November 15, 2011

One night only!


This Thursday, November 17th, from 6-8pm, Bennett Bean and Elizabeth Rand, the designers behind the Bennett Bean Studio, will debut their new line of rugs, as well as examples of their custom-designed pieces, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The installation explores the studio's work in three displays: New Material Options, Color Options, and Made-to-Order.

New Material Options presents the artists' new line, called the BB&E collection, which uses a new hand-tufting technique and adds New Zealand wool and viscose to the studio's existing offerings of Tibetan wool and silk.


Bennett Bean, who is perhaps most widely known for his ceramics, ventured into rug design after buying an antique Tibetan carpet in 1997. Studying the rug provided the inspiration to create his own, and he's been producing them ever since. In 2004, Elizabeth Rand, a multi-media artist who studied fiber at the Kansas City Art Institute, joined his studio, and together their unique artistic visions and personal experiences meld beautifully into subtle designs that are rendered by hand in Kathmandu, Nepal, and in two small villages outside New Delhi and Varanasi in India. (They've got GoodWeave stamp of approval, to boot.)



The museum's hosting of the collection's debut marks another milestone in their partnership with Bean. In 2009, the studio, along with Franci Sagar, Vice President of Retail and Brand Development at MAD, created a special collection of rugs, 9 for '09, for The Store at MAD.


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