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From the Studio: Lavender Fields and Shrimp Legs

4th August 2017

With the summer season comes travel and with travel comes a bounty of inspiration. We followed one of our designers, Nona Thornton, to France and back (virtually, of course) to learn about what two weeks in France does to the carpet designer's brain.

Taking time away from the screen to travel has helped me slow down, reset, and take notice of the tiny things. There is so much history and life in older countries, every angle has an interesting story and a slice of a moment to make. Here are three subtle trend stories from my time in France.


(Cote d'Azur, France)

Lavender is very delicate individually, but when grown in thick rows, they punch through the hard dry earth with ease. I think of them as firework flowers.

Illusion d'Optique

(Aix-en-Provence, France) 

(Fontaine de Vaucluse, France)

I love to feel baskets because the texture is always different than how they look. The basket in the image on the left was smooth like beetles wings. 

 Water runs down from the mountain from an underground spring. The water runs so fast and clear that the shapes underneath the surface play tricks on your eyes, clouding the visual experience in mystery.

Transformation des Couleurs

(L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France)

The buildings near the water would change color rapidly during the day. At twilight, the colors of the stucco and stone would look like they were going to sleep.

The French prepare food in an intimate and real fashion. Seeing and handling the animal before you eat it intensifies the flavor. Prawns, when alive, are light in color and slightly iridescent to blend in their underwater environment, but when they die their color darkens. Once cooked, their shell transforms into rich reds and oranges - inviting you to taste the freshness.

Photos courtesy of Nona Thornton, Designer, Brintons Americas

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