 18
Above: The Orient curtain in Night Ride; $148. “The curtain corners,” Lisa notes, “are rounded like an old-fashioned canvas sail.” Turkish-made brass grommets line the top and weight the bottom.
quiet town&#8\2\17;s cotton mats are handwoven by a gots certifie 19
Above: Quiet Town’s cotton mats are handwoven by a GOTS-certified, REACH-standard workshop in India using kilim techniques and needn’t be only used in the bathroom. The striped Ojai pattern, $52 each, and geometric Mendocino design, $62, both come in four colorways and measure 24 by 31 inches.
the orient curtain in hike; \$\148. &#8\2\20;we name our curtains for the q 20
Above: The Orient curtain in Hike; $148. “We name our curtains for the quiet towns we’ve fallen in love with over the years,” says Lisa. Orient is their favorite weekend escape on the North Fork of Long Island.
made of \10 ounce indian organic cotton canvas that&#8\2\17;s dyed in small 21
Above: Made of 10-ounce Indian organic cotton canvas that’s dyed in small batches in New Jersey, the curtains are stitched in Brooklyn using denim hemming on both interior and exterior. A detail of the curtain’s rounded corners is shown above, along with the Mendocino mat in Dusk; $52.
lisa and michael fine at home in cobble hill amid their creations. 22
Above: Lisa and Michael Fine at home in Cobble Hill amid their creations.
lisa worked with seattle jewelry designer cat mccadden to come up with quiet to 23
Above: Lisa worked with Seattle jewelry designer Cat McCadden to come up with Quiet Town’s Acadia S Hooks, in solid brass (shown) and stainless steel, both $52 for a set of 12. “Cat also introduced us to our manufacturer, an old-school, US-based wire bender who made it all happen.”

The open shape, which reminds Lisa of 1970s hoop earrings, was designed to make the curtains a cinch to hang and to remove, so that, if not paired with a liner, the canvas can be easily laundered. (Canvas is naturally waterproof, but to keep mold at bay, a regular wash is recommended.)

the american quilt inspired narlai—named for the town in rajasthan, indi 24
Above: The American quilt-inspired Narlai—named for the town in Rajasthan, India, where they spent their honeymoon—is stitched rather than printed. It’s $198.
the narlai comes in five color combinations, including mint. 25
Above: The Narlai comes in five color combinations, including Mint.
the couple say they hope their designs capture “that buzzy, freeing feel 26
Above: The couple say they hope their designs capture “that buzzy, freeing feeling you get from bathing in an outdoor shower.” They’ve also begun to offer a range of clear vinyl  shower curtains of “safe, non-chlorinated EVA”: for a sampling, see Radical Transparency.

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Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose the various accessories for your bathroom in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Bath Accessories.

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