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The simple lace curtain.

The UK’s signature window trimming — in its very existence, highlighting everything we love about this corner of the world — pairs form and function perfectly, obstructing the voyeuristic eyeballs of neighbors while letting in those all-too-precious rays of English sunlight. And because we couldn’t go one more day without our very own signature window trimming, friends at MYB Textiles in Scotland were kind enough to craft a collection of special lace curtains for Bulldog Edition, Ace London’s window-front lobby café.

The only manufacturer in the world still using the Nottingham Lace Looms, MYB has paired their beautifully antiquated machines with CAD software for a fresh design influence. Bulldog Edition’s exclusive lace design was inspired by Grid Index, the comprehensive grid research project of contemporary artist Carsten Nicolai.

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Textile artist Travis Meinolf performed a public weaving for six days in our Ace London lobby. Local artist Max Lamb — who also helped us design our lobby bar — joined him to build a custom loom on which he wove skeins of flecked Irish Donegal wool into a 30-foot long blanket. The performance connected those who would ultimately use the blanket directly to Meinolf’s production process. He travels all over the world to weave in this way — using his performances to engage with his audience and share ideas. And sometimes, like here, to share space under a warm wool blanket. 
"Since the pleasure is in the making, sharing is easy and adds a sense of communal well-being.” — Travis Meinolf 

Textile artist Travis Meinolf performed a public weaving for six days in our Ace London lobby. Local artist Max Lamb — who also helped us design our lobby bar — joined him to build a custom loom on which he wove skeins of flecked Irish Donegal wool into a 30-foot long blanket. The performance connected those who would ultimately use the blanket directly to Meinolf’s production process. He travels all over the world to weave in this way — using his performances to engage with his audience and share ideas. And sometimes, like here, to share space under a warm wool blanket. 

"Since the pleasure is in the making, sharing is easy and adds a sense of communal well-being.” — Travis Meinolf 


Rachel Garrard is one of the mystical creatures and thread charmers preparing your room in Ace London. 

Rachel Garrard is one of the mystical creatures and thread charmers preparing your room in Ace London. 


Kayla Mattes teaches an Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving workshop this weekend for Summer School 2014 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. See other workshops on our calendar, and get ye poolside, crafts in hand.

Kayla Mattes teaches an Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving workshop this weekend for Summer School 2014 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. See other workshops on our calendar, and get ye poolside, crafts in hand.


A stack of vintage fabrics at Andrea Aranow's archives — Andrea has been collecting fabrics all over the world for six decades, providing inspiration to every fashion house on god's green earth, and building a truly stunning wealth of textiles. We have spent many hours softly patting stacks of perfectly folded fabric squares and gazing into the eyes of vintage Japanese futon fabric swatches as their hues shifted almost imperceptibly in the thin light allowed into Andrea's studio. Stay tuned for an interview with Andrea about her life, the fashion world and her very beautiful obsession, coming soon.

A stack of vintage fabrics at Andrea Aranow's archives — Andrea has been collecting fabrics all over the world for six decades, providing inspiration to every fashion house on god's green earth, and building a truly stunning wealth of textiles. We have spent many hours softly patting stacks of perfectly folded fabric squares and gazing into the eyes of vintage Japanese futon fabric swatches as their hues shifted almost imperceptibly in the thin light allowed into Andrea's studio. Stay tuned for an interview with Andrea about her life, the fashion world and her very beautiful obsession, coming soon.


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