6.11.2012

Designer Spotlight: Stone Textile


I wanted to preface this post with something I’ve been thinking about.  One of the things that I love about blogging is that I have been able to connect, either online or in person, with so many talented and driven individuals.  I’ve been thinking about what I want this blog to be, and in addition to sharing things that inspire me I want to introduce you to people that inspire me.  So, you’ll be seeing a lot more spotlights on artists, designers, and creative business owners.  Now, let’s get going!


I met Elizabeth Mollen, the talented woman behind Stone Textile Studio, when she was in town for Blogfest.  I have been a fan of her collection since I came across it in Rue Magazine.  She has been kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her beautiful lines of textiles.  I hope you all enjoy learning a bit more about her.

One of my favorite pillows from your collection is the Tuxedo Pillow – it is classic but modern.  Can you tell me a little more about the inspiration behind this design?
The Tuxedo Pillow is a favorite.  Last fall, while I was designing this collection, we were traveling all over the country to our friend’s weddings.  I felt like my husband lived in his tuxedo.  So, I guess you can say the idea behind this design came from him and his fall uniform.  I also love the look of elegant and well-tailored sofas - the "black tie" of sofas.  I wanted to create an accessory that would complement that "black tie" look but still remain comfortable. I was so honored to receive my first piece of press when the editors at Rue Magazine featured it in their Anniversary Issue.

Below is an image from Elizabeth’s inspiration board for the first collection:

Read the rest of the interview after the jump...
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
I grew up in Chicago, went to school in Austin, lived and worked in LA for a few years after college and now live back in Austin.
What did you dream of becoming when you 'grew up'?
I always knew I wanted to be in the art world and create things.  I started out working in the fashion industry and when I moved back to Austin two years ago my focus switched from fashion to interior design.
Where did the idea for Stone Textiles begin?
Moving to Austin from Los Angeles was the start of a new chapter in my life, so it was the perfect time to start my business.  After I thought of the name my company was born.  People are always interested in where the name "Stone Textile" came from.  Stone is taken from my mother's maiden name.  My grandmother, one of the many female business owners who have inspired me, had an antique business.  She and my grandfather were collectors and appreciated unique designs.  I get my love for all things vintage from them.  Stones are thought of as hard objects while textiles are soft.  I like the play on words.  My whole aesthetic is mixing hard/edgy materials such as leather and metal-based textiles with soft sanded cottons and linens.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from architecture, vintage jewelry, street fashion...travel plays a large role as well.  I love to experience and live in new cities.  I have lived in all parts of the country (Chicago, Texas, Los Angeles, and New York) at some point and feel that that has played an important role as a designer.
What advice would you give to others wanting to start their own business?
I started interning, in the design world, when I was in High School.  Real life work experience is key and I would not have been able to start my business with out the many years of working for someone else and learning first hand what to do and what not to do.
What is your perfect weekend?
A perfect weekend would be spent with my husband and friends.  We both spend a lot of time working during the week so weekends are very important to me.  We love walking to the farmer's market and trying new restaurants with friends.  Austin has amazing food! Oh, and wine is always involved...
What is your favorite food?
I could probably eat Sushi for every meal. I love it all Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese etc. We are planning a trip to Asia next summer and I cannot wait to experience the cuisine first hand.
{All images are from Stone Textile Studio}

6 comments:

  1. i loved this! thanks for introducing me to stone textile studio! cant wait to check it out x

    ReplyDelete
  2. such a great q&a - I got to meet elizabeth too and she's so wonderful! love her work

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh wow - amazing - such a great Q&A! Love.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh wow...you have a great eye for finding awesome designers Becca! I love her work! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  5. Can't believe I've never seen the tuxedo pillow before!! So clever. I look forward to seeing more artist/designer spotlights :)

    Kate
    www.theforgetfulwife.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love Elizabeth, she's the best and her products are GORGEOUS! Great interview ;)

    ReplyDelete