Nestled in a historic building in Downtown Los Angeles, Block Shop’s studio is part office, part showroom and looks like your laid back best friend’s living room. Known for their colorful plays with pattern and texture, Hopie and Lily Stockman, sisters and founders of the textile company, are known for their stunning patterns that are printed on a range of products, from scarves and decorative pillows to a new line of table linens for Heath Ceramics.
The duo works with the traditional Indian hand block printing process, and even though their entire operation is manual, they are still always pushing the envelope when it comes to design. Last spring, we celebrated the Stockmans’ line of table linens at their outpost in Joshua Tree, where the duo frequently hosts block-printing workshops, and this summer, they released a collection of framed prints, transforming some of our favorite textile designs into a chic modernist pieces for the art collector in all of us. These works are woodblock printed on a handmade cotton rag paper and make a strong case for textile as art.
The LA studio is their home base, and the sunny space is split into different zones for different needs: a work zone, a place for shipments to go in and out, and a living room for client meetings and display.
You’ll find tons of inspiration from travels in their work zone, while the chill out space features a trio of sofas layered with their collection of pillows and prints. Our favorite piece in the setup? The George Nelson-inspired yellow and black block-print upholstered daybed, designed in collaboration with LOC Architects. It’s the ideal spot for any sage-burning Cali-cool girl.
[Above, Block Shop’s indigo napkins for Heath Ceramics next to a sketchbook of patterns.]
The Stockmans’ effortlessly mix pattern and layer in pieces from world travel, and the whole space had us drooling over past and current collections, and wanting to fully redecorate our Brooklyn apartments.
Take note from these hyper-talented sisters, and display your possessions—let them inspire your creativity. Rotate out the old with the new with the old for a constantly changing look. Mix media and prints. Put your mark on your space, and the good vibes will follow.
[Above, a stack of Block Shop’s Diamondback rugs.]
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