The more our culture pushes manufactured perfection, the more appealing the complexity of imperfection can become. Signs and traces that appear over time and with age making a person or an object unique. Lines on a face or signs of wear on an object are endlessly more intriguing and beautiful than homogenization in the pursuit of eradicating "flaws". What I find particularly appealing is the juxtaposition of the old with the new, the weathered with the fresh. And interiors, like people, benefit from diversity. Combining vintage and weathered with the pristine and new to create something with soul results in homes that make us feel comfortable; at once easy to live in and full of character. Like two-hundred-year-old walls acting as a backdrop to clean, stonewashed linen bedding. Or vintage thrift-market-found Thonet chairs acting as nightstands for candle holders, thrown by hand on the potter's wheel just a few months ago.
So in the search for something a little more soulful than modern mass production we celebrate the things that give objects character:
- imperfections that result from the hand-making process
- quality and simplicity that allow objects to withstand the test of time and accumulate the stories that render them irreplaceable
- natural materials like linen that only become softer and more beautiful the more they are used and lived in
These images were inspired by those wonderful natural materials that become better over time. Like stoneware, wood and linen. When cared for properly, these materials mellow over time and acquire a worn-in look or patina that is hard to replicate by any means other than time. And so, inspired by the beauty and grace inherent in the ageing process, we share a few tips on how to properly care for linen bedding to ensure that it lasts for generations.
You can find our instructions for caring for stonewashed linen bedding after the jump.
How to properly care for linen bedding:
Linen can last for generations if cared for properly. In fact, what we love most about pure linen is that it actually becomes softer the more it is used and washed.
Selecting the appropriate washing agent is key to properly caring for linen. Many detergents today contain optical whitening agents, and while these are ideal for white linens, they are not recommended for coloured linens as they are likely to result in discolouring and spotting.
Although linen has high abrasion resistance when wet it is still best to wash linen as gently as possible. Additionally, linen doesn't like being twisted when wet so try to avoid wringing it out where possible. Linen can be tumble dried occasionally but in order to preserve its full beauty as well as the environment, it is always best to let it air dry naturally. A point of note is that while pure white linen can be dried in direct sunlight, this should be avoided for coloured linens in order to prevent colour fading.
Caring for Linen:
- Unfold your linens completely before washing
- Avoid overloading the machine.
- Wash your linens at max. 40°C (104°F).
- When washing coloured linens, check that your detergent does not have whitening agents or bleach.
- Pure soap or gentle detergents are best, especially in soft water.
- For hard water, with a high lime content, we recommend fabric softener.
- Never use chlorine bleaches as these will damage the fibre.
- If possible, line dry, it is best for linen and the environment.
- White linen can be dried in direct sunlight but this should be avoided for coloured linen.
- If using a tumble dryer, dry on medium heat and remove your linen while it is still slightly damp. Do not over-dry as this will damage the fibres.
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Images above show our Linen Bedding in white and dove grey, Cradle Candle Bowls in matte white glaze and matte grey glaze, All Natural Kitchen Twine, A Frame for Life interior design book, Simple Mug in matte white glaze, Amber Apothecary Tobacco scented candle.