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MEET | SHANAN CAMPANARO
Featured 11.14-11.20 | Take a look at Eskayel, the design company by Brooklyn-based artist Shanan Campanaro, and what you’ll see is a portfolio of painterly (and eco-friendly) wall coverings, fabrics, carpets, accessories and home furnishings that are reminiscent of the sea (where much of her inspo is derived) with a little Rorschach test thrown in. Created with digitally manipulated sections of her watercolor paintings, I first spotted the wallpapers at a furniture fair in 2010 and swore then that if I ever had the opportunity, I would design an entire house around her work. Years later I did just that, and the results were staggering: delicate and subtle spaces that soothe the soul and reenergize the mind. And Shanan is quite an inspiration herself: equal parts laid-back surfer chick and ethereal hippie, her wanderlust informs much of her work, taking anyone who inhabits her spaces on a journey. All this to say she is one of the most interesting and talented people I’ve come across, and her selects reflect her lifestyle. Welcome to Shanan’s week.
more about shanan
Founded in 2008 by Central St. Martins graduate Shanan Campanaro, Eskayel is a New York-based surface design firm. Shanan has worked in both graphic design and fashion, but has always been interested in interiors believing that the atmosphere and vibe of a room can transform ones mood. Having lived in many different spaces and more than a few countries, the importance of building an environment of true self-expression and comfort in each of her homes became a huge priority and obsession. Eskayel’s mission is to create energetically positive, eco-friendly, wall-coverings, fabric, carpets, accessories and furnishings that are meant to last and bring value through innovation and beauty into the home and public spaces. We have a strong commitment to the environment and we aim to spread that message through our marketing, product description and manufacturing to effect education and loyalty to this cause. Nature and travel are what inspire us most. The colors of the Sunset and Ocean are a huge influence. Our design process usually starts with painting from pictures taken during traveling and deriving color schemes from nature. Water plays a big roll in the creative process, painting with aqueous inks and often soaking the paper completely, letting colors bleed and blend into one another. There is no vinyl in any of our inks or wallcovering substrates, which is extremely important to us, as VOCs are still a huge problem in the wallpaper industry. We only use natural linens and organic cottons for our fabric bases and for our commercial grade fabric and wallpapers we use recycled materials whenever possible. All of our inks are water-based. We produce locally in the northeastern United States, making all products to order so as to eliminate overproduction and reduce waste.
We also give one percent of our total sales to environmental organizations through our partnership with One Percent for the Planet. Learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org or visit our GIVING page to see our favorite nonprofits.