By Kadie Yale | Photography courtesy of Kravet Inc.
Since 1918, Kravet Inc. has created designs that live in the overlap of art and design. It’s no wonder that they have once again come together with artist and designer Malene Barnett to develop two new collections of rugs.
As a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Barnett completed
an independent study in carpet design while focusing on other arts such as painting
and photography. Since 2009, she has built a reputation for her brand, Malene B.,
as an epicenter for creative works which include her well-known custom rugs.
Over the last few decades, Barnett has been able to translate her artistic abilities
into commercial art design, primarily though custom carpets. This year, she expanded
her Malene B. line to include fine arts, which shine through in her designs.
Of her career in carpet design, Barnett said, “The thing about carpet was it
served many creative outlets for me. I was able to draw, I was able to paint, I was
able to add color. And then the item was functional. So for me, it was like a big
canvas. It allows me to create a product that many people [can] experience.”
Through her social media accounts—she can be found on Instagram at
@MaleneBAtelier—Barnett showcases not only her rugs but also her process,
inspiration, and artwork. In a particularly transparent series she calls “say it like it
is,” she shares the truth about entrepreneurship, including personal facts such as,
“Yes, it’s taken me 10 long years before I could even afford to rebrand” and “Yes,
my bad credit score was 500.” This series is notable because it is an example of
what to expect from Barnett: an unabashed truthfulness of a confident woman
Custom design studio
Malene B. has teamed with
Kravet Inc. for stunning new rug collections.
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ABOVE Malene Barnett,
Malene B. Atelier.
the successful collaboration
of Malene B. and Kravet Inc
in 2016, two collections
will be released Spring
2018: a custom hand-tufted collection and
a hand-knotted line
that will be available
in stock. They will both
be in Kravet showrooms.