Studiopatró, the brand behind cool kitchen linens, relies on 2 words: “useful” and “beautiful.” Founder Christina Weber began her career as an art teacher and graphic designer – but it was a fateful trip to London 10 years ago that got the wheels spinning for the chic linen brand we know and love today. And “useful” and “beautiful” only begin to describe the cool company. Using ecologically friendly water-based inks, Studiopatró linens are handprinted one-by-one. They’re made of the finest medium-weight linen available, which also happens to be naturally sustainable. They’re sturdy yet stylish, and the perfect kitchen accessory. Today, we chat with Christina to learn more about her creative process AND find out what she’s planning to do next:
MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
I was in London about 10 years ago, shopping in the Margaret Howell store and loving the mix of clothing, home goods, art, and furniture. I came across some linen tea towels designed by 1950’s British designer Lucienne Day. I bought them all. Perfect for wrapping wine and champagne gifts, perfect for using daily in my kitchen. I immediately thought: I want to make these. Cool graphics, wonderful colors, the texture of linen, ink on cloth. Wow.
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I’m holding my favorite coffee mug, filled with my homemade drip coffee and lots of warm milk.
Knowing what you love to do, and getting to do it on a daily basis. It’s a very lucky kind of success.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
Comfort-clothes. Comfortable jeans, comfortable shoes or boots, soft sweaters and scarves.
MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
We’ve been doing one that I love for the last 3 years, with Creative Growth in Oakland. Each year we collaborate with two of their artists, and interpret their artwork onto a tea towel design. 100% of the profits go directly toward their program for adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. And the tea towels are great!
THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN SAN FRANCISCO:
What could be better than home, and San Francisco?
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I let it go, stop designing, get out of the studio, change it up. There’s no forcing it when it comes to creativity. The next day usually proves to be different!
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Always keep it simple. Never compromise.
IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Designing something new, for sure. Maybe even painting — something I’ve never done, but would love to try.
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Turn up the music, and enjoy today.