Erica Tanov & Emily Payne Do Up The House

Erica Tanov & Emily Payne Do Up The House

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 8, 2013

One of the chief joys of getting older is that you finally get to do cool stuff on your own for a larger audience. Sure, you might be a pop star at 21, but for most of us, we only start to make a dent in the professional sphere when we get north of 35. I've always admired Erica Tanov's taste and I've always loved Emily Payne's artistic sensibility since I went to college with her years ago, but they've just launched a new collaboration linking art, fashion and home that's a brand new perspective and totally refreshing. Check it out.

Starting with Emily's paintings, they worked them into graphic patterns for textiles that turned into clothes first and now a home collection. There are four prints "creating a kaleidoscopic mix of textiles, which are intended to work together, in layers, or alone."

Having spent a lot of time scouring catalogs, trade shows and shops, this is a great, new unique resource with a great back story. So good, there's even a movie. :)

erica tanov ... home from Erica Shires on Vimeo.

"Most people's bedrooms are an afterthought, second to the living room or kitchen. A bedroom should be blissful, a space where you can feel relaxed and beautiful," says Erica Tanov. "I am fascinated by the process of working with fabrics that are luxurious and opulent, and transforming them into pieces you can wear or use every day. With the bedding collection, I apply the same principles, conveying a certain allure, which is at once highly refined, yet easy and unpretentious."

Together, Tanov and Payne transformed images of Emily Payne's original wire sculptures, book cover collages and lino-cut prints into fabric designs. Working with artisans in India, the fabrics are hand printed using wood blocks and hand screen printing methods.

The new collection is comprised of hand-stitched cotton quilts, duvet covers, pillow cases, shams, decorative pillows, Alpaca wool throws, as well as printed cotton poplin table cloths and napkins, cotton canvas shower curtains and totes. The bedding is now in and the tabletop and bath collection will be in store by May. It is only available at


(Images: Erica Shires for Erica Tanov, Sabine Elser for Emily Payne video at bottom)

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