This summer we worked with A.P.C. to create custom quilts for our rooms in London — designer Jessica Ogden and founder Jean Touitou created a patchwork masterpiece out of fabrics from past A.P.C. collections.
Now that the quilts are in our rooms, on our beds, and quickly capturing the hearts of our travel-weary and comfort-seeking visitors, we asked Jessica to share her thoughts on the process, and some of the things inspiring her work right now.
"As a child my mum made my brother and I quilts for our bed, she was the one who taught me how to sew, so the process is in her spirit.
It was amazing to then have Jean propose this idea to work on A.P.C. Quilts as it is also through his mum he has the love for this work.
We have our Mums to be thankful for to learn this beautiful craft.”
Antique quilt reference with beautiful flowers and color.
My Auntie Rosie, a beautiful lady, and a letter from her, my drawings of my cat and the sun reminding me of Jamaica where I was born.
Sonia Delaunay, my all-time favorite textile artist.
A page from my scrapbook: A Jessica Ogden dress
next to a piece of Odette Touitou, Jean’s mum, patchwork.
A page from The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. This is one of my favorite books, all homemade quilts made from what was on hand. The pieces made from work clothes are some of the highlights for me, as the clothes already have wear and tear, aged and patched, and then to be made into an object that also has age is beautiful to me. It’s history is visual and you feel they are made with love.
Exhibition I saw in London on my last trip: Madge Gill, Outsider Artist.
My family “Love” wall at home in Paris.
Fabrics we used for the Ace x A.P.C. quilt.
We’re more than a little smitten with Tel Aviv-born, globally educated and now London-based design duo Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, collectively known as Raw Edges Design Studio (and who also happen to be married). The couple crafts modern furniture and utilitarian, outlandishly imaginative conceptual pieces in their small shared working space in London, drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and positivity.
Alkalay’s Stack reimagines all of the usual characteristics of a chest of drawers — and, dancing along the unifying thread of Raw Edges’ work as a whole, offers a conceptual piece solidly grounded in purpose. Its not-insignificant commercial success aside, Stack has earned a spot in MOMA’s permanent design collection. We’re pleased as punch to be sharing a city with this pair, and we’re all ears and eyes for what they do next.