Joanne Zorkendorfer, a former design director at IDEO, found her calling in decidedly nonindustrial elements:
Otomi, the vibrant embroidered motifs of flora and fauna based on rock paintings in central Mexican caves. Immediately drawn to the textiles’ modern, graphic quality, the San Franciscan sought a more contemporary format than bedspreads to show off their look and color. A friend (a textile historian and collector) connected her with a group of embroiderers in Tenago, and after three years of development, from finding the right foam-poly fiber filling to sourcing custom-dyed zippers and leather in Napa Valley, Zorkendorfer had prototyped unique low-lying daybed loungers, each of which requires three to four months to produce. Of Olli’s limited-run luxury furnishings, she says, “It’s the antithesis of Silicon Valley scalable massives. I’m creating really simple forms to let the craft do all the talking.” ollitt.com.
Written and edited by Alison Clare Steingold.
PHOTOS: Renee Zellweger.